“Urban Metabolism” Could Beat “Sustainability” in a Buzzword Contest

Next City wrote an article about Dr. Pincetl and the California Center for Sustainable Communities’ urban metabolism research.

“Urban Metabolism” Could Beat “Sustainability” in a Buzzword Contest, by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Nex City, December 23, 2014

Several years ago, the California Energy Commission approached Pincetl about trying to better understand energy use in the area. She was acquainted with the idea of urban metabolism, and thought it would be a useful lens to apply. She and her colleagues have been studying energy and water flows across L.A. County, consulting data from the L.A. Department of Water and Power, census data and county data about building characteristics. (Sample findings: water use has declined over time; buildings built between 1980 and 2000 typically consume more energy than older buildings.)

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