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Could Iowa City Become One of the Greenest Cities in the World?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.12.2016 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Declaring that cities must place "climate action as a central priority in strategic planning," Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton issued a "Regenerative City Day" proclamation on Tuesday at the Iowa City council meeting.

Where Community Lives

Alberto Ibargüen | Posted 05.03.2016 | Impact
Alberto Ibargüen

For the second year, Knight Foundation issued a call for innovative ideas that build a sense of community. And for the second time, Americans responded with ingenuity based on deep connection to place and to each other.

Inclusion of urban poverty issues within the Habitat III discussion

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.03.2016 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

By Adèle Charbonneau As the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) approaches, the inclusion of urban ...

Balancing the Scales of City Sustainability

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.02.2016 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

I spend virtually all my professional time thinking about the intersection of human settlement and environmental sustainability. I am particularly int...

Globalization 3.0 Is Shifting Power From Nations to Cities Around the World

John M. Eger | Posted 04.30.2016 | World
John M. Eger

Barcelona, New York, London, Hong Kong, and even Nice according to Forbes Magazine, quoting a study by Juniper Research which reported: "Now with grea...

Top 10 Most Stressed-Out Cities

24/7 Wall St. | Casey Williams | Posted 04.29.2016 | Business

This article was originally published on 24/7 Wall St. Money is the single largest cause of stress in the United States. Although the economy has bee...

How Planting Trees Helped An Ex-Offender Turn His Life Around

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.29.2016 | Impact

Life is looking up for Michael Samuels: Since his 2010 release from prison, he has completed parole, moved from Washington D.C. to North Carolina to b...

Cities Aren’t Designed For Women. Here’s Why They Should Be.

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.27.2016 | Women

At first glance, a gathering of 60 or so women in Detroit earlier this month looked like a typical networking event -- a few speeches, lots of minglin...

Climate Change This Week: The Coral Canary, a Windy US Future, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.26.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Another Reason To Save Africa's Forests - its butterflies, such as these glass wi...

A City in Bloom

Joel Epstein | Posted 04.25.2016 | New York
Joel Epstein

Anyone who knows me, knows how excited I am about the L.A. Metro Expo Line opening to Santa Monica next month. Still, this week I am feeling lucky to ...

Making America Great Again

John M. Eger | Posted 04.25.2016 | Technology
John M. Eger

All eyes are on the race for the White House ... but the real action, if you care, is what is happening in your city. Benjamin Barber, author of If ...

Making America Great Again

John M. Eger | Posted 04.24.2016 | Technology
John M. Eger

All eyes are on the race for the White House ... but the real action, if you care, is what is happening in your city. Benjamin Barber, author of If ...

4 Charts that Explain Climate Actions from Cities and Companies

Angel Hsu | Posted 04.22.2016 | Green
Angel Hsu

As more than 160 leaders gather in New York City for Earth Day's largely symbolic Paris Climate Agreement signing, critical support from companies, investors, civil society and sub-national governments, including cities and regions, should not be forgotten.

Q&A: Adina Hoffman on Three Architects Who Built the Modern City of Jerusalem

The National Book Review | Posted 04.22.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review: In Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City, published this month by ...

Immigrant Communities and the Health of Our Cities Are Intertwined

Nisha Agarwal | Posted 04.21.2016 | New York
Nisha Agarwal

Under Mayor de Blasio's administration, the City has undertaken initiatives to eliminate inequities against immigrant New Yorkers by enhancing their economic, civic and social integration into the broader community and facilitating their access to justice.

From Paris to the Streets: Cities Lead in Implementing Global Climate Action

Eduardo Paes | Posted 04.22.2016 | World
Eduardo Paes

Last year, city leaders stood at Hotel de Ville in Paris to fight for the same goal: to keep global temperature rise below 2°C.

Climate Change This Week: Avoiding the Heat, All Weather Solar Cells, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.20.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. A Prickly Situation - this cartoonish katydid is found in Yasuni National Park, E...

Flying Below the Radar: Making Local Progress in Spite of National Dysfunction

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 04.14.2016 | Impact
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Nationally, we are utterly incapable of collaboration, compromise or making any progress on solving problems. Yet in cities big and small, where most people live and work, the ability of residents and officials to solve problems has not abated and may actually have picked up.

10 Smaller Cities That Are More Beautiful Than Their Capitals

SmarterTravel | Posted 04.15.2016 | Travel

When you look at a map of the world and decide where you want to go, some cities stick out more than others. Whether they're represented with a star o...

Climate Change This Week: Seas Rising 6 Feet By 2100, Xeroxing Solar Panels, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.12.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Bizarre Beautiful Jewels of the Forest are another reason to preserve forests, as...

Four Characteristics of Active, Healthy Neighborhoods

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 04.15.2016 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Scientists are learning more and more about how where we live affects the amount of exercise we get, and thus how fit and healthy we are likely to be.

The Importance of New York City's Water Infrastructure

Steven Cohen | Posted 04.11.2016 | Green
Steven Cohen

High quality infrastructure is not inexpensive but must be seen as an investment in the future. The problem for political decision makers is that reelection is often more important to them than some abstract notion of "the future."

Mobilizing civil society to promote environmentally friendly behaviors

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Civil society is critical to policy processes that aim to tackle climate change and protect the poorest and most vulnerable communities from its impacts.

Talent Has No Borders: Spreading the Startup Wealth to Communities Across the US

Ross Baird | Posted 04.08.2016 | Business
Ross Baird

The way we invest in new ideas in our society is broken. Billions of dollars are in the hands of a few venture capital firms in several U.S. states....

The Best Cities for College Grads | Posted 04.08.2016 | College

We came up with a list of the 15 cities that are the best for college graduates to call home. You may be surprised that these 15 locales aren't just big names with preposterously high rents -- and there's a reason for that. By sheer job growth, New York and San Francisco are at the top of the list, but when you factor in affordability, they fall short.