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Transforming Cities for Sustainability: Q&A With Urban Expert Pascal Mittermaier

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Making cities more sustainable isn't just good for nature -- it's good for people, too, of course. That's a concept Pascal Mittermaier, the Nature Conservancy's new Global Managing Director of Cities, believes can transform how leaders incorporate nature into urban planning.

How Localizing Is the Key To Our Urban Future

Michael Sorkin | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Michael Sorkin

NEW YORK -- Ironically, in this era of exponential growth, we are witnessing the disappearance of cities. Our urbanism is becoming increasingly generic -- a Starbucks on every corner and an iPhone in every palm. We can do better.

Renewables Driving the Energy Transformation

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

Facing growing global crises, such as the devastating impacts of climate change, the degradation of our natural environment and failing financial systems, it is hard to deny that our old human story has failed us.

The Future of America's Cities Lies in the Past

Kate Ascher | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
Kate Ascher

NEW YORK -- A decade from now, the hearts of some of our largest cities will no longer be defined by gleaming skyscrapers surrounded by well-manicured corporate plazas. The city will regain its human scale and emerge once again as a series of communities -- completing a fascinating journey back to the future.

The 10 Greenest Cities In America

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green

Big city life doesn't have to mean overwhelming smog and environmental anguish. In fact, according to a new study by NerdWallet.com, those seeking ...

Nature's Do-Gooders: What Difference Do They Make?

Marianne Krasny | Posted 05.10.2015 | Green
Marianne Krasny

Last week I assembled a group of nature "do-gooders" at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis MD. And I asked them what difference their well-intended actions really make.

Is Boston the Greenest American City?

Lance Hosey | Posted 04.11.2015 | Green
Lance Hosey

At number 13 overall, Boston ranks highest among U.S. cities. Only New York fares better among American metropolises for "profit" and "planet," but it falls far short under "people," nudging Boston forward.

How Thoughtful Landscape Architecture Nourishes the City

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 12.27.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

After decades of suburban sprawl, we're finally on a more urban trend in the US. That's a very good thing, but it's easy to forget as we add more urban development to our cities that we humans are biophilic creatures.

Innovation Earth: Can the Massachusetts Food Waste Ban End Hunger?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

When I first started writing this column, I envisioned covering breakthroughs that could enable us to live sustainably on a world inhabited by 7 billi...

Going Green With Catie Marron

Rana Florida | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

"I think the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to the High Line is a great example of the value of creative thinking in designing public spaces. So many cities in the world now want to create their own High Lines and are thinking about abandoned spaces in a new way."

Kate Sheppard

Meet One Republican Who's Happy About Obama's New Climate Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Last November, President Barack Obama formed a task force of state and local elected officials to advise his administration how local ...

Conservation From the Last of the Wild to the Least of the Wild

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

Even in our highly unnatural cities, the very human desire to connect with nature has also given rise to countless parks and gardens. When we think of green space in New York City, where I live and work, our mind goes first to Central Park and the New York Botanical Gardens.

Inner Sustainability: A New Concept for Earth Day

Ann Purcell | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Ann Purcell

Can we be more sustainable within our own selves, within our consciousness? Just like we may generate too much trash and wasted energy and resources in the outer environment, when we are stressed and tired that is also wasted energy.

Major City Moves Closer To Ban On Plastic Water Bottles

Reuters | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO, March 4 (Reuters) - San Francisco moved to restrict the sale of plastic water bottles on city property...

Hey Pedestrians, Think Your City Is Walkable?

Posted 02.03.2014 | Green

We all know that walking is the best form of transport in big cities: it's cost-effective and environmentally friendly, and you don't have to worry ab...

Yoli Ouiya

Five Cities Restoring Their Ecosystem Equilibrium

HuffingtonPost.com | Yoli Ouiya | Posted 01.27.2014 | Black Voices

Sustainable cities are on the rise and with good reason. Due to the rapid growth in population, there is an increase in demand for all resources, espe...

Innovation Earth: This Could Be 'The Future Of Urban Transportation'

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 03.16.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

By 2050, seven out of every 10 people living on Earth will call themselves an urbanite. So how will we navigate the throng?

Man Uses 'Water Bike' To Commute Across San Francisco Bay & Hudson River

Posted 10.06.2013 | Green

It's not an accident that most major metropolises are situated on or near bodies of water. Cities like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles all boa...

Cities and the Environment

David S. Beckman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
David S. Beckman

With billions headed for urban centers in the decades to come, and with cities already home to a majority of the earth's population, the future of cities and our environment are inextricably connected.

The Prosperity/Well-being Conundrum

Jonathan F.P. Rose | Posted 09.19.2013 | Impact
Jonathan F.P. Rose

Is it more important to measure the distribution of income within a city, or the city's level of access to economic opportunity and mobility?

8 Greenest Cities Embracing Alternative Fuel

Posted 12.13.2013 | Green

Every sector of our society is looking for “the next big thing,” that one change or discovery to move our nation forward. For the energy sector, o...

Road Paved With Smog-Eating Concrete Is 'Greenest Street In America'

Posted 04.15.2013 | Chicago

As warm-weather cyclists ready their bikes and the city moves forward with its bike-sharing program, Chicago is continuing to live up to its reputatio...

TV Host Dreams Of A Carbon-Neutral Erie

The Boulder Daily Camera | John Aguilar | Posted 06.14.2013 | Denver

Aaron Harber is best known for conducting TV interviews of high-powered figures from the political, financial and entertainment worlds, including U.S....

Dispatch from Delhi: The Wisdom of Cities

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Rick Fedrizzi

I find myself in one of the most amazing cities in the world as I write this. And I'm here, ironically, to talk to the people of this city about, of a...

The Friendliest Cities For... Bikes

The Active Times | Posted 05.17.2013 | Travel
The Active Times

Want a taste of this two-wheeled utopia? Put your pedal power to the test in one of these top 10 bike-friendly cities.