Sustainability

March 16, 2012, 1pm PDT
Ariel Schwartz reports on NOLAbound, a week-long event meant to showcase the sustainable, entrepreneurial culture that has taken hold in New Orleans as it recovers from Hurricane Katrina.
Fast Company Co.Exist
March 6, 2012, 1pm PST
Zipcar has released the results of their first Future Metropolis Index, which the company commissioned to recognize cities that demonstrate smart urban planning and policymaking, reports Ariel Schwartz.
Fast Company Co.Exist
March 5, 2012, 2pm PST
Lee Epstein and Kaid Benfield pen a post on the importance of working rural landscapes to the sustainability agenda, which seems to be increasingly overlooked by smart growth advocates.
Switchboard
February 29, 2012, 5am PST
Writing for <em>Alternet</em>, Sara Robinson reports on the Sightline Institute's efforts to compile a list of what she calls "zombie laws" that prevent people from living sustainably.
AlterNet
February 27, 2012, 1pm PST
Taking a page from the locavore food movement, an architectural competition in Vancouver asks entrants to design a home using materials made or recycled within 100 miles of the city, writes Mark Boyer.
Good
February 22, 2012, 8am PST
As city officials introduce plans to overhaul waste disposal in the capital of Mexico, a deeply rooted constituency fights back.
New York Times
February 17, 2012, 9am PST
Eric Laine and Suzanne Steelman present LiveWork, a new take on the changing nature of living and working in a design for a mixed use development in Athens, GA.
Fast Company
February 16, 2012, 1pm PST
Manish Bapna outlines the factors that put China on the frontlines of sustainable urban development.
Forbes
February 8, 2012, 5am PST
Andrew H. Whittemore contends that planners dismiss the far-fetched theories of a grand United Nations sustainability conspiracy at their own peril.
The Atlantic Cities
January 20, 2012, 8am PST
The commonwealth's nonprofit affordable housing developers are outgreening their market-rate peers, bringing green building up to scale statewide.
Shelterforce
January 10, 2012, 6am PST
Architect Peter Calthorpe lays out a forceful argument for the lower costs and higher benefits of constructing high speed rail versus expanded highways to serve the state's growing population and economic development.
San Francisco Chronicle
January 7, 2012, 7am PST
Affordable housing advocates find that green building techniques result in higher-quality construction -- and often with costs comparable to traditional building techniques.
Shelterforce
December 16, 2011, 9am PST
The NYC Bar Association Committee advocates making amendments to the city's the current Zoning Resolution to make the city more sustainable.
This Big City
December 14, 2011, 8am PST
Chuck Wolfe admires the creative thinking which has reinvented the dramatic setting between two Italian hill towns.
The Atlantic Cities
December 2, 2011, 7am PST
Walmart talks big about climate action, but its land-use strategy is anything but climate-friendly: It builds massive new stores on virgin land in sprawling areas, then abandons them in favor of still newer, still bigger stores, says Stacy Mitchell.
Grist
Blog post
November 29, 2011, 8am PST

Go ahead, define sustainability.  Everyone knows countless, tangled and unconvincing definitions for this word which is quickly losing steam.  The problem is that we’re not sure about how sustainability relates to us except in planetary ways. We’re bombarded with many concepts that if we reduce this by 20%  then we’ll get that in 30 years which helps the earth survive. All’s well, except we’re almost numb because we won’t feel the aggregate effects for quite some time. Obviously, we’re an impatient lot. 

Rick Abelson
November 10, 2011, 7am PST
Pilgrimages to holy sites around the world have caused large amounts of waste and pollution because of the large amount of people gathering together for one event and consumeristic habits, writes George Webster for CNN
CNN
November 4, 2011, 12pm PDT
The Web Urbanist counts down twelve of the best ultra modern home designs with a descriptive slideshow.
Web Urbanist
October 26, 2011, 11am PDT
In its 5th year, the Solar Decathlon had submissions from 20 different countries and from schools like SCI-Arc/Caltech's and Appalachian State University, writes Diana Budds for Dwell.
Dwell
October 11, 2011, 8am PDT
Galina Tachieva's new Sprawl Repair Manual creates a narrative and visual process for making suburbs more sustainable. The book's first chapter is available now online.
Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments