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David Owen

The New Yorker staff writer; author of Green Metropolis and The Conundrum

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  • About David Owen

    David Owen has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991. Before joining The New Yorker, he was a contributing editor at The Atlantic Monthly, and prior to that, a senior writer at Harper’s and a frequent contributor to Esquire. He is also a contributing editor at Golf Digest, and the author of more than a dozen books.

    In 2004, Owen’s New Yorker article Green Manhattan sparked a new way of thinking about everyday sustainability by extolling the virtues of city living. The article gave rise to Owen’s 2009 critically acclaimed and controversial book, Green Metropolis. In its review, The Boston Globe called the book “an important contribution to our understanding of how we live.”

    Owen’s next book, The Conundrum, tackled common misconceptions about environmental efficiency,  sustainable energy, and climate problems. His forthcoming title, Where the Water Goes (April, 2017), is an eye-opening account of the Colorado River and the water crisis facing the Western United States.

    He lives in northwest Connecticut with his wife, writer Ann Hodgman, and their two children.

  • Speaking Topics

    Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability

    The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse

    Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River

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