GoGreen heads to 'least sustainable' Phoenix

Portland's GoGreen Conference is headed to Phoenix.

Portland's GoGreen Conference is headed to Phoenix.

Phoenix doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being green.

Andrew Ross, a professor at New York University, has a new book out that claims Phoenix is actually the world’s least sustainable city. In a New York Times column this week, he laid out some of his case from his new book, “Bird on Fire: Lessons From the World’s Least Sustainable City.”

Next week, the first GoGreen Phoenix conference will be held downtown Nov. 15. It will bring with it a host of discussions on how the region can be more sustainable.

The organizers, Portland-based GoGreen Conference, have been organizing Q&A sessions with some of its presenters, offering up attendees a chance to get some of their thoughts before the event.

It presents an interesting contrast to Ross’ assertion that Phoenix is a green wasteland, and I’ll bet the book may come up in conversation a time or two.

Ross uses his book to make the case that the region is like hundreds of others in the U.S. and around the globe that spent the post-World War II era growing while forgetting about some important details along the way.

Phoenix always seems to get thrown under the bus for sustainability. It is a mass of sprawling suburbs. Everyone seems to drive 30 miles to work. There is public transportation, but it’s fledgling Metro light rail system is stalled where it is because no one seems to want to pay to expand its reach.

Read more in the Phoenix Business Journal.

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