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Sustainable Cities

Mass Urbanization Could Save the Environment If We Do it Right

Ruth DeFries | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Ruth DeFries

The opportunities are immense for our urban existence to benefit the planet. Re-wilded places can filter water, store carbon, provide homes for other species and carry out the multitude of other benefits that nature provides. They can provide solace from urban life and places to recreate.

World Urban Forum Highlights Opportunities for Sustainable Cities

Manish Bapna | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
Manish Bapna

The reality is that well-designed cities can generate jobs, innovation, and economic growth for all. But when designed poorly -- with too much sprawl, waste, and inefficiency -- they can divide cities and exacerbate pollution, inequality, and political instability.

Learning Los Angeles: Andy Lipkis on Making our Cities More Like Forests, Part Two

Julia Wasson | Posted 05.24.2014 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

Part Two: Interview with Andy Lipkis, founder of TreePeople, on urban forests and watersheds, and how individuals can make a difference for good.

Learning Los Angeles: Andy Lipkis on Making Our Cities More Like Forests

Julia Wasson | Posted 05.19.2014 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

Andy's drive to repair the smog-damaged woods of the local mountains became a 40-year passion for addressing pollution, drought, and global warming through systems that mimic natural forests.

Yoli Ouiya

Five Cities Restoring Their Ecosystem Equilibrium | 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...

7 Environment and Development Stories to Watch in 2014

Dr. Andrew Steer | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green
Dr. Andrew Steer

All years are important, but decisions made in 2014 will have a striking impact for decades to come. Here are seven potential game-changers.

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?

The Algorithmic City

Rand Hindi | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Rand Hindi

Unfortunately, we cannot just take down cities and rebuild them, add more capacity in public transports, or create more physical space. The only thing we can do is become better at how we manage them. And the way we do it is simply by predicting what will happen.

Sustainable Cities in Pakistan -- A Dream in the "New Normal"

Asif Iqbal | Posted 06.03.2012 | Green
Asif Iqbal

Despite our small contribution to global environmental pollution, Pakistan stands as one of the most vulnerable countries to global warming.

WATCH: Floating Cities Could Be A Reality Within Decades

The Huffington Post | Meghan Neal | Posted 03.19.2012 | Technology

It's hard to imagine, but it's not just a pipe dream. In fact, a think-tank out of California believes we could have thriving floating societies on th...

How Did The Dutch Pave The Way For Bike Paths?

Posted 01.03.2012 | Green

From Shea Gunther and Mother Nature Network: I'm fascinated by the bike culture of Amsterdam. It's part of an larger transportation city network th...

How Do You Build A Truly Green City?

Andrew Ross | Posted 01.23.2012 | Books
Andrew Ross

Every U.S. city is rushing to adopt a sustainability plan, but urban policymakers need to make sure these programs are genuinely inclusive.

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...

10 Sustainable Cities

Eva Maddox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Eva Maddox

Sustainable cities -- or eco-cities -- cropping up across the globe may hold the answers to the challenges presented by swelling urban populations.

Building the Regenerative City

Marc Stoiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marc Stoiber

Sustainability could become the first megatrend of our new century. Everywhere you look, green is moving from the outskirts to downtown. But exactly how sustainable is downtown?

Rebuilding Cities in a Climate-Damaged World

Marc Stoiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marc Stoiber

Are cities devastated by disasters being redeveloped with an eye to accommodating that climate, and lessening its impact? If we use Pakistan as an example, the answer seems to be 'no'.

Grey to Green. Innovating the Sustainable City.

Marc Stoiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marc Stoiber

Cities cover only 3% of the world's land mass, but they house 50% of the world's population, consume 75% of the world's resources and emit a correspon...