Cities and states are modeling what a Green New Deal could look like

Smaller-scale efforts show local governments are prepared to act on climate change. CREDIT: DIANA OFOSU Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have spent the past two months engaged in a war of words over the Green New Deal resolution. Many argue its ambitious goals aren’t feasible within the short timeframe it lays out. Others say there’s simply … Continue reading “Cities and states are modeling what a Green New Deal could look like”

Climate emergency demands less traffic, more walkable cities

Wikimedia Commons photo of Paris street The climate emergency exploded onto the headlines in 2018, with a relentless series of disasters leading up to the UN COP 24 climate conference in December. But the people cutting climate pollution by creating delightful urban spaces on an unprecedented scale should be headline news in 2019. I experienced … Continue reading “Climate emergency demands less traffic, more walkable cities”

Copenhagen Wants to Show How Cities Can Fight Climate Change

The beginning of a ski run on the roof of Copenhagen’s new trash incinerator, which will help heat buildings in the city. Photograph by Charlotte de la Fuente COPENHAGEN — Can a city cancel out its greenhouse gas emissions? Copenhagen intends to, and fast. By 2025, this once-grimy industrial city aims to be net carbon neutral, meaning … Continue reading “Copenhagen Wants to Show How Cities Can Fight Climate Change”

Canadian cities ‘missing the bus’ on electric transit, report finds

Clean Energy Canada wants to see the federal and provincial governments earmark funding specifically for electric vehicles to help offset the higher upfront costs of electric buses.  (JENNIFER GAUTHIER / STAR FILE) VANCOUVER—Canadian cities are lagging global leaders when it comes to electric buses, according to a new report by Clean Energy Canada released Thursday. Shenzhen, China is … Continue reading “Canadian cities ‘missing the bus’ on electric transit, report finds”

‘Moment of reckoning:’ U.S. cities burn recyclables after China bans imports

The conscientious citizens of Philadelphia continue to put their pizza boxes, plastic bottles, yogurt containers, and other items into recycling bins. But in the past three months, half of these recyclables have been loaded onto trucks, taken to a hulking incineration facility, and burned, according to the city’s government. It’s a situation being replicated across … Continue reading “‘Moment of reckoning:’ U.S. cities burn recyclables after China bans imports”

How Removing Asphalt Is Softening Our Cities

Greening alleys reclaims public space, reconnects urban dwellers to one another, and invites nature deep into cities. Portland alley advocates estimate there are 76 miles of alleys in their city—all potential green public spaces. This northeast Portland neighborhood is one of many projects reclaiming forgotten concrete pathways for nature and people. Photo by Derek Dauphin … Continue reading “How Removing Asphalt Is Softening Our Cities”

Cities need to start making their own food

If we could shift food production to a more hyperlocal, circular system, both our planet and ourselves would be better off. [Source Images: mawais/Blendswap (city), gg/Blendswap (crops)] Even if you are someone who tries to eat healthy–buys only organic produce, and consumes only ethically raised meats–our food system is probably still jeopardizing your well-being. The way we … Continue reading “Cities need to start making their own food”


Las Vegas is expanding its self-driving shuttle experiment Cities across the US are rethinking their policies on homebuilding and transportation. Minneapolis lifted a longstanding, exclusionary ban on multifamily housing. San Francisco joined a few other cities in ending requirements that new developments have a minimum number of parking spaces. Policymakers from big cities in Oregon and California … Continue reading “CITIES ARE TUCKING CLIMATE CHANGE FIXES”

100+ Cities Commit to Clean with 100% Renewable Energy

We have some very good news to share. Just a few days ago, a huge milestone in our collective journey to 100% renewable energy was reached when Cincinnati, Ohio became the 100th city to pledge a switch to 100% renewable electricity by 2035. With your help, we’ve seen cities across the country make the pledge, from Denton, … Continue reading “100+ Cities Commit to Clean with 100% Renewable Energy”

U.S. cities committed to running on 100% renewable power can be models for a national plan

With a new, scary study appearing at what seems like once a week, good news on the climate front is always welcome. And in at least one climate-related way, the news in 2018 has been very good. From Abita Springs, Louisiana, population 2,365, to San Diego, California, population 1.3 million, U.S. cities are joining others around the world in pledging to … Continue reading “U.S. cities committed to running on 100% renewable power can be models for a national plan”