Event Details — Distinguished Speaker Series: Peter Newman
Author and professor Peter Newman to speak about "Resilient Cities"
How sustainable urbanism could replace today’s carbon-consuming policies. The leading researcher on reducing automobile dependency will talk about his new book, "Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change."
Professor of Sustainability
Curtin University, Australia
: Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil & Climate Change
Thursday, Jan. 22, 7 pm
United Way Community Resource Center at 50 Waugh Dr.
, open to the public; free parking
Pre-lecture reception at 6:30 pm.
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Peter Newman's new book, "Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change," with Timothy Beatley and Heather Boyer, addresses cities under threat from the financial crash and the need to avoid pushing solutions such as road building and sub-urban sprawl that were partly responsible for the sub‐prime meltdown. Newman says a new approach to urban development needs to be forged out of the downturn that can at the same time enable cities to respond to the deep challenge of peak oil and climate change. Some hopeful directions will be outlined based on cities from around the world.
Newman's research on rescuing cities from automobile dependency has been a core part of the work Houston Tomorrow has done in looking at the Houston region's opportunities to create collaborative economic clusters that form sustainable networks of access, mobility, and green infrastructure
About Peter Newman
Peter Newman is Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in Western Australia and Director of the CUSP Institute. He is the author of Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence (Island Press, 1999), Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems and Resilient Cities (Island Press, 2008) and the new book Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change (Island Press 2008). Professor Newman is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leaders in sustainability.
He has written 8 books on the subject of sustainability, transport planning and cities and well over 200 refereed journal articles. He is a member of the Board of Infrastructure Australia which is delivering $20 billion of infrastructure to Australian cities and regions using a new sustainability-based approach.
Distinguished Speaker Funding
Anchorage Foundation of Texas
January 22, 2009
6:30PM for 2 hrs
United Way Community Resource Center, 50 Waugh Drive
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