Category Archives: Sustainability

Sustainability on Display

Is this the world’s greenest neighborhood? Kaid Benfield, Director of Sustainable Communities for the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), posed that question in an article for The Atlantic magazine in which he detailed his visit to Dockside Green.  The 15-acre community nestled in Victoria, British Columbia … Continue reading

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Is the EPA talking the talk, but not walking the walk?  In what may be viewed as an ironic twist, the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to move its Region 7 headquarters from its current location in downtown Kansas City, Kansas  to the suburbs, … Continue reading

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Is Sustainability a Scam?

“Sustainability” isn’t sustainable, so says William Anderson, Associate Professor of Economics.  Anderson, who teaches at Frostburg State University in Western Maryland says sustainability is just another term for environmentalism.  He argues that our lives have been inundated with rhetoric that preaches … Continue reading

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Bon Voyage!

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation – Maritime Administration Goods movement is about the transportation of cargo via air, sea, rail, and road.  Yet, it’s easy to forget how essential the maritime industry piece is to the overall economy and flow of … Continue reading

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An Urban Planning Tug-of-War

For the past 30 years a movement called New Urbanism has dominated the urban planning and development world.  Yet, this darling of many planning aficionados has been challenged in the past few years by the up-and-coming (relatively speaking, it’s been around … Continue reading

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Mega-Burden

The world’s population is exploding. By 2040, two in three people will live in cities, and the world’s urban population will grow from 3.5 billion to 5.6 billion. The number of “megacities” – urban areas with more than 10 million … Continue reading

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At Odds Over Livability

Photo: Project for Public Spaces Livability is all the rage these days.  The US Department of Transportation, under the leadership of Secretary Ray LaHood, is pushing for greener, cleaner, more sustainable communities.  According to LaHood, livability means being able to take your … Continue reading

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