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By Sadhu Aufochs Johnston / On November 20th, 2019

As Vancouver and other cities invent and implement ways to decarbonize their systems and strengthen resilience to climate change, we are reinventing the basic model for urban development that has prevailed since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

Solar panels. Photo by Angie Warren/Unsplash

By Meena Morar / On November 18th, 2019

A look at how building owners and other stakeholders are adapting to DC’s ambitious new clean energy law.

Atlantic City. Photo by Tim Trad/Unsplash

By Christina Jackson / On November 15th, 2019

Atlantic City offers a vivid example of a city affected by past racial and class segregation. But it can also show us how to heal cities that have high poverty rates and resilient communities of color.

Getty Fire incident. Photo by Eric French/Flickr

By Kim Evon, Linda Rudolph / On November 13th, 2019

Recent fires and evacuations are yet another reminder that Californians must find ways to adapt to the new normal of climate change to ensure the safety of our most vulnerable communities.

Waves. Photo by Shifaaz Shamoon/Unsplash

By Jeffrey Peterson / On November 11th, 2019

The challenges of protecting the coast from more severe storms and rising seas are intimidating but not insurmountable. Prompt action now will save money and lives.

Basket of vegetables. Image by Markus Spiske/Unsplash

By Meena Morar / On November 8th, 2019

In the District of Columbia, communities have been addressing disparities in food access and health outcomes. Now, they’re continuing the fight with a campaign called #DontMuteMyHealth.

A flower in asphalt

By Laurie Mazur / On November 7th, 2019

You probably don’t think of procurement —the steps governments take to obtain goods and services— as a way to create the resilient cities of the future. Think again.

By Daniel Reich / On November 5th, 2019

What has the EPA done to head off climate disaster and fulfill its mission “to protect human health and the environment”? The stark answer is: not nearly enough.

A person writing notes with a pen

By Erica Sánchez Vázquez / On November 1st, 2019

During National Authors Day, we hear from editors on their experiences working with authors.

Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

By Jeffrey Peterson / On October 30th, 2019

Hurricane Sandy was a traumatic experience that millions of Americans consider best forgotten. But as the pain of loss and hardship fades, so can the sense of urgency for rethinking our relationship to the coast.