Near Tianjin, one of China's largest industrial cities, a new "eco-city" was built with the stated purpose of environmental performance.  Things didn't work out as planned.  The ostensibly model metropolis is using more energy and water per person than is London, one of the world's oldest industrial cities.  It forcused so blindly on maximizing urban green space that it set its buildings too far apart, requiring people to drive among them.  In another Chinese "eco-city," some houses - built entirely of recyclable materials - were considered so uncomfortable to live in that they remain vacant.

Speaker: Rob Best, PhD Student, Civil & Environmental Engineering

The talk is part of the Roble Living Laboratory for Sustainability at Stanford (ROLLSS), Roble's new sustainability inititative.  The Hard Earth series, which will run through the 2016-2017 academic year, gives Stanford graduate students researching vexing areas of sustainability a platorm to share their work with undergraduates.  The series is generously supported by Stanford's Office of the Vice Provost of Graduate Education.