March 8, 2017, 8am PST
Headlined by vertical (and horizontal) sprawl in China, India, and elsewhere, the global building boom requires vast quantities of concrete and asphalt. And to get those materials, sand must be taken from the environment.
January 17, 2017, 5am PST
Today’s "Eco" or "Green" Urbanism movement has ancient, cross-cultural roots. This history is worth contemplating for lessons relevant to sustainable planning and design.
December 26, 2016, 11am PST
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has taken the first official step to find a train operator for the initial operating segment of the 800-mile project: connecting the Central Valley to the Silicon Valley, with estimated completion by 2024.
October 25, 2016, 12pm PDT
In a new brief, Penn IUR Faculty Fellow Richard Weller writes about mapping that recognizes the interdependence of people and conservation.
Penn Institute for Urban Research
October 17, 2016, 9am PDT
Austin Office of Sustainability upgrades transparency with a new online resource.
September 23, 2016, 11am PDT
Within ten years, passengers flying on JetBlue out of JFK will leaving a much lower carbon footprint, thanks to a fuel composed of 30 percent biofuel.
August 24, 2016, 11am PDT
Ben Brown takes a hard look at our capacities and limitations in a world more complex than we’d prefer.
July 31, 2016, 7am PDT
As car sharing services like Car2Go have infiltrated cities including Vancouver, B.C., benefits of reduced car ownership and greenhouse gas emissions are being realized, a new study finds.
July 27, 2016, 11am PDT
Car sharing networks that allow the vehicle to be returned to any location were found to have the impact of removing seven cars for each rented car in San Diego in a three-year study released July 19.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
June 22, 2016, 10am PDT
As economic migration continues to swell its population, Texas has been heralded by some as a new California. But Johnny Sanphillippo argues that the Lone Star State's boom just isn't sustainable.
May 10, 2016, 2pm PDT
Urbanism and smart growth are great for cities, people, and "the environment"—but neighborhood impacts must be mitigated. Kaid Benfield gives pointers on balancing the scales.
March 21, 2016, 2pm PDT
The new game Block’Hood seeks to illustrate and educate about the connection between sustainability and social and economic needs in city and neighborhood building.
March 3, 2016, 1pm PST
As more and more people live on this planet, the pressure to build smart cities that feature environmentally sustainable infrastructure will become immense. Planners will be challenged to do more with less. Here's a discussion of this complex issue.
February 17, 2016, 9am PST
Get this guide for 21 apps and services for enjoying the city of Los Angeles to its fullest, whether you're a resident or a visitor.
January 13, 2016, 2pm PST
Pennsylvania finds proof that Passive House standards can be built at affordable housing prices, after the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency incorporated Passive House benchmarks into its Low Income Housing Tax Credit application.
December 27, 2015, 9am PST
A study of CEQA litigation revealed widespread abuse that experts say undermines California's environmental sustainability goals.
December 21, 2015, 6am PST
After a decade of development, Paris' first EcoDistrict launched this year. Built in place of a disused train station, the district features offices, housing, and amenities built around clean and green principles.
November 16, 2015, 2pm PST
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is showing developers how resilience can benefit the bottom line in the "Returns on Resilience" report. Sarene Marshall, director of the ULI Center for Sustainability, offers insight into the report's examples.
November 9, 2015, 2pm PST
As sustainability initiatives gain momentum, planners have a growing number of options for credentialing their green skills.
November 4, 2015, 8am PST
San Francisco's water district has become the first in the nation to require newly constructed large buildings to collect and reuse nonpotable water.