Tag: Sustainability

Sprawl’s share of US housing starts has declined dramatically, says EPA

A new report from the US Environmental Protection Agency documents a dramatic shift in the pattern of new development in the nation over the...

Who’s Going to Report the News?

Rooflines has been watching a disturbing decline in the newspaper industry as print media is falling victim to fewer subscribers, falling numbers in advertising,...

The Mystery of a Mere Idea

Compelling ideas are all you need to start a revolution. That could be one lesson to take from the experience of Van Jones, the...

Where We Live Affects How Much We Drive and What We...

The Urban Land Institute has produced a remarkable report that examines in depth how where we live affects how much we drive, and consequently...

Transforming the market for development location

One of the most popular tags on the blogging site of my organization, NRDC, is “market transformation.” I’m a believer. Not everything...

Visions for Transforming America

President-elect Obama will take office next week vowing to fight climate change, tackle oil dependency and revive the U.S. economy. NRDC believes that...

The Felt Factor

With all this talk of sustainable communities, how come we tend to exclude, at least in conversation, the very thing that can educate community...

New President, “New Deal”: New Plan?

With the scramble for Pennsylvania’s natural gas reserves growing in its news coverage, we are reminded that one reason the Rust Belt was industrialized...

Hope…of Curbing Climate Change

When the Environmental Law and Policy Center was founded in Chicago 15 years ago, cell phones that could get clear reception or send images...

Sorting Through What Sustainability Means

It’s interesting how language shifts slightly over time to reflect new ways of thinking. I recall a few years ago reading that some people...

Bagging the Big Apple

In Amsterdam, at a Super de Boer, imagine my surprise when I had to pay for a grocery bag because I didn’t bring my...

Get Your Bike On

Last night, on Halloween, I saw a hundred bicyclists take command of the street. Wearing all manner of clever costume, they rode confidently in...

Trash: Pick It Up

Though questions about how we’re going to buy stuff in post-credit America may dominate the news, some interesting stories about what we’re going to...

Smart, Sustainable Development Can Aid Economic Recovery

Whatever Wall Street does next, we’re going to have to find more efficiencies in our economy. Consumers are going to have less to...

Portland Shrinks Carbon Footprint with Revitalization, Walkability

Portland, Oregon has become such a recognized model of progressive planning and development that people like me are actually discouraged from talking about the...

Journey to Work: What About Bikes?

In a fascinating post over at Next American City, Dave Steele observes a big divide among bike commuters: the affluent, geared-up, environmentalist, health-conscious cyclists...

Native Alaskans See Walrus Harvest Disappear with Sea Ice

Hunting walrus is an age-old tradition, part of the rhythm of life, for the native people of King Island, a tiny rugged island in...

Dirty Coal Takes Communities’ Breath Away

The brick smokestack towers above Chicago’s mostly Latino Pilsen neighborhood burns coal to provide electricity for much of the city while puffing out plumes...

The Mess In Texas (Houston: We Have a Recycling Problem)

The New York Times reports that of the nation’s 30 largest cities, Houston, the fourth largest city behind New York City, Los Angeles, and...

Going Green

The last week of June turned out to be Sustainable Development Week unofficially in Chicago as a convergence of events spread the word on...