The 2030 Challenge sets the goal of carbon-neutral buildings within the next 12 years, and we have a lot of work to do to get there….
Experts weigh in on the environmental pros and cons of our the growing population density of cities across the United States and beyond.
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 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 […]
The clean-energy revolution is underway, and so is the war against it. As with every other major economic transition, this battle will have winners and losers. For low-income communities of color, the stakes are especially high: Will they reap the benefits of the emerging clean-energy economy or will they be locked into energy ghettos? Here’s […]
In Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland (Cornell University Press, $28.45), University of Cincinnati historian David Stradling and Raleigh News & Observer editor Richard Stradling recount how Carl Stokes, the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city, worked to transform Cleveland in the early 1970s (where pollution set the Cuyahoga River on […]
The Los Angeles Urban Forest program seeks to evaluate the benefits provided by trees including cooling and carbon sequestration through citizen science volunteering. In August 2014, 135 volunteers studied over 400 trees across greater LA through the efforts of Earthwatch Institute, Natural History Museum of LA County, UC Riverside, Amigos de los Rios, TreePeople, Heschel […]