Sustainability

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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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Do Americans Really Want More Planning?

An APA poll says yes. But what do those numbers really mean?

The Cost of Sprawl on Clean Water

The way we grow could have a major impact on water quality in the future.

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A Guide to Copenhagen From the Future

Imagining a guidebook for the city in 2025.

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The Right Way to Engage Residents in a Neighborhood Redesign

In Denver, a new model of how to revitalize older, distressed public housing sites in an ambitious yet sensitive way.

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Has South America's Most Sustainable City Lost Its Edge?

Brazil's Curitiba was once a model of sustainable planning. Now, it's struggling with a slew of urban problems.

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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.

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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.

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Ideas for Optimizing Denver's Transit System

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

The World's Eco-Friendliest Urinal Makes Yellow Green

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

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Regional Planning Done Right

How two communities came together to design more sustainable neighborhoods.

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The Limits of Metropolitan Planning Organizations

They often lack the authority they need to get things done.

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What Cities Can Learn From Toronto's Green Roof Policy

Already, 1.2 million square feet of green space have been added to the city.

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What Makes Some Cities Greener Than Others

The economic factors behind pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Why Bigger Cities Are Greener

Denser, more populous cities are more energy efficient than their smaller counterparts.

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How to Green Southern Cities Built in the Age of Cars and Air Conditioning

U.S. cities in the South have their own set of challenges to face in going green. But Atlanta, for one, is trying.

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Is SoCal America's Next Environmental Success Story?

The region has a bad smart growth record. But a new sustainable communities strategy just might change all that.

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The Greenest Building May Actually Be a Neighborhood

A UCLA class is trying to apply a strict building standard to an entire community.