September 16, 2009, 6am PDT
Achieving sustainability can take one of two paths, according to Richard Carson: centralized or decentralized policy. Choosing one will be crucial.
September 15, 2009, 1pm PDT
A review of <em>GREEN METROPOLIS: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability</em> by David Owen, expanding on his groundbreaking essay in the New Yorker in 2004 on why New York is the greenest city around.
The New York Times
August 25, 2009, 9am PDT
The Whole Village in Ontario, Canada is an environmentally sustainable co-op made up of architects, doctors and teachers instead of draft dodgers and dropouts.
The Montreal Gazette
August 21, 2009, 10am PDT
Green buildings are great, but don't do too much if they're located in grossly un-green places. The city of Portland is trying to address the issue by creating "eco-districts".
August 10, 2009, 5am PDT
Amber Hawkes
August 7, 2009, 5am PDT
The American Society of Landscape Architects has released an extensive online guide to resources for sustainable urban development.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
July 24, 2009, 1pm PDT
Shelley Poticha, President and CEO of Reconnecting America and past executive director of the Congress for New Urbanism, has been appointed Senior Advisor for Sustainable Housing and Communities at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Reconnecting America
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.
July 19, 2009, 11am PDT
<em>Grist</em> brings us this list of the top 15 sustainable cities in the U.S.
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.
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
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