Daniel Lerch

As Publications Director of Post Carbon Institute, Daniel is the lead editor and manager of the Institute’s major print publications, including: The ENERGY Reader (2012), the four-book Community Resilience Guide series (2012-13), a report series on shale gas production (2011, 2013), and The Post Carbon Reader (2010), a sixteen-author compilation on our interconnected sustainability crises. He is also the author of Post Carbon Cities (2007), the first major local government guidebook on the end of cheap oil.

Daniel has presented to professional, government, and public audiences across the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. He has been interviewed in numerous radio, video, and print outlets, and has been quoted in major publications including The New York Times and Business Week. He has a Master of Urban Studies from Portland State University in Oregon, and has worked with urban sustainability and planning issues for over fifteen years in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Responding to Collapse: Uncertain Future Forum’s First Week

It’s telling that our four Uncertain Future Forum authors—though asked broadly about how to respond to collapse—each ended up with the same focus: tending to and working at the individual and community scales.

July 19, 2019

Child watering tree

What is Community Resilience?

For more than thirty years, the world community has tried to resolve the combined challenges of environmental degradation, fossil fuel dependence, economic inequality, and persistent social injustice, largely under the banner of internationally brokered “sustainable development.” It is clear today that the pace of these global trends has not been slowed, let alone stopped or … Read more

November 29, 2018

City Life

Six Foundations for Community Resilience

Efforts to build community resilience often focus on growing the capacity to “bounce back” from disruptions, like those caused by climate change. But climate change is not the only crisis we face, nor is preparing for disruption the only way to build resilience. Truly robust community resilience should do more. It should engage and benefit all community … Read more

November 28, 2018

The Community Resilience Reader: Radio Ecoshock interview

“Resilience” is a key word for a spectrum starting with collapseniks all the way to big city Mayors and regional planners. But what is it? Has anybody thought this through? Enter The Community Resilience Reader from the Post Carbon Institute. It’s billed as “Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval”. We’ve certainly got the upheaval.

October 20, 2017

Introduction to The Community Resilience Reader

Building community resilience starts with the courage to collaborate with the people around you to protect the things about your community that you value most. We hope The Community Resilience Reader helps support you and your community in shaping a future that is rewarding for everyone.

October 12, 2017


In Conversation: Communities and Infrastructure in a 100% Renewable World

The transition to 100% renewable energy raises profound questions for the future of our communities and infrastructure.

August 2, 2016

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