Smart Green Cities by Woodrow Clark II and Grant Cooke

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New Book explores what the UN wants from its Paris December 2015 Meeting: The Critical Role of Cities in Creating a Carbon Neutral World

“Cities are the most important accomplishment of the human race,”

Smart Green Cities provides a comprehensive overview of what global cities are doing to become more sustainable. Written by Woodrow W. Clark II and Grant Cooke and published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, the book is out by the end of March 2016.

“Cities are the most important accomplishment of the human race,” as the authors note. “Today, over two-thirds of the world’s population lives in cities. If humanity is going to stop global warming and environmental disaster, it has to been done in cities.”

Smart Green Cities are both practical and visionary, taking a global perspective on the emerging importance that cities play when integrating “green” (environmental) and “smart” (technology) in mitigating climate change. With examples from around the world, including Europe, the United States, China, and the Middle East, Clark and Cooke describe the best green energy systems for cities today – from renewable energy power generation to being smart for on-site distributed grid systems that are integrated into communities and larger regions. The book also examines the infrastructure requirements – sustainable development, communications, energy, water, waste, and transportation systems required to develop guidelines, standards, processes, measurements and best practices for cities.

“City leaders are the key to mitigating climate change, as they are the ones who must plan, design and implement solutions,” says Clark, Qualitative Economist who was a contributing scientist to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which as an organization was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

The authors describe the extraordinary shift from a rural world to an urban one, analyzing national plans to mitigate climate change and reduce toxic greenhouse gas emissions. They also discuss the economics of implementing the solutions outlined in their last book together, The Green Industrial Revolution, which was published by Elsevier in 2014 and is available in Mandarin from China Electric Power Press.

“The struggle for the planet’s survival is being waged by the world’s cities. Smart Green Cities introduces sustainable technologies and offers numerous examples in public policy and economics to serve as pathways for cities to become smart, green, and ultimately carbon neutral sooner than later,” explains Cooke, a journalist and Silicon Valley businessman focused on emerging technologies and sustainability.

To learn more about Smart Green Cities, visit For all media inquiries and review copy requests, please contact Kate McCarty, Marketing Manager at Routledge/Taylor & Francis: katherine.mccarty(at)taylorandfrancis(dot)com

Cooke can be reached at grantcooke11(at)gmail(dot)com and Clark can be reached at wwclark13(at)gmail(dot)com

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