As global demand for energy grows and prices rise, a city's energy consumption becomes increasingly tied to its economic viability, warns the author of The Very Hungry City. Austin Troy, a seasoned expert in urban environmental management, explains for general readers how a city with a high "urban energy metabolism"that is, a city that needs large amounts of energy in order to functionwill be at a competitive disadvantage in the future. He explores why cities have different energy metabolisms and discusses an array of innovative approaches to the problems of expensive energy consumption.Troy looks at dozens of cities and suburbs in Europe and the United Statesfrom Los Angeles to Copenhagen, Denver to the Swedish urban redevelopment project Hammarby Sj

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