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The Very Hungry City [electronic resource]: Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities

Austin Troy
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2012]
Language
English
ISBN
9780300165807, 0300165803, 9780300162318, 0300162316
Summary
"As global demand for energy grows and prices rise, a city's energy consumption becomes increasingly tied to its economic viability, warns the author of The Very Hungry City. Austin Troy, a seasoned expert in urban environmental management, explains for general readers how a city with a high "urban energy metabolism"--that is, a city that needs large amounts of energy in order to function--will be at a competitive disadvantage in the future. He explores why cities have different energy metabolisms and discusses an array of innovative approaches to the problems of expensive energy consumption. Troy looks at dozens of cities and suburbs in Europe and the United States--from Los Angeles to Copenhagen, Denver to the Swedish urban redevelopment project Hammarby Sjöstad--to understand the diverse factors that affect their energy use: behavior, climate, water supply, building quality, transportation, and others. He then assesses some of the most imaginative solutions that cities have proposed, among them green building, energy-efficient neighborhoods, symbiotic infrastructure, congestion pricing, transit-oriented development, and water conservation. To conclude, the author addresses planning and policy approaches that can bring about change and transform the best ideas into real solutions"--Provided by publisher.
"This book explores how cities around the world consume energy, assesses innovative ideas for reducing urban energy consumption, and discusses why energy efficiency will determine which cities thrive economically in the future"--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • Introduction: why urban energy metabolism matters
  • 1: Why cities are hungry
  • The 68°city
  • The big picture on rising energy prices
  • The very thirsty city
  • Oil depletion in the United States
  • The very mobile city
  • Global oil depletion
  • From dirt tracks to interstates
  • Tar sands
  • Transit wars
  • Coal
  • 2: Taming the urban appetite
  • The building energy diet
  • Natural gas
  • Smart mobility
  • Biofuels
  • Reinventing neighborhoods
  • Nuclear
  • The very regional city
  • Renewable energy generations
  • The very efficient city.
Description
1 online resource (xvii, 366 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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