Past Event

Book Talk: The Sustainable City

February 28, 2018
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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The New York Public Library Author Talk series present, Steven Cohen, executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute. Professor Cohen reveals how cities are embracing sustainability through infrastructure, transportation systems, and more. Conversations on sustainability often center on conservation and efforts to preserve nature outside of the city. But for the first time in human history, the majority of people on Earth live in urban areas. What roles can city planner and city dweller play to ensure a sustainable city? In his new book, The Sustainable City, Steven Cohen argues that cities must coexist with nature. Many places are already investing in the infrastructure of the future―renewable energy, energy efficiency, mass and personal transit, and advanced sewage and waste management, for example but, according to Cohen, the modern city still has a long way to go. In this talk, the author surveys the urban systems of the 21st century, detailing policies and projects underway in cities around the world. Sustainability issues, from transportation and food waste to renewable energy, have an enduring impact on city residents. By organizing for sustainable infrastructure, Cohen argues, citizens have the power to advocate for their city's long-term prosperity. Steven Cohen will be joined in conversation with Eric Sanderson. A Q and A session will follow.