Experts think it’s cheaper & greener to maintain existing infrastructure than to build it new from scratch given the resource demands of new construction.
In 1997, Stewart Schwartz founded the Coalition for Smarter Growth to fight sprawl and support public transit and walkable communities in the Washington, DC region. Schwartz is also an attorney and a retired Navy Captain with 24 years of active and reserve duty. He has served with the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, the Land […]
In 2006, six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, I toured the city’s decaying wreckage with a delegation of national environmental leaders. Gruesome reminders were everywhere in the Lower Ninth Ward. On the walls of the remaining houses were spray-painted numbers, indicating how many dead bodies had been found inside. After walking the destroyed […]
More and more Americans are taking responsibility for their personal contribution to global climate change by driving fuel efficient cars, insulating their homes and switching to energy efficient lighting and household appliances. However, even someone that’s gone to the extremes of traveling only on foot or bicycle and forsaking home heating, cooling, lighting, food refrigeration […]
In an era rocked by severe weather events and other disruptions, our cities must be resilient to survive and thrive. But what does that mean, exactly? A new report, Bounce Forward: Urban Resilience in the Era of Climate Change, sets out to answer that question. Bounce Forward was prepared by the Island Press Urban Resilience […]
More than 25 years ago, author and activist Bill McKibben famously declared the end of nature. Defining “nature” as wild places essentially untouched by people, McKibben argued that our collective environmental impact—especially our alteration of the planet’s climate—has left nothing on Earth in pristine condition. By this definition, McKibben was right: Nature is dead. And, […]
In January of this year DC’s new mayor, Muriel Bowser, appointed Tommy Wells as District Director of the Environment, where he works to protect the environment for our nation’s capital. From 2006 to 2014, Wells served on DC’s City Council, representing Ward 6, where he was notable for supporting walkable neighbors and public transit and […]