Urban Sustainability in the Age of Climate Justice: Lessons from Metro Phoenix

Friday, November 18, 2011, 5 - 6:30pm

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The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and
the Institute for Sustainable Design invite you to a lecture by
Andrew Ross

Urban Sustainability in the Age of Climate Justice:
Lessons from Metro Phoenix


5:00 pm Friday November 18th in the Rose
free and open to the public

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. Mayors compete for the title of “greenest city in America.” Drawing on his own research in the metro Phoenix area -- what he calls "the world's least sustainable city" -- Andrew Ross shows that the key solutions are more social than technical. 

Andrew Ross is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. A contributor to the New York TimesNation, the Village Voice, and Artforum, he is the author of many books, most recently Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World's Least Sustainable City (Oxford University Press, 2011).



  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.