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April 2019: Drs. John L. Renne (FAU) and Billy M. Fields (TSU)


Adaptation Urbanism

John L. Renne, Ph.D., AICP, is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University, located in Boca Raton, Florida. He is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Transport Studies Unit in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford in England.  Dr. Renne is the founder of several companies that focus on TOD real estate development, consulting, investment and data, including The TOD Group, LLC, TOD Group Consulting, LLC, Denver TOD Fund, LLC and the  Renne is the co-editor of Transport Beyond Oil: Policy Choices for a Multimodal Future (2013) and Transit Oriented Development: Making It Happen (2009). Dr. Renne serves as the Chair of the Mobility Committee for the Urban Land Institute, SE Florida/Caribbean Council, Chair of the Transportation and Land Development Committee of the Transportation Research Board, and Chair of the nonprofit He is currently working on two books, including Resilient Transportation Systems: Policy, Planning and Implementation and Adaptation Urbanism.

Billy Fields, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas State University. His research focuses on understanding the key elements of resilient communities. He is the co-editor of Transport Beyond Oil (Island Press 2013) and the co-author of the forthcoming Adaption Urbanism (Routledge 2020). He leads the International Sustainable Transportation Engagement Program, an annual study abroad program in the Netherlands exploring best practices in active transportation. Prior to joining Texas State University, Dr. Fields was Director of the Center for Urban and Public Affairs at the University of New Orleans and Research Director for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy where he developed and explored the concept of trail-oriented development.

Transport Beyond Oil delivers practical solutions, based on quantitative data. This fact-based approach offers a new vision of transportation that is both transformational and achievable.

Seventy percent of the oil America uses each year goes to transportation. That means that the national oil addiction and all its consequences, from climate change to disastrous spills to dependence on foreign markets, can be greatly reduced by changing the way we move. In Transport Beyond Oil, leading experts in transportation, planning, development, and policy show how to achieve this fundamental shift.
The authors demonstrate that smarter development and land-use decisions, paired with better transportation systems, can slash energy consumption. John Renne calculates how oil can be saved through a future with more transit-oriented development. Petra Todorovitch examines the promise of high-speed rail. Peter Newman imagines a future without oil for car-dependent cities and regions. Additional topics include funding transit, freight transport, and nonmotorized transportation systems. Each chapter provides policy prescriptions and their measurable results.

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