Sustainability

Blog post
March 26, 2018, 10am PDT
There is plenty of evidence for modular construction as a key component of a green economy.
Kayla Matthews
Feature
March 11, 2018, 1pm PDT
Insight into the hard work of implementing the New Urban Agenda.
Michael Mehaffy
Blog post
February 27, 2018, 9am PST
There are plenty of opportunities to green the world's energy production and consumption infrastructure, but it will take good planning.
Kayla Matthews
February 22, 2018, 9am PST
"Penn: Current Research on Sustainable Urban Development" is a collection of 11 research papers on key urban topics, authored by faculty, associated researchers and fellows from three centers at the University of Pennsylvania.
Penn IUR Urban Link
January 18, 2018, 1pm PST
Residents will live in solar powered homes and ride around the community in self-driving, solar-powered shuttles. Babcock Ranch outside of Fort Myers, Florida, has been in the making since 2005. A city of 50,000 is forecasted.
CBS This Morning
January 6, 2018, 11am PST
Mayors and civic leaders from across the Hawaiian islands signed a commitment to target 100 percent renewable ground transportation by 2045, both public and private.
Hawaii Reporter
December 18, 2017, 9am PST
If the desert metropolis wants to survive, it will need a strategy built on something other than a denser, more urban downtown.
Dezeen
November 1, 2017, 6am PDT
Out of 23 cities, New York City came in first, Indianapolis came in 23rd.
Smart Cities Dive
Blog post
October 13, 2017, 7am PDT
Which is better for the environment: buying an existing home, inefficiencies and all, or paying to build a new home with all the bells and whistles of green building technology?
Kayla Matthews
September 18, 2017, 11am PDT
Everyone has a different answer on what makes a great place, depending on how wonky you'd like to get. Kaid Benfield lists his top 10 ingredients for a healthy community.
PlaceMakers
September 17, 2017, 1pm PDT
As more young people express a preference for suburban life, Alan M. Berger gives us a vision of tomorrow's suburbs: smart and sustainable, but still spread out.
The New York Times
August 31, 2017, 2pm PDT
In 2011, Washington, D.C. adopted the Sustainable D.C. plan, establishing the capital as a leader in green building and sustainability planning. In 2017, the city is the first in the world to achieve a new mark of distinction for its accomplishments.
WAMU
August 14, 2017, 2pm PDT
Although no U.S. region has yet to even get halfway to sustainability goals set by the Paris Climate Agreement, certain U.S. cities are doing better than the rest.
CityLab
Blog post
August 8, 2017, 6am PDT
We can all do better when it comes to water.
Kayla Matthews
May 2, 2017, 11am PDT
The people who work for city parks and recreation departments were surveyed about sustainability successes and challenges.
Next City
March 26, 2017, 7am PDT
The story of Babcock Ranch, "a planned community that could become the most sustainable town in America," as told by Marlene Cimons for Nexus Media.
Nexus Media
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.
The Guardian
Blog post
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.
Dean Saitta
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.
Progressive Railroading
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