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BOOK REVIEW

Building a Fund of
Sustainability Knowledge,
One Book at a Time-Part Eight

We introduced a series of book reviews in 2015. This is the eighth installment in
the series; hopefully, you enjoyed some of the earlier reviews and perhaps some of
the books. Partake of them, please. If you are interested in purchasing any of the
books, I've provided the ISBN number with each review. Enjoy! And remember: it's
all about the journey, not the destination.

by Brian K. Yeoman
NAEP

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sphalt Nation offers an
important examination
of the growth of the
freedom of personal
mobility and
its unintended
consequences. This is an
indispensable resource for those
addressing sustainability in the
United States. In almost all cities in
the U.S., mobile mechanisms are
now responsible for more emissions
than industrial sources. Don't be
fooled by the age of the book; it is
as applicable today as it was when it
was published.
Jane Kay was the urban design
and architecture critic for The Nation.
She wrote in the clipped, shorthand
style typical of columnists, restlessly
leaping from one example to another.
As a contributor to the Boston Globe
and the New York Times, she put
forward her unique prospective in
the platforms, so it should not be a
surprise that portions of the book can
come off as a collection of elegantly
manufactured sound bites.

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Nonetheless, Asphalt Nation
remains a brilliant and powerful
indictment of the devastation wrought
by our misguided love affair with,
and reliance on, the automobile. We
should rejoice that a major publisher
had the courage to publish it.
Kay applies her critical, detailed
analysis to tracking the factors
causing the rise of the automobile
in the U.S., similar to the analysis
that Edward Gibbons employed in
explaining the decline and fall of the
Roman Empire in his book of the
same title. Asphalt Nation takes a
sobering look at how the automobile
has changed the U.S., and at the
hidden costs associated with those
changes. Kay illustrates in detail how
the automobile:
n Created the concept of
transportation oriented
development (TOD);
n Made it easier to live farther from
populated areas, causing sprawl,
leading to yet more driving;
n Changed the way houses are
designed by the need/desire for



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018

Letter from the CEO
Cyber Security—Everyone’s Business
Scammed—How to Protect Your University
Have Festival, Will Travel: Virginia’s Advocacy Program for Small-, Women-, and Minority-owned Businesses
What Is It You Can’t Do?
Heard on the Street: New Hot Topics from the NAEP Exchange
Building a Fund of Sustainability Knowledge, One Book at a Time— Part Eight
Best and Final: Crowdsourcing Beyond the Buzzword
Index to Advertisers
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Intro
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - cover1
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - cover2
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Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 5
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Letter from the CEO
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 7
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Cyber Security—Everyone’s Business
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 9
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 10
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 11
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Scammed—How to Protect Your University
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 13
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 14
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 15
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Have Festival, Will Travel: Virginia’s Advocacy Program for Small-, Women-, and Minority-owned Businesses
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 17
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - What Is It You Can’t Do?
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 19
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Heard on the Street: New Hot Topics from the NAEP Exchange
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 21
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Building a Fund of Sustainability Knowledge, One Book at a Time— Part Eight
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Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 24
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 25
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Best and Final: Crowdsourcing Beyond the Buzzword
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Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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