September 22, 2015, 10am PDT
This week Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas submitted permits to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build a 550-mile natural gas pipeline across three mid-Atlantic states.
July 20, 2015, 5am PDT
Elizabeth City, North Carolina, will host a 204-megawatt wind energy facility—the first in a region known for steady coastal breezes. The project is a collaboration of European-based Iberdrola Renewables, LLC, and Seattle-based Amazon.
Blog post
April 29, 2014, 9pm PDT
The biggest mobility challenge in cities isn't about what comes out of a car's tailpipe - it's about the massive amount of space that cars demand. Space to drive in, and space to park in. When explaining this, these pictures are worth 1000 words.
Brent Toderian
October 22, 2013, 6am PDT
The UK Government has announced a controversial deal with a French energy company to build a new nuclear power plant in South West England to provide power to 5 million homes, reports Patrick Wintour.
The Guardian
August 20, 2013, 8am PDT
Through determined investment, L.A. is on track to generate a third of its power from renewables by 2020. Varun Sivaram, formerly Mayor Villaraigosa's senior advisor on energy and water policy, explains how the city must modernize its power system.
The Planning Report
August 15, 2013, 8am PDT
Somewhere along the ramifying pathways of the possible, Raymond Welch became an energy consultant. In this guest editorial, he rants on a troubling future that he helped create. A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments
March 13, 2013, 10am PDT
James Kelly, formerly of Southern California Edison, moderated “Smart Grid: Real or Hype?” at this year’s VerdeXchange conference. Featuring utility and grid specialists, the panel addressed the challenges of implementing the smarter grid.
The Planning Report
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November 18, 2012, 6pm PST
Even in cities without world-class transit systems, transit can reduce car ownership to some extent.
Michael Lewyn
June 3, 2012, 7am PDT
As the Summer months heat up, Sarah Laskow reports on cities' efforts to keep retailers' doors closed.
GOOD Magazine
March 28, 2012, 9am PDT
Nate Berg examines the nexus between water use and energy use, and the need to bring this frequently overlooked connection to the attention of planners and designers.
The Atlantic Cities
March 14, 2012, 11am PDT
The Emerald City puts the streetlight of the future to the test – for both safety and feel, and the results could affect how cities everywhere are illuminated in the future, reports William Yardley.
New York Times
January 22, 2012, 5am PST
A new report highlights the threat posed to a wide range of species by the extraction of fossil fuels in the United States.
October 20, 2011, 8am PDT
In early 2012, Facebook will launch a yet-to-be-named app that will allow 800 million users to access home energy usage information provided by their utility company. This 'Social Energy Application' will help users manage their energy.
October 20, 2011, 7am PDT
DeLorean Motor Company has not only resurrected that iconic car many remember from 'Back to the Future,' but have made it a true car from the future. The 2013 DMC-12 EV will run on lithium-ion batteries, making it fully electric.
Your Atascocita News
October 14, 2011, 11am PDT
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is fighting with Congress to extend a popular federal incentive program. Set to end on December 31 this year, the group states that the program could create 37,400 more jobs and add nearly 500 megawatt.
August 14, 2011, 5am PDT
Sunny Freeman of The Canadian Press takes to the streets to talk to bicyclists about their choice of conveyance. She says a gas price spike during the summer of 2008 pushed many Canadians onto two wheels.
Canadian Business
June 23, 2011, 6am PDT
Studying neighborhoods in Jinan, China, MIT urban studies and planning Professor Dennis Frenchman told MITnews that the country’s biggest challenge is its homogenous urban design.
Blog post
June 9, 2011, 6am PDT

Note: This column was originally titled, "A Stupid Attack on Smart Growth," intended as a pun on 'smart' and 'stupid.' However, that sounds harsh so I retitled it. - T.L.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has a well-financed campaign to discourage communities from considering smart growth as a possible way to conserve energy and reduce pollution emissions. They contend that compact development has little effect on travel activity and so provides minimal benefits. The NAHB states that, “The existing body of research demonstrates no clear link between residential land use and GHG emissions.” But their research actually found the opposite: it indicates that smart growth policies can have significant impacts on travel activity and emissions.

Todd Litman
May 23, 2011, 11am PDT
Climate scientists have warned Chicago's planners that the City will be significantly warmer and wetter by the end of theentury. And from street trees to building standards, that message is infiltrating Chicago's planning and design.
A City Prepares for a Warm Long-Term Forecast
May 14, 2011, 1pm PDT
An increasing amount of architecture projects in the U.S. are taking regional concerns like water and energy production into consideration.