Green Metropolis by David Owen
Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability

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From the acclaimed New Yorker writer, a thought-provoking, innovative, and challenging new approach to protecting our environment.

Most Americans think of cities as ecological nightmares-wastelands of concrete, garbage, diesel fumes and traffic jams-but residents of urban cores actually consume less oil, electricity, and water than hybrid- driving Vermonters do, and they have smaller carbon footprints. Essentially, they're forced to. In this remarkable challenge to conventional thinking about the environment, David Owen offers an invaluable environmental template for a global population that is growing as natural resources shrink. Green Metropolis will change the way people think about the environment.

 

About David Owen

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Owen has enjoyed an extensive career in scientific research and journalism. Among his many accomplishments, he has written award-winning features for such prestigious papers as the Sunday Times.
 
Published August 29, 2009 by Riverhead. 372 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Nature & Wildlife, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Owen works the city-versus-countryside theme into the ground—ruralites may feel a little picked-on—but the author does an important service in pointing out that those who live in cities can be just as green as your garden-variety organic farmer—and even more so.

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Waxing crankier, Owen takes some digs at solar power, net metering (which gives people credit for wind or solar power they deliver back to the grid) and distributed generation: he claims they spur growth and consumption in the ’burbs, though he doesn’t give their proponents a chance to rebut his ...

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He delineates how the movement has encouraged sprawl — by demonizing cities and exalting open space — and argues that they need to shift emphasis toward making urban living more “appealing and life enhancing.” According to Owen, the most critical environmental issues in dense urban cores aren’t c...

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The Washington Post

Book Review: 'Green Metropolis' by David Owen - washingtonpost.com washingtonpost.com > Arts & Living > Books Your Comments On...

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The Washington Post

The deservedly respected journalist David Owen spent a lot of time in recent years patrolling the environmental beat, doing research for the excellent book we now have before us.

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Christian Science Monitor

David Owen, a staff writer for The New Yorker whose interests include global ecology, has examined numerous communities across America and discovered one that strikes him as a model of environmental efficiency.

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Daily Kos

New Yorkers don't do that.) 3) New York's carbon footprint should include the carbon footprint of those who commute into the city.

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Broad Street Review

But David Owen, a writer for The New Yorker, supplies us with facts most of us aren’t aware of and systematically demolishes the defenses raised by inhabitants of the great sprawl most Americans live in.

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TreeHugger

He sees little point in changing lightbulbs if you still drive a car, but because he does not in fact practice what he preaches and live in New York, he is doing what he can to "apply the Manhattan template to their own lives"- work from home, drive less, turn down the thermostat, insulate his ba...

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