Green Futures Lab

October 4, 2023

Climate Responsible City

With cities consuming significantly more energy and producing more greenhouse gas emissions, cities, and urban areas more broadly are critical in mitigating, or reducing the severity of, global climate change. For instance, how do we get to the places we need to go? What volume of GHG emissions are produced by city services like providing fresh water and sewage disposal? How are materials (which represent embodied GHG emissions) disposed of or reused?

Sarah Lukis and Erin Irby worked together to create The Climate Responsible City booklet to try and address these questions. The Climate Responsible City uses a materials flow analysis framework to help understand potential design intervention points at feasible scales and suggests alternative design actions based upon two different energy contexts in which urban designers may work, to achieve climate-positive outcomes for the climate responsible city.

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