FOCUS: Sustainability

THE SUSTAINABILITY CHANNEL

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Recycling Old Furniture by Coating It With Black Goop

Designers in the Mexican city of León try to revive an ailing industry with furniture best described as "oil-slick chic."

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An Urban Garden for Your Bus Stop

A London gardening project aims to plant food up and down a city bus line.

Courtesy: Moule & Polyzoides

The Right Way to Zone for Transit-Oriented Development

We need a legal framework that creates many different types and scales of building around public transportation.

World Resources Institute

Mapping Global Water Stress

An online tool visualizes various unpleasant water-scarce scenarios.

Could Electric Truck Lanes Reduce L.A.'s Horrific Pollution?

Plans are emerging for an electric-powered truck highway in the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.

Knight Foundation

Better Technology for Planners Also Means More Citizen Participation

Bringing the public into public policy decision-making is no longer a matter of “one-and-done.”

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Plastic Straw Bans Are the New Plastic Bag Bans

Environmentalists have kicked off a campaign called "Straw Wars" to rid London's Soho district of drinking straws.

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Just How Bad Is Noise Pollution for Our Health?

At best, noise is distracting. But the distraction can have significant consequences.

Reuters

Eyeing Industrial Excess for Home Heating in the U.K.

Researchers identify a method to reuse heat from steel factories to warm homes.

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For Landlocked Revitalization, Railyards in Lieu of Waterfronts

How train tracks helped deliver new life to Birmingham, Alabama.

Courtesy: City of Renton

In Renton, a Model for Green Revitalization

An exemplary development with first-class green infrastructure and mixed-income housing.

Courtesy: Congress for a New Urbanism

At the 20th Congress for the New Urbanism, a Movement Feels its Age

They used to be radicals, now they're establishment. Has it changed their approach to development?

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The Impending Obesity Epidemic

42 percent of Americans could be obese by 2030 - why aren't we doing more to fight this?

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Urban Sustainability's Missing Ingredient? Education

The best way to make cities greener might be teaching residents what that actually means.

Kaid Benfield

Do Cities Really Makes Us Happier?

We need places that foster positive human interaction, but they don't have to be urban.

Reuters

The Municipal Revenue Problem Behind China's Smoggy Cities

A new report from the World Bank argues that a better financing system is needed to reduce emissions in China.

Courtesy: Reconnecting America

Ideas for Optimizing Denver's Transit System

A new report uses reams of data to design a better transportation system.

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Can Inactive Landfills Become Assets?

An ancient Roman landfill offers ideas about how our old dumps could be more useful than we realize.

The World's Eco-Friendliest Urinal Makes Yellow Green

It's a bathroom, a planter, and a fertilizer all rolled into one.