Because of their old and inefficient transportation systems and poorly designed buildings, many cities, particularly those in the United States, consume huge amounts of energy every day. Much of this energy is generated by fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas, and gives off high levels of greenhouse gasses when these fuels are burned. At current consumption levels, many of these cities have energy demands which are simply not sustainable and may drive the city itself toward collapse. The authors of this book argue that with intelligent planning, redesign, and dedicated leadership, many cities can transform themselves and overcome the pending oil and climate change crises. The authors draw on initiatives from around the world to demonstrate the potential for urban renaissance and the implementation of practical solutions to reduce our energy requrements.
This book can be found in HECSA Library:
Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change
Peter Newman, Timothy Beatley, and Heather Boyer
HT 241 .N495 2009