Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

Environmental Program

Keywords

place-based education, post oil, climate adaptation, future suburbia, community farm, Cherry Hill, NJ, local food systems

Abstract

Today, nearly half of American citizens live in suburban communities (U.S. Census, 2010). Over the last century, these communities have become dangerously dependent on a steady supply of fossil fuels for the continuation of their current food, energy, and transportation systems. While coal and natural gas supplies remain relatively high, natural resource experts agree that global oil supply will fall consistently in coming years. As oil supplies decrease, suburban communities that currently depend on petroleum will therefore have to adapt to live with a decreasing supply of this fossil fuel. Despite these projections, few communities are currently planning for life after oil.

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