Environment

Dealing with environmental issues

The encyclical of the New Urbanism

You didn’t have to be a person of faith this week to be moved by Pope Francis’s historic call for a new era of environmental stewardship.

City trees and greenery cut pollution and boost health

The fates of nature and cities are intricately related: Nature needs cities, and cities need nature.

Congregations practice faith through environmental leadership

A growing, multi-denominational religious movement is placing environmental protection at the center of its teaching and practice.

Midtown’s Greenprint plan begins

As part of the Greenprint Midtown streetscaping project in Midtown Atlanta, TSW was asked by the Midtown Alliance to improve the aesthetics and function of Juniper Street. Although Juniper Street is home to some of the city's most popular restaurants and theaters, and is part of the Midtown Business District, the street has sections that were in need of repair and weren't pedestrian or bicycle-friendly.

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.

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