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Date(s) - Monday, April 30
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management


Held in Bren Hall 1414.

With the urgent need to dramatically shrink human use of fossil carbon fuels, the role of cities has become central. Human populations are projected to become 60% urban this century, an unprecedented change for humanity. For a city of 10 million people, over 6,000 tons of food has to be imported every day, traveling an average of 1,000 miles. Material flows to support mega cities are poorly quantified, but vast. How will cities in the Anthropocene evolve? Can we supply large cities with what they need in a fossil carbon restricted world? This conceptual talk proposes that cities may be far more constrained in determining their future than is hoped for, and that to develop strategies for a post-fossil carbon world, the commonly accepted future of urbanization needs to be questioned and examined.

Dr. Stephanie Pincetl conducts research on environmental policies and governance and analyzes how institutional rules construct how natural resources and energy are used to support human activities. Currently her research group is working on water, energy and urban ecology, including water resources for Los Angeles County. She is expert in bringing together interdisciplinary teams of researchers across the biophysical and engineering sciences with the social sciences to address problems of complex urban systems and environmental management.