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Daniel Lerch
Education & Publications Director
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community resilience

Daniel Lerch is Education & Publications Director of Post Carbon Institute, responsible for PCI’s educational efforts on community resilience and energy resource constraints. He has been the lead editor and manager of the Institute’s major books and reports since 2009, most notably including The Community Resilience Reader (2017), the multi-year Shale Reality Check series, and The Post Carbon Reader (2010); he also manages the Think Resilience online course. Daniel is the author of Post Carbon Cities (2007)—the first local government guidebook on planning for 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 internationally, 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.

Praise for Daniel’s Presentations

“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.”

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

“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.)

“I think your session at the American Planning Association 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


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