Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why has our society been able to make so little progress on reducing CO2 emissions?

    There are three key factors: (i) Our laws and regulations are full of barriers to innovation around energy use, (ii) We have no tradition of how our institutions can work together on this problem, and (iii) We have not ascribed an economic value to climate stability

  • What was your goal in writing this book?

    The Carbon Efficient City is meant to be an interesting and readable roadmap to carbon efficiency in the built environment. It is definitely not a polemic; our audience needs approaches that recognize economic and political realities and will be turned off by impractical ideas. We hope we have written a volume that will interest people who are involved in buildings and cities at all levels, from professionals to concerned citizens. To hear A-P speaking about our goals in writing the book:click here

  • How is The Carbon Efficient City different from the many other books on green cities?

    While many books identify the vision for carbon efficiency or sustainability, The Carbon Efficient City talks about how to achieve the vision in very specific, concrete terms that align with the realities of the market. Many existing books have explored single strategies and discuss how policies can impact the success of that strategy. The Carbon Efficient City examines the full cross-section of strategies and the ways in which they interrelate, and suggests how policy in aggregate needs to align to make the vision happen. The book meets the great challenge of describing a comprehensive solution, testing the pieces of it and really considering whether all of the suggested strategies can work.

  • Who do you think is the primary audience for the book?

    The primary audience is professionals and informed lay readers with a strong interest in sustainable buildings, neighborhoods and cities. They will find The Carbon Efficient City to be a thought-provoking read and source of conversation. Professionals in the built environment and the land use community including planners, developers, architects and engineers will appreciate this book because it does a great deal to explain why some projects and visions succeed, while others face seemingly endless roadblocks. Policymakers, elected officials, public administrators and thought leaders focused at the municipal, county, state and federal levels can look to this book for a balanced and practical set of strategies that form a comprehensive solution to the problem of carbon emissions from the built environment.

  • Are there other groups who might benefit from reading the book?

    Ordinary people who are curious about what we can do about climate change, would enjoy The Carbon Efficient City. Pragmatists who wonder," how do we get there?" rather than just "where might we go?" will particularly appreciate this book relative to the many others that have been published in this field.

  • Who is the publisher of The Carbon Efficient City?

    The University of Washington Press published The Carbon Efficient City in August 2012. Click on the following link to see the publisher's catalog entry.University of Washington Press catalog

  • Can I arrange for the authors to speak to my group about this topic?

    A-P and Al are available to speak about the ideas in the book. Send us a message through our Contact Us page and we'll get back to you asap. Contact Us