UNI faculty member publishes book on energy realities

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Kamyar Enshayan, program manager, Center for Energy & Environmental Education at UNI,
(319) 273-7575
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'All forms of energy come with hidden price tags.' That is one of the assertions of 'Living Within Our Means: Beyond the Fossil Fuel Credit Card,' a recently published collection of essays that examine key ideas underlying the energy choices that face us.

Written by Kamyar Enshayan, program manager at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education, the book is aimed at students in environmental studies classes, policymakers at the community level, and concerned citizens.

Enshayan, an engineer by training and a Cedar Falls city councilman, brings his experience to the question of how communities can plan for the time when oil production will decline, which petroleum geologists predict will happen sometime in this decade.

In the book, Enshayan examines the engineering marvels of the past, such as the ice house, that functioned without an external power supply. He maintains that the end of the era of cheap oil will be painful unless we engage in deliberate planning. He discusses the nature of energy, providing basic principles to help sort out different claims about alternative energy sources. Finally, Enshayan imagines what a livable city in 2050 could look like.

Originally appearing as columns in the Cedar Falls Times weekly newspaper, the essays are written in an easy-to-read, nontechnical style. The volume, published by Congdon Printing & Imaging, is illustrated with historical photos of the ice industry as well as photos of contemporary life.

'Living Within Our Means' is available from Bought Again Books, University Book & Supply and the Cedar Falls Historical Society. It may also be ordered directly from Enshayan at the University of Northern Iowa, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0293, 319-273-7575 or email Proceeds from the book will support the work of the UNI Local Food Project.