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Urban Leadership on Climate Change

Joan Fitzgerald



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Oxford University Press
01 June 2020
Collectively, cities take up a relatively tiny amount of land on the earth, yet emit 72 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Clearly, cities need to be at the center of any broad effort to reduce climate change.

In Greenovation, the eminent urban policy scholar Joan Fitzgerald argues that too many cities are only implementing random acts of greenness that will do little to address the climate crisis. She instead calls for greenovation --using the city as a test bed for adopting and perfecting green technologies for more energy--efficient buildings, transportation, and infrastructure more broadly. Further, Fitzgerald contends that while many city mayors cite income inequality as a pressing problem, few cities are connecting climate action and social justice-another aspect of greenovation. Focusing on the biggest producers of greenhouse gases in cities, buildings, energy and transportation, Fitzgerald examines how greenovating cities are reducing emissions overall and lays out an agenda for fostering and implementing urban innovations that can help reverse the path toward irrevocable climate damage. Drawing on interviews with practitioners in more than 20 North American and European cities, she identifies the strategies and policies they are employing and how support from state, provincial and national governments has supported or thwarted their efforts. A uniquely urban-focused appraisal of the economic, political, and social debates that underpin the drive to go green, Greenovation helps us understand what is arguably the toughest policy problem of our era: the increasing impact of anthropocentric climate change on modern social life.
By:   Joan Fitzgerald
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 161mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   506g
ISBN:   9780190695514
ISBN 10:   019069551X
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 June 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Chapter 1: Introduction: Cities on the Front Lines. Chapter 2: Building the Energy Efficient City Chapter 3: Beyond the Building: District Heating and Cooling Chapter 4: Completely Renewable Cities Chapter 5: Electrifying Transportation Chapter 6: Deprioritizing Cars Chapter 7: Eco-Districts: Integration and Experimentation Chapter 8: Cities and the Green Economy Chapter 9: Climate Just Cities Chapter 10: Connecting the Dots

Joan Fitzgerald is a professor of Urban and Public Policy at Northeastern University. She focuses on urban climate action and the connections between urban sustainability and economic development and innovation. In addition, she examines how climate action can create opportunity for revitalization of low-income communities. Her third book, Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development (Oxford), illustrates how cities are creating economic development opportunities in several green sectors.

Reviews for Greenovation: Urban Leadership on Climate Change

Given the failure of nations to engage the climate crisis at the speed that physics demands, we're going to need to rely on city governments for a lot of heavy lifting. Joan Fitzgerald shows precisely how to harvest beyond the low-hanging fruit: this is a smart book, filled with enough detail to help any planner, and enough vision to inspire any citizen. -- Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? and founder of The first sentence of the first chapter of this powerful and necessary book immediately establishes the stakes: aCities cover about 3 percent of the land on Earth, yet they produce about 72 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions.a These two data points send a strong message to all urban citizens and the mayors who govern over them: implementing the transformative changes necessary for mitigating climate change should begin with us, the residents of cities. Joan Fitzgerald explains to readers where the potential for green policy innovation lies, and how cities across the world have been putting successful policies in place. -- Allan Larsson, former Swedish Social Democratic politician and Minister for Finance Greenovation is the definitive account of the paramount role cities must play in the shift to a sustainable economy. Fitzgerald both describes what leading cities are doing to reduce their emissions, particularly in buildings and transportation, and lays out an agenda for what lagging cities need to do-all the while keeping in mind how national governments need to support the urban climate agenda. -- Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, City Manager of Vancouver With this meticulously researched and highly readable book, Joan Fitzgerald challenges us to take bolder action on climate justice. It is time to move beyond tokenism to real greenovation that scales up energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric transportation, active mobility, and more. Based on inspirational cases from around the world, Greenovation provides the institutional roadmap that will transform our cities, and thus the planet. -- Karen Chapple, Professor and Chair of City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley How do North American and European cities lead byAgreenovatingAin fast, nimble, and effective ways? In this thoroughly researched and argued book, Fitzgerald issues a clarion call for integrative political action on the linked problems of urban climate change and inequality to create a thriving and more equitable economy. -- Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, Tufts University This work provides a broad perspective on the central role of cities in mitigating climate change... One strength of this book is that the essential complexity of solutions is embraced rather than ignored. --CHOICE Greenovation: Urban Leadership on Climate Change will be an important read for scholars in urban planning, but it also provides interesting insights for researchers in geography and sustainability transitions. In addition, the book is valuable for policy-makers and planners seeking to find inspiration on how to greenovate their cities... I am confident the book will play an important role in future discussions on solutions for the climate crisis. --Regional Studies Journal

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