Sustainability

SvR Design

Urbanizing the Suburban Street

A community tries some relatively pain-free fixes to make its streets greener and more walkable

Building a Greener Dorm

New apartments at the College of William & Mary will cut energy consumption by about 75 percent

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The Problem With Palm Trees

They may look pretty, but fronds hurt cities' sustainability efforts

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Are Small Rust Belt Cities the Future of Green?

In her new book, Catherine Tumber argues that cities like Flint and Syracuse will lead the way to sustainability

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Finding the Route of Least Emissions

Experts are working on models that would bring green-routing to your GPS

Copenhagen's Trash Incinerator Ski Slope Is Dead

The ambitious plan was scuttled after officials realized it would increase carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent a year

Number of the Day: $2 Million

That's how much the United Nations will spend on a "zero emission school" in Gaza

Courtesy: Kai Hagen

The Smart Growth Priority Advocates Are Forgetting

Land conservation should be central to sustainable communities

Courtesy Ginger Group

Consultants Imagine an Eiffel Tower Covered in Trees

The group wants to install greenery weighing 400 tons, along with an irrigation system

Courtesy Plan El Paso

The Best Smart Growth Projects in America

The EPA's newly released list includes a green learning center and an innovative civic gathering space

Reuters

How Las Vegas Created One of the Best Water Systems in America

This desert city has figured out innovative ways to cut down on leaks 

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Galveston's Post-Hurricane Clean Slate

In the wake of the Hurricane Ike, the city is radically rebuilding its affordable housing to make it greener and more diverse 

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Making Energy Efficient Streetlights a Reality

How cities can overcome some of the disadvantages of LEDs

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Why Preservationists Must Be Picky

If we try to save everything, we risk losing our credibility

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Fostering Sustainability in Houston

City programs slowly turn an oil city green

Courtesy Whitehouse.gov

For Once, the Federal Government Gets Sustainability Right

A new line of HUD grants will help communities improve their planning, mass transit and walkability

Courtesy Inhabit

How Hamburg Became Europe's Greenest City

A spate of new development projects will make the city more walkable

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America's Best Clean Water Cities

Philadelphia has the nation's best practices according to a new report from the NRDC

Reuters

The Hidden Cost of Farmers' Markets

When locally grown food isn't transported efficiently, it can have a surprisingly big carbon footprint