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Protecting Watersheds As We Grow Our Cities and Towns

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 11.21.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

We don't have to choose between a growing population and healthy economy, on the one hand, and a healthy and sustainable environment, on the other. We really can have it both ways.

Solving California's Water Problems

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Now, halfway through the second decade of the 21st century, we've hit the wall. California is in a drought -- some call it the third year of a drought, but it could also be called the 10th dry year out of the last 13. Even if next year brings some relief, our water problems will remain.

Investing in Nature: New Sources of Capital

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

Two hundred and fifty billion dollars: that's the gap between the estimated need to support global conservation efforts and what's currently devoted...

Green Lawns Don't Make for 'Green' Yards

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

The natural world is awakening from a tough winter, and our yards are greening up as the weather warms. But are our yards really as "green" as they could be?

Realizing Mayor Lumumba's Promise

Aaron Bartley | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Aaron Bartley

When Chokwe Lumumba, Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, passed away in February, he left behind a blueprint for combating poverty and promoting sustainability in America's post-industrial cities.

Indy's Remarkable Pathway to Sustainable Renewal

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

In most cities, what's happening in the private sector alone won't be enough to get the job done, and civic and philanthropic investment is needed to jump-start the process of becoming vital again.

White Roofs vs. Green Roofs: Recent Reports Declaring a Victor Overlook That Both Are Wins for the Environment

Noah Garrison | Posted 05.07.2014 | Green
Noah Garrison

Green roofs (and cool roofs/white roofs, too) can do a lot to reduce the harmful global warming effects that black roofs accelerate.

California's Drought: The New Normal?

Sara Aminzadeh | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Sara Aminzadeh

The drought proclamation formally recognizes that "extremely dry conditions ... may continue beyond this year and more regularly into the future." This calls for permanent and fundamental changes in our behavior. Here are five ways to get started.

Maybe It Was the Mistletoe: Huge Settlement in Lawsuit Over Dirty Stormwater Pollution

Bart Mihailovich | Posted 02.20.2014 | Green
Bart Mihailovich

In this story, it was regular citizens and a federal court, not the Ghost of Christmas Future, that gave the County a glimpse of what it means to be on the hook for Clean Water Act fines.

San Francisco Closes Green Roof Gap

Amy E. Norquist | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Amy E. Norquist

Lately, there are a lot of articles mentioning San Francisco and the "Tale of Two Cities." They largely refer to economic disparities, but they could just as well be talking about those in the city that understand the connection between green infrastructure and clean air and water, and those that do not.

Chicago's Investment in Cleaner, Greener Water

Henry Henderson | Posted 12.09.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

For Chicago to compete, we must have infrastructure that offsets the economic and quality of life impacts that climate change is already throwing at us.

How EPA Could Ruin Your Summer Vacation

Steve Fleischli | Posted 08.25.2013 | Green
Steve Fleischli

Too many of America's beaches are sick -- and they're passing on their illnesses to families across the country. It shouldn't be this way.

Los Angeles County Water Pollution and the U.S. Supreme Court

Steve Fleischli | Posted 01.30.2013 | Green
Steve Fleischli

By doing the right thing, Los Angeles County officials, like many of their counterparts around the country, would learn that embracing green infrastructure is not only good for public health and smart environmental policy.

In Indianapolis, Green Economy Takes Root

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 11.28.2012 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Once considered one of the most conservative cities in the country, and known largely for its industrial manufacturing history, Indianapolis may seem like an unlikely leader in the movement to create more vibrant, healthy, equitable communities.

40 Years Ago Clean Water Act Transformed How America Views Water, Time to Do It Again

Peter Lehner | Posted 12.18.2012 | Green
Peter Lehner

We still have a lot of work to do, but there is no doubt that our water is safer to fish from and cleaner to swim in than it was when Congress passed this law. Yet even as we continue to make progress, it is time for another transformative change.

The Clean Water Act at 40: What's Your Wish?

Marc Yaggi | Posted 12.17.2012 | Green
Marc Yaggi

The Clean Water Act turns 40 today. As many know, a 40th birthday can be a momentous occasion for some, an "it's all downhill" moment for others, and just another year for the indifferent.

We Can't Afford to Wait to Fix Our Water Problem

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 12.15.2012 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

If we hope to protect America's waterways, we need to support the EPA in enforcing Clean Water Act safeguards. One of the most important ways to do that is by investing in green stormwater infrastructure -- and we'll put millions of Americans to work in the process.

It's Common Sense: Miami Beach Planning for Rising Sea Levels

Jerry Libbin | Posted 11.14.2012 | Miami
Jerry Libbin

Maybe it's because we're surrounded by water, or because we're a proactive, forward-thinking city. Whatever the case, Miami Beach is among the first cities in the U.S. to officially recognize the effects of global warming in its planning and design criteria.

April Showers: The Tale of Two Cities

Amy E. Norquist | Posted 06.17.2012 | Green
Amy E. Norquist

Two sides of the country and two different discussions about sewage and stormwater: Why is San Francisco a decade behind east coast cities in the adoption of green infrastructure?

Caught in the Act: Malibu's Dirty Little Secret Cleaned Up (VIDEO)

Kathy Eldon | Posted 01.29.2012 | Impact
Kathy Eldon

The glamorous city of 13,000 is now leading the way in stopping toxic stormwater and chemical-laden urban runoff from destroying its glamorous coastline.

Lynne Peeples

The Best And Worst Beaches In The U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 08.29.2011 | Green

Before you head to the beach this Fourth of July weekend, no doubt you will check the forecast for any impending bad weather. But to avoid some potent...

Stormwater Alert One Option to Plug Sewer Overflows

Susan J. Marks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan J. Marks

Imagine sewage, sludge, and street pollutants mixed with billions of gallons of water flooding literally thousands of basements, pouring along streets...

A Dozen Threats to Your Water on the 38th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

Pollution prevention, efficiency, conservation, reuse, doing things locally and in a distributed and decentralized manner are all core principles for moving forward with water and other natural resources.

This One Really Stings

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

We called it, simply, The Test. I grew up on a house on Barnegat Bay in Chadwick Beach, New Jersey. With four little children scampering around, my pa...

Feds to Release Plan to Clean Up Chesapeake Bay

Nancy Stoner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nancy Stoner

The Chesapeake Bay watershed spans portions of six states and more than 60,000 square miles. The only way to clean up the Bay is to get all of those states to work at home to clean up the streams.