Walker Wells is director of the green urbanism program for Global Green USA and a lecturer at Pomona College and UCLA.
Moving beyond the building is critical to effecting transformative change toward urban sustainability. Several Swedish projects offer points of inspiration. The Eco District Summit is bringing together people engaged in district-scale sustainability.
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 5:30pm PDT
Green building has become a fundamental element of many states Qualified Allocation Plans (QAPs), which guide the distribution of the Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program.
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 2:47pm PST
Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 7:48am PDT
Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 5:01pm PDT
Summer travel took me out of the US and back to Sweden for the first time in five years. While my initial reaction was that things seemed much the same, I quickly realized that the Swedes had quietly pushed forward a number of projects that, if located in the US, would be on the vanguard of sustainability. But over there it's just called urban planning.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 10:11am PDT
The term Green Urbanism keeps showing up unexpectedly in newspaper
conference session titles, blog posts, and casual conversation. While
there is an innate, intuitive sense of the meaning, green urbanism may
seem as elusive as it is evocative. Having given this topic a fair
of thought over the past several years, I, and my colleague and
Bardacke, arrived at the following working definition:
green urbanism: the
practice of creating communities mutually beneficial to humans and the
Friday, October 1, 2010 - 5:10pm PDT
Last Tuesday was a big day for me and an even bigger Earth Day for the City of Los Angeles. After 18 months of meetings, focus groups, workshops, conference calls, briefings, and a lot of collective putting together of heads the City Council unanimously passed a landmark green building ordinance. Three hours later it was signed into law by the Mayor.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 12:05am PDT
Typically I have fallen into the “every day is earth day” camp. But this year, April 22nd offered a moment for reflection, although of a more professional than personal nature.
Green is everywhere these days – from Vanity Fair to the Wall Street Journal. The decades long debate about the validity of climate change appears to be over – as the discussion seems to be quickly shifting to either: a) how do we make it less dramatic, or b) how we prepare for the inevitable.
Monday, April 23, 2007 - 7:23pm PDT
As the current fascination with all things green grows with leaps and bounds, the question arises – are there any limits to what can be green?
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 2:01pm PDT