FOCUS: Sustainability

THE SUSTAINABILITY CHANNEL

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The Growing Popularity of Bus Rapid Transit

When designed the right way, a BRT line can be a smart alternative to more expensive modes of public transit.

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Why a Good Bar Is Essential to Sustainable Communities

A "third space" that encourages socialization, its easy access reduces emissions as well as drunk driving.

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Sequoia National Park Is Stuck in Pollution Hell

The fabled home of California's redwoods has the worst air quality of any national park and is full of mysteriously crippled wildlife.

Courtesy: Nicole Kistler

A 30,000-Square-Foot Community Garden, in a Parking Garage

Seattle is building one of the country's biggest rooftop planting spaces.

Courtesy: Sarah Brailey

Fighting Climate Change With a 300-Mile Bike Ride

200 riders peddled from New York to Washington on the annual Climate Ride.

NASA

Instead of Lamenting the Urban Heat Island Effect, Why Don’t We Harness It?

Researchers are already at work turning toasty asphalt into energy cities can actually use.

Villasana, Plasencia, et al.

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."

Edible Bus Stop

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.

Railroad Park

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?