Urban Sustainability in the Age of Climate Justice Lessons from Metro Phoenix
Thoughtful people look to cities for evidence that progress is being made in the fight to
avert climate change. The “sustainable cities” movement is thriving all across the world,
and mayors compete for the title of “greenest city in America.”
In this lecture, drawing on his own research in the metro Phoenix area, Andrew
Ross shows that the key solutions are more social than technical in nature.
Marketing a green lifestyle to affluent residents will create showpiece sustainable
enclaves, but will not alter the patterns of “eco-apartheid” that afflicts most large U.S.
Ross’s upcoming book, based on extensive interviews in the region, looks at some of
Phoenix’s biggest challenges–water management, urban growth, immigration policy,
pollution, energy supply, and downtown revitalization–in light of his arguments for
policies that promote environmental justice.
Andrew Ross is a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis
at New York University. A contributor to the Nation, the Village
Voice, and Artforum, he is the author of many books, including,
most recently, Nice Work if You Can Get It: Life and Labor in
Precarious Times, Fast Boat to China--Lessons from Shanghai,
Low Pay, High Profile: The Global Push for Fair Labor, No-
Collar: The Humane Workplace and its Hidden Costs, and The
Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Property
Value in Disney’s New Town.
Speaker: Andrew Ross
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Center for Creative Photography Room 108