Chapter Dedicated to Berwyn’s Low Carbon Emissions in “The Five-Ton Life” by Susan Subak

In a book part of the University of Nebraska Press’ Our Sustainable Future series recently published by Susan Subak, The Five-Ton Life: Carbon, America, and the Culture That May Save Us, Berwyn is mentioned throughout, plus a chapter is dedicated to Berwyn and its low carbon emissions. That’s not all—the book also gives a nod to our fair City’s Why Berwyn? Integrated Marketing Campaign, and Berwyn’s bungalows also get plenty of love. Learn more about the author here. #NothingLikeASuburb

About the Book

At nearly twenty tons per person, American carbon dioxide emissions are among the highest in the world. Not every American fits this statistic, however. Across the country there are urban neighborhoods, suburbs, rural areas, and commercial institutions that have drastically lower carbon footprints. These exceptional places, as it turns out, are neither “poor” nor technologically advanced. Their low emissions are due to culture.

In The Five-Ton Life, Susan Subak uses previously untapped sources to discover and explore various low-carbon locations. In Washington DC, Chicago suburbs, lower Manhattan, and Amish settlements in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, she examines the built and social environment to discern the characteristics that contribute to lower greenhouse-gas emissions. The most decisive factors that decrease energy use are a commitment to small interiors and social cohesion, although each example exhibits its own dynamics and offers its own lessons for the rest of the country.

Bringing a fresh approach to the quandary of American household consumption, Subak’s groundbreaking research provides many pathways toward a future that is inspiring and rooted in America’s own traditions.

About the Our Sustainable Future Series

The aim of the Our Sustainable Future series is to critically engage with emerging issues in social and ecological dimensions of sustainability, with a special emphasis on the intersection of agrarian studies and political ecology. The series will address new and interdisciplinary approaches to topics related to sustainable food and agricultural systems. These include dimensions of power, including knowledge production, social justice and inequality, cultural change, and public policy; and resource dimensions, including water, energy, soil and nutrient flows, pollutants, and agroecology. Volumes are written to appeal to professionals in the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities and to a larger audience, including teachers, students, researchers, agriculturalists, and the general public.

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