Climate Change, Community Stability, and the Next 150 Million Americans

Thad Williamson, Steve Dubb and Gar Alperovitz

Curbing carbon emissions requires far more than technical know-how. We must change not only our energy use and transportation practices, but also where and how we work and live. It also requires ending the commonplace economic practice of treating built communities as disposable items that can be abandoned when market conditions change.

The challenge is daunting. Yet it also presents an opportunity. Putting forth a vision of green community wealth building, in which community-anchored enterprises, linked to sophisticated and decentralized planning, support stable and sustainable local economies, this study outlines how truly integrated approaches can help America meet the sustainability challenge.

September 2010 • 92 pp. 8.75 x 11.25"
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Curbing carbon emissions requires far more than technical know-how. We must change not only our energy use and transportation practices, but also where and how we work and live. It also requires ending the commonplace economic practice of treating built communities as disposable items that can be abandoned when market conditions change.

The challenge is daunting. Yet it also presents an opportunity. Putting forth a vision of green community wealth building, in which community-anchored enterprises, linked to sophisticated and decentralized planning, support stable and sustainable local economies, this study outlines how truly integrated approaches can help America meet the sustainability challenge.

This report includes the following sections:

  • Chapter One: A Collision Between Two Trends
  • Chapter Two: Defining a Sustainable Metropolis
  • Chapter Three: Why Ecological Sustainability Requires Economic Sustainability
  • Chapter Four: Projecting Future Population and Transportation Trends
  • Chapter Five: A Toolbox for Promoting Long-Term Economic Sustainability
  • Chapter Six: Building National and Regional Planning Capacity
  • Chapter Seven: Policy for a Post-Carbon Economy


Thad Williamson, Steve Dubb and Gar Alperovitz, Climate Change, Community Stability, and the Next 150 Million Americans, College Park, MD: The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, September 2010.

Curbing carbon emissions requires far more than technical know-how. We must change not only our energy use and transportation practices, but also where and how we work and live. It also requires ending the commonplace economic practice of treating built communities as disposable items that can be abandoned when market conditions change.

The challenge is daunting. Yet it also presents an opportunity. Putting forth a vision of green community wealth building, in which community-anchored enterprises, linked to sophisticated and decentralized planning, support stable and sustainable local economies, this study outlines how truly integrated approaches can help America meet the sustainability challenge.