FOCUS: Sustainability

THE SUSTAINABILITY CHANNEL

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The Least Popular Ideas in Sustainability

Use dog poop for fuel! Have a sustainable rap contest!

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What Might Gas Stations Look Like When Hardly Anyone Uses Gas?

Some whimsical responses to a serious question.

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When National Parks and Industry Collide: 3 Cautionary Tales

Examples of industrial operations edging in on public lands, and the people who oppose them.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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Why China Needs More Human-Scale Development

It's time for fast-growing Asian cities to dump the super-block.

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Breadbaskets and Water Hogs

Stark maps highlight inefficiencies in global food production.

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How to Dramatically Alter British Columbia's Carbon Footprint

A tree-less B.C. would be a carbon catastrophe.

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How the American Military Is Fighting Climate Change

A new breed of "greenhawks" may be leading the way toward energy independence.

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From the Ashes, a Call to Heed Climate Change

Amid the wreckage of his home, a Colorado fire victim wants to warn future generations.

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Why Environmental Reviews Are Slowing Down Big Projects

It takes a long time to get big infrastructure investments through the process, but it doesn't have to.

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Cities That Wouldn't Exist Without Air Conditioning

The invention of the air conditioner is still shaping the future growth of global metros.

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How Suburban Lawns Can Fight Climate Change

Lawns can play a key role in absorbing carbon dioxide emissions.

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Why Cities Are Growing Faster Than Suburbs

It's not just millennials - families and baby boomers are also leaving their suburban homes.

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In Cleveland, Green Goals Are Transformed Into Community Development

Worker-owned cooperatives are leveraging the city's the biggest institutions to create jobs in the impoverished neighborhoods right next door.

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How the Feds Are Building More Sustainable Cities

Already, the Partnership for Sustainable Communities has given $3.5 billion to more than 700 municipalities.

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An Office Desk That Generates Electric Power Via Your Butt

Inspired by the laziness of humans, a Swedish designer built a workspace that runs in part on body heat and movement.

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The Suburban Ripple Effect of Sustainable Cities

When major cities embrace climate and energy initiatives, the communities around them inevitably follow.

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In San Francisco, a One-Stop Shop for Building Better Streets

A new website streamlines the process for creating parklets, art installations, bike parking and more.

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Green Building's Growing Pains

The proliferation of green building standards and evaluations mean more choices about which program to prioritize.