April 20, 2010, 12pm PDT
Former Albuquerque Mayor Martin J. Chavez writes that the great success of Mayor Bloomberg's PlanNYC is due in large part to a process that borrowed key principles from the business world.
April 15, 2010, 10am PDT
In this commentary, Tom Angotti questions if New York's sustainability plan can be effective if the process remains remains top-down and Mayor-controlled.
April 15, 2010, 5am PDT
New York City's long-term sustainability plan is coming up on its three-year anniversary. Tom Angotti says that now's the time to take its broad citywide efforts down to the neighborhood level.
April 8, 2010, 2pm PDT
Artist and student of architecture Azby Brown has spent 25 years in Japan, and today sees a number of design principles that drive the Japanese way of building and living that can be used by designers.
March 29, 2010, 2pm PDT
South Korean government officials are increasingly focusing on green projects to improve their cities' sustainability -- and create legacies for politicians.
March 23, 2010, 7am PDT
City and government officials from around the world are in Rio de Janeiro to make the argument that urban hold the key to sustainability. Neal Peirce reports.
March 17, 2010, 7am PDT
The public image of Pittsburgh is of a dirty, industrial city, but the city has been at the forefront of sustainability for some time.
March 4, 2010, 6am PST
Warren Karlenzig delves into the unique challenges of reducing carbon in cities, where efforts may be misplaced. Should your city focus on green building, traffic emissions or water treatment?
March 2, 2010, 11am PST
In the late '90s a trio of North Carolina suburbs tried to ditch their suburban past with a new, much lauded Smart Growth planning effort that revised the way they used their land. The success of the celebrated developments didn't last long.
February 25, 2010, 8am PST
OK, there is no such czar, but now that Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities is established, why not be creative? Poticha is former CEO of Reconnecting America, and before that, Congress for the New Urbanism.
February 23, 2010, 8am PST
As architects and planners seek to create sustainable buildings and cities, some scientists suggest looking at the intricate home-building of insects.
February 22, 2010, 10am PST
Efforts to desegregate schools in the 1970s weakened neighborhood ties. Now, a return to school assignments based on where children live could make communities stronger.
February 20, 2010, 5am PST
The niversity of Washington and CH2M HILL have released a new sustainability rating system for roads.
February 17, 2010, 11am PST
Sustainability is going federal through a new collaboration between HUD, EPA and DOT. Anthony Flint takes a look at the new coordinated effort and some of the challenges it faces.
February 16, 2010, 1pm PST
The Olympic Village in Vancouver's Southeast False Creek has earned a platinum rating in the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system.
February 12, 2010, 7am PST
<em>Grist</em> takes a look at the Olympic city of Vancouver, and lists some of its greenest attributes, and some of its less-than-green downfalls.
February 10, 2010, 2pm PST
With Congress mired in the health care debate, legislation critical to rebuilding communities, such as ACES and the reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Bill, languish. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) details the political climate in D.C.
February 7, 2010, 9am PST
Obama's brand new Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities admits to being inspired by Portland's groundbreaking urban planning policies.
January 31, 2010, 7am PST
<em>Worldchanging</em>'s Alex Steffen says the question of cities versus suburbs is the political conflict that will define the next decade.
January 21, 2010, 12pm PST
While Dubai's fantastical Burj Khalifa is mostly empty and development has ground to a halt, Abu Dhabi continues to develop - and smartly, says Philip Langdon.