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Daniel Lerch
Publications Director

Daniel Lerch is Publications Director of Post Carbon Institute, serving as lead editor and manager of the Institute’s books and reports on energy resource constraints and community resilience. He is the author of Post Carbon Cities (2007)—the first major local government guidebook on the end of cheap oil—and was the founding chair of the Sustainable Communities Division of the American Planning Association and a founding co-director of The City Repair Project.

Daniel has delivered over 100 presentations to professional, government, and public audiences across the United States and abroad, and has been interviewed for numerous media outlets 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 planning and sustainability issues for nearly twenty years in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Praise for Daniel’s Presentations

“I have attended many excellent lectures that define the problems of climate change and peak oil, but I’ve never seen such a well-organized presentation that addresses the problems and the planning for solutions.”

  – Rachel Wagner, Wagner Zaun Architecture (Duluth, Minn.)

“Your presentation was excellent, and it elicited many positive comments from various conference attendees. We need more energetic, articulate, well-informed individuals such as yourself to spread the word far and wide about the energy shocks we face. We are rapidly running out of time.”

  – Dr. Larry Silverstein, New York Institute of Technology, Energy Shock conference

“I think your session at the APA conference was one of the most important ones that I attended, and I want to thank you and the other speakers for putting on an excellent presentation.”

  – David Edgell, AICP, Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination

“Daniel Lerch, author of the recently released book Post Carbon Cities, might be the best messenger for yet for the peak oil cause…I found [his presentation] to be the most digestible explanation of peak oil I’ve encountered …Lerch came across as practical-minded and sympathetic to skeptics. His target audience is planners and municipal policymakers, and he framed the dimensions of the peak oil crisis in language familiar to those groups.”

  – Adam Brock, The Wild Green Yonder blog