Date of Award
Program or Major
Natural Resources and Environmental Studies
Doctor of Philosophy
Mimi Larsen Becker
Theoretical constructs of social capital and sustainable community development are examined through the lens of the lived experience of a small Vermont town. A case study of the community's land use planning history from the 1960's through to the present assesses the actions and relationships among individuals and institutions engaged in civic efforts to achieve environmental, economic, and social balance in development decision-making. The role of a land trust and its members as a community system changing variable---a self-organized institutional response to the concerns of citizens to the unsustainable development of their community---is evaluated. Findings describe the process whereby social capital is converted into civic action to direct a community's path towards a sustainable future and provides recommendations for supporting the process of change.
Brushett, Lynda A., "Examining the role of social capital in community development: How the creation of a land trust set a small town on the path to sustainability" (2004). Doctoral Dissertations. 203.