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Sustainability According to the Haves and the Have-Nots

June 18, 2014 by Taz Loomans

Inequality and Sustainability


Recently, asked if black people care about sustainability and climate change and if yes, why they don’t talk about it more. The article declares that “the ill-fated climate-change debate is as white as late-night talk shows.” But Brentin Mock of Grist says this is the wrong question to ask.[read more]

10 of the Most Innovative Sustainability Solutions from Cities Across the Globe

June 17, 2014 by This Big City

Urban Sustainability Ideas

This time last year we shared ten awesome sustainability ideas from cities, and now we’re doing it again. These ideas are taken from the 2014 Sustainia 100 report – an “annual guide to 100 innovative sustainability solutions from around the world” that launches today.[read more]

Masdar City, Abu Dhabi: Sustainable from the Ground Up

June 10, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Designed for the Sun Belt

Desert Dormitory FosterOf the many things that the Middle East has historically been known for, sustainability has not usually been at the top of the list. The clash of Western values with the harshness of the local climate can wedge sustainability between a lot of sand and a hard place.[read more]

The Rise of Resilience: Linking Resilience and Sustainability in City Planning

June 10, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Resilience and Risk

Cities around the world are making plans, developing agendas, and articulating goals for urban resilience, but is urban resilience really possible? Resilience is being used in many cases as a replacement for sustainability. Resilience and sustainability need to be linked, but with care and clarity.[read more]

The Vision of Jaime Lerner for Curitiba, Brazil

June 7, 2014 by The Global Grid

Urban Vision in Brazil

Jaime Lerner of Curitiba has placed the city on the map as a leading global example in urban sustainability. During his three terms as mayor of Curitiba and governor of Paraná, he and his team made great strides both in protecting the environment and in elevating the spirit of the city.[read more]

Immigrants and Sustainability

May 29, 2014 by Taz Loomans

Immigrants and Sustainability

My mother, who grew up in a small village called Koday in the northwest province of Gujrat in India, doesn’t waste a thing, even though she now lives in a nice 2500 square foot house in suburban Chandler, Arizona. She told me that to save water in 1940s India, they used ashes to clean their cooking pots.[read more]

The Very Embodiment of Sustainability, in a Small City

May 13, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Small Sustainable Urbanism

A sustainable built environment isn’t just one thing. It is many things, functioning best when assembled together in the right places with the right ingredients. Context is everything: a so-called “green” building won’t be green in its performance if it’s been located in the wrong place.[read more]

Urban Density and Sustainability

April 17, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Density and Sustainability

Urban density is the number of people living in a particular urban area and is an important aspect of how cities function. Many modern urban planners advocate higher densities because of the widely held theory that cities operate more efficiently when residents live in denser urban surroundings.[read more]


New Global Report Highlights Value of Enhancing City-Business Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure

April 7, 2014 by Matthew Lynch

Infrastructure and Collaboration

An inspiring aspect of sustainability is how leaders on every continent are driving real action on climate change and sustainable development. However, even the mayors of the most advanced cities will say that they can’t do it alone and they need the engagement and collaboration of all stakeholders.[read more]

It's Not Only City Design: We Need To Integrate Sustainability Across the Rural-Urban Continuum

March 27, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Rural and urban sustainability are inseparably conjoined

Nearly 70% of the world population lives in urban areas and nearly 75% of economic activity is located therein. Urban areas concentrate wealth, poverty and environmental degradation. Despite the significant progress in urbanization, still a billion people live in the slums of urban areas.[read more]


Why Automobile Dependence Is The First Roadblock To Building Sustainable Cities

February 28, 2014 by Corey Foster

Car Culture and Urban Sustainability

The urban landscape today is vastly different from what it was a hundred years back. By reducing automobile dependence and adopting transportation systems that are eco-friendly and sustainable, we can take the first steps towards ensuring a beautiful city for our children.[read more]

Urban Sustainability and the Simple Bicycle

January 15, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Urban Sustainability and Biking

As Americans grapple with a wide range of societal problems like obesity and other health issues, traffic gridlock and reduced family time, and socially isolated city-centers, we might stop to ask how we got this way and how we can change.[read more]