November 2, 2009, 12pm PST
David Villano takes an in-depth survey of the state of public engagement practices in the U.S., and the positive effects of the processes that work.
October 26, 2009, 2pm PDT
Jacobs' ideas about urban planning bumped her to the top of her Top Urban Thinkers list, but economists are turning to her other books to rethink local economies.
October 17, 2009, 1pm PDT
Not having babies is, arguably, the most effective way of limiting one's carbon footprint. Experts discuss ways to approach this touchy subject.
October 14, 2009, 7am PDT
The California Building Standards Commission recently okayed the use of greywater (slightly dirty water from tubs, washing machines, etc.) to be used for irrigation. They were catching up on a revolution 20 years in the making.
October 9, 2009, 6am PDT
Head-on train collisions can be avoided by simply keeping one train per track. There's a plan to make that happen, but it's years from implementation.
October 2, 2009, 9am PDT
As we learned in <em>The Big Sort</em>, America is sorting itself into enclaves of people with similar beliefs. In <em>Whitopia</em>, Rich Benjamin shows that the fastest growing areas are also the most white.
October 1, 2009, 10am PDT
Some recent studies show that the winds are slowing in the U.S., but others say it is speeding up. Regardless, variable winds could have a great impact on the wind power industry.
September 26, 2009, 1pm PDT
Used to pouring resources into building new homes, Habitat for Humanity sees opportunity in the vast number of vacancies caused by the mortgage crisis.
September 25, 2009, 11am PDT
Westward migration in the U.S. seems to be slowing, as jobs dry up overcrowding begins pushing people away.
September 4, 2009, 5am PDT
Water saver or environmental hazard? Questions are compounding about artificial turf as more homeowners ditch their grass for fake lawns. Contradicting city policies muddy the issue in the arid Southwest.
August 29, 2009, 1pm PDT
As wildfires rage in Southern California, some experts are calling for a revision of policies that encourage controlled burns to reduce fire risks.
August 27, 2009, 5am PDT
Farmers in the Monterey Bay area of California have been feeding their artichoke plants with recycled urban wastewater. And they've been doing it safely for years.
August 19, 2009, 10am PDT
The construction of a new airport and industrial district on Florida's panhandle characterizes the impact of the St. Joe Company, the state's biggest landowner and one in the midst of drastically changing the area's landscape.
July 31, 2009, 10am PDT
The state of California is looking to reduce its per-capita water usage 20% by 2020, a plan that's moving forward in the state legislature. The plan could mean drastic changes for many cities in the arid parts of the state.
July 1, 2009, 6am PDT
The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is called the nation's most contaminated place, with pits containing nuclear waste like plutonium. It's also a historic site in terms of America's dabblings with nuclear weaponry, and now it's open for tours.
June 25, 2009, 6am PDT
This profile from <em>Miller-McCune</em> looks at a Berkeley, California official who made use of a 100-year old funding mechanism to take the city solar.
May 21, 2009, 5am PDT
<em>Miller-McCune</em> talks with vertical farming innovator Dickson Despommier about why his idea is the future of food for cities and how it can go from blueprint to reality.
May 20, 2009, 6am PDT
White roofs have gained cachet as a solution to the urban heat island effect. But in places where there are more cold days than hot, a white roof that reflects warming sunlight might not make the best sense, according to this piece.
May 8, 2009, 8am PDT
Controlling fire has never been a strong suit for humans. Now, as climate change sets in, the need for better fire management is becoming dire, according to researchers.
April 8, 2009, 6am PDT
Painting roofs white could have a major impact on global carbon emissions, according to three scientists. But what may seem like a wacky idea has years of data to back it up.