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The status of "smart cities" in 2012


Common Current's Warren Karlenzig in CQ Researcher: "Are Futuristic Metropolises Good Investments?", 27 July 2012, Volume 22, Issue 27

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The Legacy of Shanghai Expo 2010


Warren Karlenzig on the legacy of global Green City futures in Vision magazine, June 2012.

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China's Provincial and City Low Carbon Pilot Programs: A New Opportunity for Global Emissions Reductions from "Low Carbon Accounting, Management and Credit System"


By Warren Karlenzig and Daniel Zhu, paper delivered during the 4th China World Forum for the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences subforum on Green Economy, Shanghai, Saturday, November 7, 2010. Abstract: introduces the main issues associated with successfully achieving low carbon provinces and cities in China, where in 2010 the National Development Reform Commission (NDRC) announced a program for five low-carbon pilot provinces and eight low carbon pilot cities.

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"The Death of Sprawl: Designing Urban Resilience for the Twenty-First Century Resource and Climate Crises"


University of California Press book The Post Carbon Reader advance chapter (Fall 2010), "The Death of Sprawl: Designing Urban Resilience for the Twenty-First Century Resource and Climate Crises," by Warren Karlenzig, President, Common Current




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"Major US City Post-Oil Preparedness Ranking"
By Warren Karlenzig, President, Common Current
November 10, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO -- As the nation ushers in the new Obama Presidential administration and faces uncertainty in terms of its future economy, imported energy and climate change regulations, a new study ranked the largest 50 US cities by their readiness for this new era.

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"Major US City Preparedness for an Oil Crisis"
By Warren Karlenzig, President, Common Current
March 4th, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO -- As world oil prices reached their highest levels ever Monday, a new study released today ranked the largest 50 US cities by their readiness for $4+ a gallon gas and $100+ a barrel oil prices.

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"These authors provide a rich menu of ideas and examples for transforming our cities into models of energy efficiency, sustainability, quality living and economic revitalization."

--Bruce Babbitt, former Secretary of the Interior and author of Cities in the Wilderness: A New Vision of Land Use

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Growing Greener Cities: Urban Sustainability in the 21st Century
Chapter on Green Cities contributed by Warren Karlenzig, President, Common Current

Growing Greener Cities
Urban Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century
Eugenie L. Birch and Susan M. Wachter, Editors

416 pages | 6 x 9 | 17 color, 55 b/w illus.
Paper Jul 2008 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2037-7
A volume in the City in the Twenty-First Century series

Nineteenth-century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted described his most famous project, the design of New York's Central Park, as "a democratic development of highest significance." Over the years, the significance of green in civic life has grown. In twenty-first-century America, not only open space but also other issues of sustainability--such as potable water and carbon footprints--have become crucial elements in the quality of life in the city and surrounding environment. Confronted by a U.S. population that is more than 70 percent urban, growing concern about global warming, rising energy prices, and unabated globalization, today's decision makers must find ways to bring urban life into balance with the Earth in order to sustain the natural, economic, and political environment of the modern city.

In Growing Greener Cities, a collection of essays on urban sustainability and environmental issues edited by Eugenie L. Birch and Susan M. Wachter, scholars and practitioners alike promote activities that recognize and conserve nature's ability to sustain urban life. These essays demonstrate how partnerships across professional organizations, businesses, advocacy groups, governments, and individuals themselves can bring green solutions to cities from London to Seattle. Beyond park and recreational spaces, initiatives that fall under the green umbrella range from public transit and infrastructure improvement to aquifer protection and urban agriculture.

Growing Greener Cities offers an overview of the urban green movement, case studies in effective policy implementation, and tools for measuring and managing success. Thoroughly illustrated with color graphs, maps, and photographs, Growing Greener Cities provides a panoramic view of urban sustainability and environmental issues for green-minded city planners, policy makers, and citizens. More...


fb "Now more than ever, we need vibrant, attractive cities to counter the unsustainable impacts of suburban sprawl. This book shows how to use green infrastructure--from heat and water absorbing green roofs to restorative neighborhood parks--to draw and hold residents and businesses while improving environmental quality. It's an essential read for anyone interested in making our cities strong and sustainable."

--Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council

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"How Green is Your City? has the most rigorous methodology going to separate the bright greens from the pale greens, yellows and reds. Green cities are the future, read this book!"

--Randy Hayes, Founder, Rainforest Action Network and Former Director of Sustainability,
City of Oakland, CA
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How Green is Your City?
By Warren Karlenzig, President, Common Current

In our peak oil, post-Katrina world, how do America's largest cities stack up in terms of sustainability?

Which cities are more self-reliant and better prepared for our uncertain future? Which cities are operating business-as-usual?

How Green is Your City? is the outcome of a sustainability study involving the largest 50 cities in the US, compiled by SustainLane in 2006. This study, also known as the SustainLane US City Rankings, measures each city's performance in 15 areas of urban sustainability. Among these areas:

  • Public transit use
  • Air and tap water quality
  • Planning/land use
  • Affordability
  • Energy/climate change policy
  • Local food/agriculture
The resulting comparisons provide a snapshot of urban sustainability in the US today. Leading the pack is Portland, Oregon, with its high quality of life and commitment to green building, local food, alternative fuels and renewable energy, while Columbus, Ohio, with its dependence on the automobile and poor public transit, ranks at the bottom.

How Green is Your City? serves as an in-depth analysis of each major city's management policies, strengths and challenges, as well as a survey of where clean technologies might break new ground to expand job-markets and tax-bases across the country.

How Green is Your City? will appeal to city planners, legislators, green businesses, as well as anyone interested in their quality of life and making their city a more sustainable place.


Reviews

"Sustainability is more than an environmental issue. It's about our economic and personal security, as well as the health and wellbeing of our families and neighbors. How Green is Your City? is a powerful indicator of how prepared cities are to address both the challenges and opportunities ahead. It is destined to play a critical role in leading local governments to help their economies and communities survive and thrive in uncertain times."

--Joel Makower, Founder, GreenBiz.com, and Co-founder
and Principal, Clean Edge, Inc.


SW "How Green is Your City? is the first national ranking of 50 US cities evaluating how well cities are doing in implementing sustainable practices based on a comprehensive set of indicators, ranging from air quality to use of renewable energy. This is a must read for city officials and citizens who are interested in how cities are responding to the integrated global challenges of environmental and economic sustainability."

--Prof. Susan M. Wachter, Co-director, Institute for
Urban Research
, and Director, Wharton GeoSpatial
Initiative
, The Wharton School, University of
Pennsylvania




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