Energy Efficiency

San Francisco Ferry Building

8 Cities Taking Steps Toward Waste Reduction and Sustainability

These eight cities are taking steps to reduce waste and achieve sustainability of their metropolitan areas. Keep reading to learn more.

June 22, 2021 - Devin Partida

New York City

Cities as a Climate Change Solution

With the urban exodus hysteria of the early pandemic in the rearview mirror, urban apologists are staking high ground on urban soil.

April 22, 2021 - Bloomberg Green+CityLab

Multi-Modal Hub

The Surprising Ways Cities Work to Clean the Environment

Municipal programs and urban design offer cities multiple, perhaps surprising ways, to clean the environment.

March 28, 2021 - Devin Partida

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Industry Wins a Round Over Building Efficiency Requirements

New regulations prohibit cities from enacting stricter efficiency standards in new buildings.

March 11, 2021 - Huffington Post

Los Angeles County Sprawl

A Year of Climate Action for Cities

The Trump administration might have dealt numerous setbacks in the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but climate action in 2020 went local, with cities all over the country finding new ways to reduce emissions.

January 1, 2021 - Amy Turner via Twitter

Lehigh River

The 'Marshall Plan for Middle America' Plans $600 Million in Clean Energy Investments

A coalition of leaders in the Appalachian region recently released the "Marshall Plan for Middle America" to create jobs and transition the states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky away from fossil fuels.

November 17, 2020 - StateImpact Pennsylvania

Bike and Pedestrian Path

Fostering a 'Green Economic Recovery' in Post-Coronavirus Cities

Cities around the world are putting sustainability and climate change at the forefront of economic recovery plans.

May 17, 2020 - The Guardian

Nighttime Skyline

LEDs, Downward Lights Changing the Night in Chicago

The nighttime illumination of Chicago is almost finished with a complete overhaul of its streetlights, producing a dramatic effect in the nighttime environment of the city.

January 3, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

Philadelphia City Hall

Building Energy Efficiency Program Approved in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has renewed its efforts to improve energy efficiency in non-residential building to contribute to its Paris Climate Agreement commitment.

December 13, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

New Hampshire

To Reduce Carbon Emissions, Focus on Existing Buildings

Architects are uniquely positioned to reduce global warming, argues the CEO of Urban Green Council—but first they need to rethink their role.

November 18, 2019 - The Architectural League of New York

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HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Case Study Posted on HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.