The promise of sustainability for Iowa


  • Paul Lasley Iowa State University



Sustainability, Economic Development, Social Justice, Environmental Protection, Midwest History


First paragraphs:

I was first attracted to graduate school in sociol­ogy in part to help me understand the nagging question of why some people work hard and yet remain poor. When extrapolated to the community level, I was puzzled by why some communities seem to grow and thrive and yet others decline and stagnate. I wish this book had been available during my graduate training. 

Two essential dimensions of community eco­nomic development are the natural resource base of the community and the qualities of the work­force, what is often referred to as the human capi­tal of local residents. Jeopardizing either the re­source base or failing to invest in people generally diminishes the opportunities for economic devel­opment. Likewise, spoil the environment and it becomes less attractive to live in and those who can migrate elsewhere. Failing to invest in educa­tion and skill training often results in a marginal­ized population that cannot fully engage in the growth and development of the community. . . .


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Author Biography

Paul Lasley, Iowa State University

Professor, Sociology

Cover of "Green, Fair, and Prosperous"



How to Cite

Lasley, P. (2020). The promise of sustainability for Iowa. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(1), 285–287.