Environment

Dealing with environmental issues

People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities

A book by By F. Kaid Benfield, Island Press, 2014, 304 pp., $25 paperback or e-book

Anti-LEED: A green rating system that is fast, friendly and free

The LEED rating systems were a great idea in the beginning, but they have become a symbol of all that is wrong with green building today.

The rain forest and the corn field

Rainforest is to corn field what traditional city is to post-war development.

Five ways to think about greener, healthier cities

I like to consider “people habitat” – the realm of places that humans build and inhabit – as having an ecology of its own, roughly analogous to that of natural wildlife habitat. 

City sustainability is about the environment, even when it isn't

While most environmentalists concentrate on pollution  and excessive resource extraction, I remain steadfast in my promotion of thoughtful placemaking.

'Green' sprawl is still sprawl

This southern California site is not is a good place to put 1,746 new homes at an average density of 2.9 units per acre, and it's illegal under current zoning.

Rainwater-in-Context: An interview with Paul Crabtree and Lisa Nisenson

CNU’s Erika Strauss recently interviewed Paul Crabtree and Lisa Nisenson, leaders of CNU’s Rainwater-in-Context Initiative, on the delayed EPA stormwater regulations.

URBANISM+2030, A collaboration for the climate

CNU Cascadia Chapter partnered with the Seattle 2030 District to identify opportunities and best practices for achieving low-carbon, resilient communities in existing neighborhoods.

Sustainability: What’s in a word?

Sustainability’s not an action. It’s not something you do in support of a political agenda. It’s an underlying value — a driver of actions — to be considered on its own merits.

Porchtastic: Living in season

Living in season asks us to “entice people outside, where they get more acclimated to the local environment, needing less heating or cooling when they return indoors.”

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