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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.

Geoff Cape, Reimagining Cities at Toronto's Evergreen Brick Works

Pro Journo | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Pro Journo

Cities everywhere are being forced to reimagine themselves due to variability in population and climate. The way they do so will have massive consequences for our communities and collective ecological resilience.

Unlikely Allies? Urbanization and Unconventional Oils

Deborah Gordon | Posted 04.15.2013 | Green
Deborah Gordon

From mass transit options to street design to parking provisions, the shape of cities and their transportation systems will help determine oil consumption patterns for billions of people worldwide.

Can Copenhagen Become the World's First Carbon Neutral City?

James Grundvig | Posted 03.24.2013 | Green
James Grundvig

"We believe that carbon neutrality not only benefits the climate, the Copenhageners will gain a lot in terms of increased growth and life quality as well. Cleaner air, less noise and a greener city will give Copenhageners better daily lives and create more jobs."

Compassion Games -- Survival of the Kindest

Duane Elgin | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Duane Elgin

Where The Hunger Games are the imagined price of a failed transition to sustainable prosperity, Compassion Games are the authentic reward for successful transition. May kindness be with you in the game of life!

Eco Etiquette: Can Our Cities Save Us?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at Questions may be edited for length and clarity. My husband and I are clos...

America's 25 Greenest Cities

Posted 06.19.2012 | Green

Which U.S. cities are the greenest? A new report from Canadian-based media company Corporate Knights ranks the country's greenest cities, with Seattle...

Ten Cities, Ten Projects

Rob Bennett | Posted 07.24.2012 | Green
Rob Bennett

Even with the economy struggling to rebound and cities facing unprecedented pressure to do more with less, this year is shaping up to be a busy one for the green cities movement. And the timing couldn't be better.

Do Lawns Contribute to Climate Change?

Mark Hostetler | Posted 06.30.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

With these unmeasured factors, city parks with high maintenance regimes may have much larger impacts than reported here. Thus, urban areas that have a large amount of mowed, irrigated, fertilized lawns and pruned shrubs and trees can be a source of carbon dioxide rather than a sink.

Mayor Tommy Battle Building a Sustainability Generation

Susanna Murley | Posted 06.19.2012 | Green
Susanna Murley

One of the key areas where cities can promote sustainability is on the streets. By narrowing roadways and increasing the width of sidewalks, they can encourage more walking, higher population density as well as slow down vehicle traffic and generally make their streets more friendly to multiple types of users.

Top 10 Energy Star Cities

Posted 04.12.2012 | Green

This week, the EPA released its annual list of the 25 American cities with the highest number of Energy Star certified buildings. According to the...

Are Lawns Bad?

Mark Hostetler | Posted 05.27.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

I regard lawns as bad because they are like concrete to most species and have very little benefit for wildlife. But are lawns bad, considering all the other activities and consumption patterns we urbanites partake in?

Evaluating Green Communities: Part 3

Mark Hostetler | Posted 05.11.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

Trails, sidewalks, and open spaces not only encourage residents to interact with their environment, but also promote a strong sense of community by facilitating interactions among neighbors.

City Heat: Growing Our Way to a Sustainable Solution

Susanna Murley | Posted 05.07.2012 | Green
Susanna Murley

Trees and plants help cool the city, which reduces the need for energy-hogging air conditioners while also providing valuable ecosystem services like reduced water runoff, filtration, and habitats for city critters.

10 Big U.S. Cities Go Green With Public Transit, Energy, And Food

Posted 01.04.2012 | Green

From EcoSalon: Clean energy, public transit and local food make these 10 big cities the greenest of them all. Honking cars emit foul black cloud...

From Green Building to Green Cities

Rob Bennett | Posted 12.17.2011 | Green
Rob Bennett

The world's greatest greening opportunity many not be saving trees, but rather making our cities self-reliant so they are less dependent on the natural order for resources.

D.C. vs. the Green Apple: In Efficiency, We're Closer Than You Think

Brian F. Keane | Posted 11.29.2011 | DC
Brian F. Keane

New York City has it all: high-efficiency windows, hybrid taxis, low-flow appliances, underwater turbines and more. But let's face it: it's easy for cities to be efficient. What about the suburbs?

Tell Your City Leaders: Join Call for Action on Climate Crisis

Kassie Siegel | Posted 11.23.2011 | Green
Kassie Siegel

We've got to get national leaders off the dime. Here's one way: When city leaders speak out, especially in large numbers, Washington tends to listen.

Green: The New Normal

Jack Darin | Posted 11.02.2011 | Green
Jack Darin

What's most impressive about Normal leading the pack on sustainability is that the town is, well, normal. Like anywhere, it has residents who want a cleaner environment and need good jobs.

The Greenest Cities In The U.S. And Canada

Posted 09.07.2011 | Green

A recent study sought to find the greenest city in the U.S. and Canada. The study was commissioned by Siemens and conducted by an independent research...

Making Big Urban Ideas Happen Through Idea Management

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.27.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Once a big idea is vetted -- whether in an authoritarian or democratic way -- what assures its success? Most particularly, what if, from Day One, the vision pushes comfort zones of the achievable; politically, legally or monetarily?

After the Obama Speeches: Reflections on Urban Sustainability

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.19.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Could sustainability principles pave the path to peace? President Obama's strategic statements about the Middle East last Thursday (and as clarified ...

Village Green: What Do the World's Most Romantic Cities Have in Common?

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Some cities that perennially make "ten-most-romantic cities" lists. And people fall in love with them, and in them, in part because they are so conducive to nourishing the human spirit.

Can Chicago Get Out of Its Parking Meter Lease?

Aaron Renn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Aaron Renn

Could Chicago in fact get out of the parking meter deal? Possibly, though it's a long shot. But it's imperative that the next mayor at least take a run at it.