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Smart Green Cities

Toward a Carbon Neutral World, 1st Edition

By Woodrow Clark II, Grant Cooke


350 pages

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Smart Green Cities: is a comprehensive overview of what global cities are doing to become sustainable. Woodrow W. Clark II and Grant Cooke have produced a book that is both practical and visionary. They have examined the infrastructure needs - sustainable development, communications, energy, water, waste, and transportation to develop guidelines, processes and best practices. City leaders are key to mitigating climate change who must plan, design and implement solutions. Smart Green Cities (SGC) offers a global perspective that includes implementing the Green Industrial Revolution the title of their last book. SGC discusses innovative emerging technologies, and the new economics paradigm that move beyond the out-dated neo-classical economics. The authors present examples from around the world including Europe, the U.S, China and the Middle East, which discuss the best green technologies from renewable energy power generation to smart on-site grid development. The extraordinary shift from a rural to an urban world is described; national plans are analyzed; so that future cities will be designed, built and implemented now - not 50 years from now. The struggle for the planet’s survival is being waged by the world’s cities. Clark and Cooke argue that cities are the key to mitigating climate change and reducing toxic greenhouse gas emissions. SGC introduces sustainable technologies; discusses the economics for implementing the solutions; and offers numerous examples to serve as pathways for cities to become smart, green, and thus carbon neutral.

Table of Contents


1. Modern Civilization is the City

  • How cities evolved—the Romans were engineering geniuses
  • Half the world’s population lives in a city
  • National strategies since WWII – cities need to be built
  • Expansion of cities

2. Key Problems Facing Modern Cities

  • Global impact: climate change and carbon emissions
  • Higher crime, geopolitical terror, need for security with corruption and white collar crimes
  • Infrastructures: energy, transportation, water, waste, and telecommunications.
  • Personal and family needs: food and housing—example of London requiring 20 percent of new housing, public housing? What about safety, medical care, and social services?
  • Business and commercial development
  • Results today in urban areas: congestion, health costs and politics

3. The Green Industrial Revolution

  • What is it and what will it do.
  • Prior books and theories: First, Second and Third Industrial Revolutions all add up to the GIR

4. Smart, Green is Sustainable

  • Overview of sustainability—what’s it all about
  • Why it is so important to create SGCs?
  • Main elements are: local and regional plans, integration of all systems, renewable energy, storage, smart grids, finance and funding.

5. Technologies that Make a City Smart and Green

  • Storage Technologies & V2G Power storage in electric cars
  • Smart, Green Grids & China’s Leading Smart Grid
  • Greener Waste Collecting
  • Emerging Green Technologies
  • A Revolution in Lighting Technologies and Peak Demand Response
  • Cool Roofs Will Offset Carbon
  • Nanotechnology –"Really" small things
  • Regeneration Braking: From Trains to Cars to Trains and Back Again
  • Combined Heat and Power—CHP.
  • Heat Pumps and Seawater Heat Pumps
  • Biofuel: A Transitional Energy Power
  • Algae as a Biofuel Source
  • Waste to Energy
  • Hydrogen—a breakthrough technology
  • Commercializing Emerging Technologies


6. Sustainable Green Transport

  • Transportation—autos, buses, walking and bicycles
  • New emerging technologies: electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars
  • Integrated into other infrastructures: water, waste, WiFi,
  • Regional transportation: maglev trains, water and air travel

7. China—Revolutionary Green Transformation

  • Five-Year Plans – evaluation and planning with finance
  • Regional studies and plans implemented: case of IMAR
  • Civic capitalism: concern with economic growth that is good for everyone
  • International and regional role model

8. The Next Economics for a Greener World

  • The world is round: climate change and economics are tied together

  • Western economics: neo-classical Adam Smith
  • Economics as a science
  • Critical area: stop dependency on fossil fuels
    • Middle-east
    • Conflicts
    • Terrorists
    • Resolution of political issues: Israel and others

  • Use of economics in Smart Green Cities
  • Finance and funding transformation

9. Smart Ecocities—New Ideas for Urban Living.

  • The Ecocity movement. From Berkeley to Australia. History, background and focus
  • Future plans and implementation process
  • Case studies including Copenhagen, Madsar & UC Davis West Village

10. The Smart Green Cities

  • End of the Oil Age
  • The Green Industrial Revolution Impact on Cities
  • Towards a Greener Future
  • Grid Parity and Energy Deflation
  • What makes a Smart, Green City?
  • Berlin’s Plan to Become Carbon Neutral


Appendices—Detailed Case Studies

A) Quay Valley Ranch by Grant Cooke

B) Berlin by Cornina Alternburg, Fritz Reusswig and Wiebke Lass

C) Potsdam by Cornina Alternburg and Fritz Reusswig,

D) Vilnius by Natalija Lepkova and Dalia Bardauskienne

E) Asia-Pacific by Steffen Lehmann

F) Mauritius by V. Oree, A. Khoodaruth, M.K. Elahee and Woodrow W. Clark II

G) Smart Green MicroCities by Naved Jafry and Garson Silvers











About the Authors

Dr Clark is an expert in economics, renewable energy, and sustainable communities who was a contributing scientist to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which as an organization won the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2007. In the 1990s, he was the first Manager of Energy Technology Transfer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. At the turn of the 21st Century he was California Governor Davis’ Renewable Energy Advisor and then in 2004 formed Clark Strategic Partners, an international renewable energy, economics, and environmental consulting firm. Grant Cooke is a journalist and Silicon Valley businessman with experience in emerging technologies and sustainability. In 2006, he was one of the first businessmen involved with California’s $3.5 billion world-leading energy efficiency program. He is also an established writer with numerous publishing credits including The Green Industrial Revolution: Energy, Engineering and Economics�, with Clark.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Strategic Planning
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics