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Trees: A Shared Good with Unequal Access

December 15, 2016 by Leda Marritz

All across the globe, it has been getting ever hotter with each passing year. With this heat comes a series health risks, including severe heat exhaustion and poor air quality, which disproportionately impact children, those who are ill, and the elderly. Heat-related impacts also disproportionately impact poor and minority communities,...[read more]

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A Common-Sense Solution to Hurricane Devastation

December 9, 2016 by Gary Seider

In what’s already been a dangerous tropical storm season, Hurricane Matthew’s recent ravaging of the southeast is putting 2016’s run of dangerous weather into rarified air. When it’s all said and done, CoreLogic believes Matthew’s path of property destruction will cost $4 million to $6 million. The disaster caps off a season that occurred five months ahead of schedule when, in January, Hurricane Alex descended upon the northeast. Tropical Storm Bonnie followed in mid-May, making this the second time in four years that two storms formed before the official start of hurricane season in June. With the threat of Atlantic hurricanes seemingly on the rise, it’s worth having a conversation about what can be done to mitigate the devastation.[read more]

New “Safe Sleep Policy” Legalizes Homeless Camping in Portland, Oregon

October 14, 2016 by The Global Grid

Tents pitched along a Portland streetPortland’s homeless population has been on a steady increase the past several years, eventually forcing the city to declare a homeless emergency at the end of 2015. This gave the city power to waive land-use restrictions so they could convert existing buildings into emergency shelter space and start...[read more]

Malibu, California Bans Harmful Pesticides After City Council Finds Catastrophic Impact on Wildlife

October 6, 2016 by The Global Grid

While pesticides are known for effectively and quickly removing unwanted pests, they can also contain substances that are harmful to both wildlife and the environment. Sparked by the death of a young mountain lion in Los Angeles due to ingesting rat poison, people began to advocate against the use of pesticides. After great debate and...[read more]

It’s time to put an end to bikeway “band-aids”

September 6, 2016 by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

We are finally moving in the right direction for bicycle urbanism in the United States. At last, more and more cities are realizing that what has been best practice in street design for years elsewhere, is the logical thing to do in this country as well. Separated lanes used to be seemingly out of reach – the long-term goal of the...[read more]

How Can Louisiana Build Back Smarter?

August 24, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Louisiana flooding / Los Angeles TimesThe flooding that hit Louisiana last week affected hundreds of thousands of people over 1,000 square miles. The intense storm claimed 13 lives, and some 30,000 needed to be rescued. Over 60,000 homes have been destroyed, and 100,000 have registered for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)...[read more]

Lanes and Sharrows and Buffers…Oh My! Four Types of Bike Lanes Explained

June 6, 2016 by Jessica Soulliere

Chances are, you’ve noticed new street markings popping up on roads in and around your community: arrows with a bicyclist below, striped lanes with a bicyclist in the middle, or even plastic poles next to bike lanes. If you’re like most people, these markings raise more questions than they answer. Are they pointing me to where I can ride...[read more]

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Can Sustainability and Safety Keep Pace With Progress?

June 2, 2016 by Michael Guajardo

Texas has the nation’s fastest-growing population. Last year, 466 people moved to Texas every single day. Many of the move-ins are coming to Dallas, and the never-ending construction in our city reflects our efforts to accommodate this burgeoning population.[read more]

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Federal Government Considers Changes in Street Design, Could Makes Roads Safer and more Sustainable

April 24, 2016 by James Dezao

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sets standards for how streets, roadways and highways are designed. The agency is considering comments for possible changes to 13 criteria established in 1985 used to review road designs. Hopefully the FHWA will revise these criteria to make roads safer but also make them more sustainable and...[read more]

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Sustainable Streets, PlaNYC2030 Initiative and Bicycle Safety

April 7, 2016 by John Tucker

The world knows New York as a place for foot traffic, and that’s undoubtedly true. But pedestrians and cyclists used to get a much tougher break in The Big Apple. During the last ten years, there have been unprecedented efforts to make Manhattan and greater New York City a safer place for people who choose to travel in the most environmentally sustainable ways — by foot, by bike, and in clean mass transit.[read more]

Let's Not Kid Ourselves: Curbing Carbon and Stopping Smog Are Not the Same Thing

December 31, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

A hope has prevailed across most media commentators and environmental groups that curbs on carbon emissions will also fix the dirty air in these nations’ metropolises. But that’s naïve. It doesn’t take into account how the past of pollution control inside the United States and other long-industrialized nations has conditioned us to tackling one enormous environmental problem while ignoring the other.[read more]

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How to Make Your Home and Garden More Eco-Friendly

December 18, 2015 by Ryan Kh

For many decades, humans acted in a way that went against all the laws of nature and we are now paying the price. We can all play our part in improving our surroundings. This starts with the way we act in our own homes. These are some ways you can make your home and garden more environmentally friendly.[read more]