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By Jennifer Miller, PhD / On July 14th, 2016

Heat or eat: that’s the stark choice faced by many low-income families during cold New York winters, according to Scott Oliver of PathStone, a non-profit group in upstate New York. But that could change. In...

By Pamela Boyce Simms / On July 12th, 2016

Optimism is alive in a new generation of environmentally aware and astute African American young people who “get it.” Over the past four years 40,000 pounds of trash has been removed from Washington DC’s Anacostia River by young, local African...

By Keith Kozloff / On July 7th, 2016

There are steps Washington could take, without waiting for a "grand bargain," that could make a big difference for our states and communities. Even in this famously gridlocked Congress, there are signs of progress on climate change. There's a new, aisle-...

By Alec Appelbaum / On June 30th, 2016

What makes a strong community? If you’ve read Jane Jacobs, an image immediately comes to mind: side-by-side row houses, corner stores, parks you can see across.

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By Danielle Hilton, Seandra Pope / On June 27th, 2016

Last year, the African-American author and commentator Charles D. Ellison asked, “Where’s the Black political conversation on climate change?”

By Robert I. McDonald / On June 23rd, 2016

Growth of modern cities requires embrace of nature.

By Alec Appelbaum / On June 16th, 2016

When I think about climate change, I like to look at a photo of my daughter and her two dear friends—not just because of their sweet smiles, but because the photo offers an important clue to how we can design cities to thrive in uncertain times.

By Denise Fairchild / On June 14th, 2016

The city exploded in flames. Lives were lost. Billions of dollars’ worth of property was destroyed. Businesses were shuttered forever.

By Matt Ryan / On June 9th, 2016

When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) unveiled his ambitious environmental agenda last week, he did not choose City Hall or the green meadows of Central Park as his backdrop. 

By Seandra Pope, Keya Chatterjee, Danielle Hilton / On June 7th, 2016

It’s no secret that the climate movement, despite some recent successes, has its problems. Spoken by mostly white voices, our messages are sometimes out of touch with the priorities of frontline communities: the ethnic minorities and low-income people...

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