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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.

Poll: Most Chicago-Area Residents Living 'Greener'

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

From his bucolic farm on the south side of Naperville, Steve Tiwald can see the imprint of the country's "green movement" on the faces of eager patron...

PHOTOS: 7 Unexpectedly Green Cities

Huffington Post | Barbara Fenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

When we think of green cities, most of us think of the same perpetual lineup: Portland, Boulder, San Francisco, Seattle, and Burlington. We here at Hu...

Green Rehab in Philly and Kansas City

Paul McRandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paul McRandle

Too often the green movement has been guilty of catering to those who can afford pricey retrofits and other amenities of an eco-friendly lifestyle whi...

Boulder: We Can't Even Change Our Own Light Bulbs?

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Boulder's energy audit program was designed to get people motivated to make energy-efficient improvements. But follow-up surveys found homeowners didn't make even the smallest recommended changes.

Clean-Tech Jobs: Best Cities

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Clean Edge, a research firm with a focus on the "clean technologies" industry, recently released a report this month on employment in the clean-energy...

Cleveland Aims to Go Green After Years Of Steep Decline

cnbc.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Orchards and vineyards may soon spring from the blight of thousands of abandoned buildings in Cleveland, a city struggling to rise from years of decli...

Help Us Save Laurel Canyon and Mulholland Drive

Paul Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paul Edelman

What is now a refuge for mule deer, hawks, bobcats and other wildlife, can quickly turn into a housing development, if $145,000 is not raised by August 17th.

Why NYC is Not a Top 10 Green City

Dennis Markatos | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dennis Markatos

New York City is making progress toward environmental and climate leadership. But we have a ways to go if we want to ensure a place in top 10 green American cities lists.

Public Transit Use Booming, So Why Is It Struggling?

usnews.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Is your city's public transit suffering? Chances are, yes. Ridership on public transportation nationwide has increased exponentially - and is now a...