Halina Brown: Sustainable Consumption Up Close and Personal

Most of my friends are concerned about climate change and support the idea of appropriate government interventions. That is probably true for many SCORAI listserv subscribers. But how often do we engage with these friends in conversations about sustainable consumption? In my case: rarely. I do not do it because I do not want to Read more about Halina Brown: Sustainable Consumption Up Close and Personal[…]

Halina Brown: The relentless household carbon footprint creep: US and China

Since last summer I have been writing about the relentless upward creep of household consumption (and carbon footprint) with growing household income. The question that preoccupies me is this: can income and private consumption be decoupled? In my view this is one of the most important challenges for the SCORAI community: the researchers, activists and Read more about Halina Brown: The relentless household carbon footprint creep: US and China[…]

Halina Brown: “Sustainable lifestyles worth holding on to”

It is much harder to change consumption patterns that have already been established than to find ways to keep them from increasing. This is why I think that the growing middle class in the post-soviet Europe presents an opportunity to promote sustainable lifestyles. On the one hand, these are well educated people whose basic needs Read more about Halina Brown: “Sustainable lifestyles worth holding on to”[…]

Sustainable Consumption in Poland: an Oxymoron?

I recently spent two weeks in Poland, the country from which I emigrated at age 20, long before anyone could imagine the Solidarity movement and the demise of the soviet bloc. I have visited Poland several times since the disintegration of the soviet bloc, watching the remarkable changes taking place. During the first decade of Read more about Sustainable Consumption in Poland: an Oxymoron?[…]

E-Biking into sustainable mobility

By Halina Brown. The bicycle of today is amazingly similar to its 1886 forbearer. The innovations over the ensuing 130 years — gears, breaks, new materials and manufacturing processes – have not changed its iconic shape and the relationship between the machine and its user: sit down on the saddle, put your hands on the Read more about E-Biking into sustainable mobility[…]

Halina Brown: “Sustainable consumption and wellbeing on a modest carbon footprint: Penn South, an affordable urban community in New York City”

In my July 9 post, I proposed that one-way cities might ameliorate the detrimental effects of extreme income inequality, while also avoiding the inevitable increase in greenhouse gas emissions that accompanies higher income, is to provide affordable services and amenities. Affordable housing is a great place to start and it is an opportunity for municipalities Read more about Halina Brown: “Sustainable consumption and wellbeing on a modest carbon footprint: Penn South, an affordable urban community in New York City”[…]

Is sustainable consumption compatible with increasing the income among the poor and the middle class?

I recently attended a workshop convened by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, USDN, on the topic of sustainable consumption. One of the issues that repeatedly came up was how to address income inequality while also promoting sustainable consumption. To pursue either of these two big questions is a big undertaking already, but the two together Read more about Is sustainable consumption compatible with increasing the income among the poor and the middle class?[…]