Sustainability

July 20, 2009, 9am PDT
<em>Worldchanging</em>'s Alex Steffen looks at the recent city rankings compiled by the Natural Resources Defense Council and says the method of measurement doesn't really prove how sustainable a place is -- or how it's improving.
WorldChanging
July 19, 2009, 11am PDT
<em>Grist</em> brings us this list of the top 15 sustainable cities in the U.S.
Grist
July 14, 2009, 9am PDT
A paper published earlier this year by a team of professors argues that cities need to learn to become more resilient as resources become more scarce.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
July 9, 2009, 5am PDT
The NRDC reveals the most sustainable large, medium and small cities in the U.S., after an extensive evaluation based on air quality, energy production and conservation, environmental standards, recycling and many more criteria.
Smarter Cities
June 6, 2009, 1pm PDT
John DeCicco, senior fellow for automotive strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund, and author of the Green Book--a rating system for the environmental impact of cars--talks about the regulatory reforms necessary for the car industry.
VerdeXchange News
May 9, 2009, 11am PDT
Five out of every six major U.S. cities claims sustainability is one of its top priorities.
Reuters
May 8, 2009, 7am PDT
With goals of LEED-certification and plans for reuse after the games, Vancouver's Olympic Village is being called a model for event-based sustainability.
Architectural Record
May 4, 2009, 6am PDT
Builders, architects and designers are increasingly looking to nature for guidance as they try to build greener and more sustainably.
The Oregonian
Feature
April 20, 2009, 5am PDT

Slow Cities? Swedish sustainability?

Heike Mayer
Blog post
April 16, 2009, 2pm PDT

Many planners and even American Planning Association (APA) members are unaware that the APA has special member bodies called Divisions. These are essentially issue-focused member committees within APA that contribute to policymaking, develop conference sessions, publish newsletters, and generally act as focal points for like-minded APA members.

Daniel Lerch
April 11, 2009, 7am PDT
How is Kansas City to make itself sustainable? This blog offers 13 strategies, one posted a day, from experts in different fields.
One KC Voice
April 4, 2009, 5am PDT
Apropos to the debates dominating the G20 conference in London, former U.S. Trade Rep and Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor argues for trade as the centerpiece of economic and environmental sustainability.
The Planning Report
Blog post
April 2, 2009, 12pm PDT

A grad student in our program at Ball State told me several months ago that he wanted to do his creative project (a thesis alternative) on “low impact development.” His particular interest was in what we called “natural drainage systems” when I worked with the planners and landscape architects at Rahenkamp, Sachs Wells in Philadelphia 30 years ago.  I told him that it was a great topic and suggested some contemporary and older resources, including an excellent 1975 publication by the Urban Land Institute entitled Residential Storm Water Management. I also told the student that the big issue with such systems is maintenance.

Eric Damian Kelly
March 23, 2009, 2pm PDT
Many of the iconic structures designed by 'starchitects' are extravagant in their use of materials and the energy required to assemble them, writes Jack Diamond.
The Globe and Mail
March 19, 2009, 9am PDT
Envisioning a form of government more efficient to strategically invest scarce local, state and federal dollars is at the heart of such a proposal.
Albany
March 16, 2009, 6am PDT
The idea of sustainability is growing up, and as concerns about the environment take hold in cities from the bottom up, some are calling for a more sophisticated approach to "green" city development, write Anthony Flint and William Shutkin.
Citiwire
March 4, 2009, 6am PST
Bill Rees, creator of the ecological footprint concept, warns that economic growth needs to slow down greatly if we want to maintain a civilized life on Earth.
Vancouver Magazine
February 23, 2009, 2pm PST
Catherine Tumber writes in defense of the small city, long neglected in policy and revitalization, but poised to be an excellent resource for sustainable living.
Boston Review
February 20, 2009, 1pm PST
In Rohnert Park, CA, developers are turning a former industrial site into a green community that is almost completely energy independent. But can a project like this fit into an auto-oriented suburb?
WorldChanging
Blog post
February 9, 2009, 11am PST

Often, participants in public debates use words to mean things very different from their common-sense meanings, in order to manipulate the public’s emotions. Two examples in the field of urban planning come to mind.

Michael Lewyn