Dealing with environmental issues

Bringing sustainability to small-town America

Although sustainability planning is harder to find compared to big cities, terrific examples of green initiatives are emerging in small-town America.

The greening of a suburban downtown

If planners for Bethesda, Maryland, fully realize a conceptual vision, the once-quiet but now-bustling suburb's downtown could become a beacon of urban sustainability.

Philly walks on water

Some of the most dramatic juxtapositions with nature are possible in big cities, like The High Line in New York City and now the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk in Philadelphia. 

Protecting watersheds as we grow our cities and towns

We don't have to choose between a growing population and healthy economy, on the one hand, and a healthy and sustainable environment, on the other. We really can have it both ways.

City issues are environmental issues. Here's why.

Cities need nature. But what is not so well understood is that nature also needs cities. We can't protect a thriving natural landscape if we continue to sprawl across the countryside.

Moving beyond 'smart growth' to a more holistic city agenda

Smart growth and smart transportation – as important as they are to the future of our communities and our planet – are not nearly enough to produce sustainable communities.

Six ways that thoughtful community planning can help fight climate change

The good news is that growth in both sprawl and traffic has slowed considerably as people rediscover the benefits of living in cities and walkable suburban neighborhoods.

The new urgency of 'thinking globally, acting locally'

The statistics are staggering.  Over the next five decades, if present trends do not reverse dramatically, humanity is set to create more sheer volume of urban settlement than it has in all of human history.

The very embodiment of sustainability, in a small city

Green Mountain Power has put together an impressive combination of sustainability factors in two rehabbed, side-by-side buildings in Rutland, Vermont.

No lions, no tigers … but BEARS, oh my

The problem with bears and rural sprawl — lured out of natural areas by the availability of garbage, they tend to die in automobile accidents. 

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