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    Why City Trees Are Needed More Than Ever

    Why City Trees Are Needed More Than Ever

    By Charli Shield Not too long ago, many people weren’t sure if trees had a place in cities. People, cars, houses and buildings made up urban areas — there wasn’t much room for nature. Trees now have a fundamental place in many big cities around the world, says Sonja Dümpelmann, landscape historian at the University […]

    Now Is the Perfect Time to Rethink Green Transportation

    Now Is the Perfect Time to Rethink Green Transportation

    By Kevin J. Krizek Sticking closer to home because of COVID-19 has shown many people what cities can be like with less traffic, noise, congestion and pollution. Roads and parking lots devoted to cars take up a lot of land. For example, in Phoenix, Los Angeles and New York City these spaces account for over […]

    Public Parks Matter More Than Ever During a Pandemic

    Public Parks Matter More Than Ever During a Pandemic

    By Richard leBrasseur The COVID-19 pandemic has altered humans’ relationship with natural landscapes in ways that may be long-lasting. One of its most direct effects on people’s daily lives is reduced access to public parks. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines urging Americans to stay at home whenever feasible, and […]

    Chicago Commits to 100% Renewable Energy By 2040

    Chicago Commits to 100% Renewable Energy By 2040

    By Andrea Germanos Chicago made history on Wednesday by becoming the largest U.S. city to commit to 100 percent renewable energy before the middle of the century. It is, in the summation of Kyra Woods, Chicago organizer with the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Action Campaign, “a monumental achievement.” Chicago Becomes the Largest City in […]

    Why U.S. Cities Are Becoming More Dangerous for Cyclists and Pedestrians

    Why U.S. Cities Are Becoming More Dangerous for Cyclists and Pedestrians

    By John Rennie Short As cities strive to improve the quality of life for their residents, many are working to promote walking and biking. Such policies make sense, since they can, in the long run, lead to less traffic, cleaner air and healthier people. But the results aren’t all positive, especially in the short to […]

    Cities: Where the Wild Things Are

    Cities: Where the Wild Things Are

    By Jeff Turrentine I used to live in a hilly, temperate corner of the American west, right near the banks of a meandering river. On late-evening walks with my two dogs, I would routinely encounter all manner of economy-size mammalian wildlife: skunks, raccoons, opossums, coyotes. Sightings of a mountain lion in the area had occurred […]

    Sustainable Cities Need More Than Parks, Cafes and a Riverwalk

    Sustainable Cities Need More Than Parks, Cafes and a Riverwalk

    By Trina Hamilton and Winifred Curran There are many indexes that aim to rank how green cities are. But what does it actually mean for a city to be green or sustainable? We’ve written about what we call the “parks, cafes and a riverwalk” model of sustainability, which focuses on providing new green spaces, mainly […]