The Urban Metabolism

Jan 31, 2012

Having a “high metabolism” is seen as a positive for humans...what about cities?

The idea of “urban metabolism” comes from a new book by Austin Troy, associate professor at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.  He’s the author of The Very Hungry City: Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities

Troy argues that cities that need a large amount of energy to function will be at a competitive disadvantage.

He traveled to dozens of cities and suburbs to take a deeper look at what drives this hunger for energy...human behavior, extreme climate, water supply, transportation and more.

We’ll also take a look at how Connecticut’s urban areas are doing with the Director of Environment Northeast’s Climate and Energy Analysis Center. *This program was produced with assistance from Betsy Kaplan and Heather Brandon.