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Green Metropolis

Friday, December 31, 2010

David Owen explains why cities like New York are the greenest communities in the United States. People who live in urban centers consume less oil, electricity, and water, live in smaller spaces, throw away less trash, and spend far less time in automobiles than other Americans. Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability looks at why suburban sprawl may seem green, but it actually increases environmental damage. Owen looks at how to make cities more like the countryside, and how to make other settled places more like Manhattan.

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David Owen

Comments [2]

mancy from nyc

NYC has an antiquated water treatment system. when it rains, even a little, there is overflow. not so green in the sewage arena.

Jan. 01 2011 07:59 PM
Phil Henshaw from way uptown

Leonard,
You keep putting on these completely fake sustainability programs. It's evident you, like many other people, simply "like" that kind of delusional telling of tall tales as a way to care of the planet.

The REASON cities are crowded is because that's where the money is, and people crowd around money, and money is the world's main energy user.

Money has no meaning except as a token for what you can ask the rest of the world to do for you... i.e. the degree to which you can outsource your energy uses. So, of all the cities of the world, New Yorkers are among highest energy consumers in how we command energy uses all over the world in our service, with our money.

To not include how money is used to manage energy uses "offsite", as it were, serves to shield your awareness from what connects you to life. That's the crime! It's the worst of bad habits to continue our habit of seeing money as having value separate from life.

I promise, learning what connects you and us to life is really not something to hide from.

Dec. 31 2010 01:48 PM

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