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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

February 12, 2017
Changing the Narrative on Pollution and Economic Development
Salt Lake Tribune

I can’t disagree with concerns about our air quality and its effect on business recruitment, but it’s time to change this narrative and highlight how Utah companies are helping to improve our air and grow our economy.

February 9, 2017
Making Amsterdam “Rainproof”
Urban Land Institute

The Dutch population is used to creative solutions when it comes to water. Yet, even Amsterdam’s fairly modern sewage system and the ubiquitous canals and rivers would likely not be able to withstand the intense rainfall of recent years.

February 8, 2017
Winnipeg Reviewing GHG Emissions
Winnipeg Sun

A climate change working group found Winnipeg won’t meet its previous GHG reduction goals, which included a 40% reduction of greenhouse gasses from city operations, and the city never actually had a plan to reach a community-wide target to cut emissions by 6% below 1998 levels.

February 7, 2017
End of the Road for Diesel Cars?
The Hill

Diesel cars rose to prominence in Europe because they use less fuel than gasoline ones, and thus emit less planet-warming carbon dioxide. But diesels produce more pollutants that directly harm human health: nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.

Sustainability as Penance
Let's Go L.A.

There’s a weird vibe about arguments on sustainability sometimes, where it feels like it’s more about impugning the morality of the behavior in question rather than about some technical definition of sustainability.

Time to Revisit Modular Housing

Joel Kotkin is not a favorite here; he doesn’t think much of new urbanism and is quite the fan of suburbia. But it is hard to argue with the initial premise of his article in the Daily Beast, where he claims that housing costs are turning American millennials into serfs.

New Haven’s First Zero-Energy Home Purchased
New Haven Register

A former New Haven couple and their three children are among the town’s newest residents, and they won’t have to worry about large utility bills in their new home.

How 15 Minutes in Nature Can Make You Happier
Time Magazine

We are hurting ourselves by not prioritizing our deep human connection to the natural world. We’ve lost sight of how natural spaces — even citified versions of them — can help us feel psychologically restored.

Nashville’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rising
The Tennessean

Despite efforts to reduce Nashville’s greenhouse gas emissions in recent years, levels remain largely flat, and the city’s rising traffic congestion and waste are main reasons why.

Harnessing the Power of Nature to Improve Our Cities
The Dirt

People feel happier, healthier, and more social when they engage with nature. Their cognitive abilities go up and stress levels go down. So why is nature so often thought to be found only “out there” in the wilderness, or perhaps suburbia?

February 6, 2017
Less Food Waste, More Resilient Cities

New research from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) begins to integrate what are frequently treated as two separate policy initiatives: food waste and resilience planning.

February 5, 2017
St. Louis’s Plan to Track Energy Use in Commercial Buildings
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

St. Louis’ most energy-intensive buildings will soon have help identifying opportunities for savings after the Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a bill this week that establishes an energy monitoring, or “benchmarking,” requirement for certain commercial properties.

How The EPA Helps Our Communities Fulfill a Basic Need
The Hill

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, with the public fixated on President Trump’s transition into office, the Environmental Protection Agency launched an important new finance program designed to stimulate investment in water infrastructure projects.

Clean Water for Everyone Who Lives in a City
The Dirt

Water Infrastructure: Equitable Deployment of Resilient Systems is an important, timely book, explaining how to better provide clean water to everyone in the world’s cities by making water systems more equitable and resilient to shocks.

Massachusetts Moves to Limit Pollution From Transportation
Union of Concerned Scientists

The state of Massachusetts has been an important leader in the fight to protect our climate from global warming. But there’s one area where Massachusetts continues to struggle: controlling pollution from transportation.


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