Sustainability

The World's Greenest Jail?

Plunging prices for solar panels and generous subsidies for fuel cells are prompting companies, universities, and public facilities to go green.

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This Brilliant Rain-Collecting 'Sofa' Can Help Address Scarce Water Supplies

A super useful piece of furniture for the outdoor urban living room.

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Could LEED Kill the College Dorm Mini-Fridge?

One school has already banned them from its dorm to save energy. Will others follow?

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For Second-Tier European Cities, It's a Race to Go Greener, Faster

A visit to Nantes, the French city that's trying to distinguish itself by practically banning cars.

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How Melbourne Is Selling Commercial Property Owners on Green Retrofits

The city's 1,200 Buildings program has been cited as a model. 

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Talking About Climate Change in Terms of Its Impact on Your Favorite Things

New York. Paris. Bacon.

How Energy Efficient Is Your City?

A new report ranks 34 major U.S. cities by their energy-use policies.

How Are Those Cities of the Future Coming Along?

A brief update on PlanIT Valley, Masdar, Konza Techno City, and Songdo.

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People Save More Energy When They Know They're Being Watched

People who received postcards saying their energy use was being tracked reduced their consumption by 2.7 percent.

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The Coming Battle Over Electric Bicycles

E-bikes are poised for a boom, but are we ready for them?

Sprawl Is Still Sprawl, Even If It's 'Green'

The most sustainable development in the wrong location will create more environmental problems than it will solve.

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These States Are Going to Become Green Energy Powerhouses

Wyoming and New Mexico are primed to become major exporters of wind power; solar power is going to take over California.

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Why Are Some States Trying to Ban LEED Green Building Standards?

As the certification grows more popular, industry opposition to it is ramping up.

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Impressive Timelapse of the Day: A Multi-Story House Built in Just One Day

It's also fully insulated and hurricane-proof.

We've Entered the Age of the 'Anti-Mall'

Even the suburbs have figured out that walkable retail, not enclosed big box stores surrounded by parking lots, is the way to go.

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California's Unusual Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases

The state is relying on cities to figure out how to cut emissions in their region. Will it work?

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We Need to Rethink Our Definition of a 'Sustainable City'

The smart growth agenda fails to account for lessons learned about green infrastructure, moderate density, and gentrification.

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On Oprah and the Swiss Culture of Small Sacrifices

Limiting excess is a hallmark of the country’s approach to sustainability, and it may explain Winfrey's unfortunate experience in Zurich.

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Practical Lessons for Turning Around a Neighborhood in Decline

New Haven's once sketchy Chatham Square is now safe, with annual festivals that draw visitors from around the city.