From the lovely Sarah Dorsey…
The book for the spring semester is Green Metropolis by David Owen.
A challenging, controversial, and highly readable look at our lives, our world, and our future.
In this remarkable challenge to conventional thinking about the environment, David Owen argues that the greenest community in the United States is not Portland, Oregon, or Snowmass, Colorado, but New York, New York.
Most Americans think of crowded cities as ecological nightmares, as wastelands of concrete and garbage and diesel fumes and traffic jams. Yet residents of compact urban centers, Owen shows, individually consume less oil, electricity, and water than other Americans. They live in smaller spaces, discard less trash, and, most important of all, spend far less time in automobiles. Residents of Manhattan- the most densely populated place in North America -rank first in public-transit use and last in percapita greenhouse-gas production, and they consume gasoline at a rate that the country as a whole hasn’t matched since the mid-1920s, when the most widely owned car in the United States was the Ford Model T. They are also among the only people in the United States for whom walking is still an important means of daily transportation.
Book Group Schedule:
We are going to stick with our Thursday evening meeting time from last semester – see below. Time: 5:30-7PM. Place: Sessions (http://www.yelp.com/biz/sessions-greensboro) on spring garden street!
NOTE: the author will be on the UNCG campus on Tuesday, March 20. In addition to a keynote address in the evening by The New Yorker magazine writer David Owen on his book Green Metropolis, the committee is planning an afternoon panel addressing urban sustainability from the perspectives of the science of sustainability, urban policy and sustainability, and sustainable urban design. David Owen’s book will be used as a jumping off point for the panel, which will then give a set of thought-provoking comments based on their own research and experience.