Cities, Towns, Transport
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In Rural Kansas, an Experiment Makes Hitchhiking Safe Again
by Jennifer O'Brienposted Apr 22, 2014
- The people behind the project borrowed some tricks from ride-sharing apps like Lyft, but tweaked the details so the rides are free.
Seattle Council to Governor: Protect this City (And the Climate) from Oil Trains
by Molly Ruskposted Mar 11, 2014
- Beyond the dangers of derailment and explosions, Seattleites are worried about oil-by-rail shipping's effect on the climate. Here's what they did about it.
Boulder Votes to Break With Xcel and Start Its Own Power Utility
by Bob Massieposted Dec 09, 2013
- Why moving utilities from corporate to public control puts energy, dollars, and decisions into the hands of local communities.
Adapting to Climate Change: It's Not About Giving Up, It's About Getting Real
by Madeline Ostranderposted Nov 01, 2013
- Conversations about how we're going to get through the coming transformation force us to see the full scale of the problem.
Will Trains Bring 48M Tons of Coal a Year Through Seattle? Not If the Locals Can Stop It
by Floyd McKayposted Aug 20, 2013
- A plan to bring coal from Wyoming to the Pacific Northwest coast and ship it to Asia will test the mettle of the region's environmentalists.
“We’re Not Going Anywhere”: Sandy-Struck Neighborhoods Rebuild for Resilience
by YES! online staffposted Jul 24, 2013
- Climate change has turned up the volume, making “superstorms” like Sandy more likely. In this documentary, Clodagh McGowan introduces you to coastal homeowners who are rebuilding their houses to withstand the next big one.
Security Checks, Duty-Free Shops, and...Beehives?
by Kristin Hugoposted Jul 01, 2013
- Beekeepers are using empty public land around Seattle-Tacoma Airport to breed and distribute healthier strains of honeybees.
Making Hurricane Preparedness Fun...and Delicious
by Chuck Collinsposted Jun 19, 2013
- The Jamaica Plain New Economy transition town has found that pie parties are a good way to get more people interested in disaster preparedness.
How Bike Friendly Cities Beat the Opposition and Became the New Normal
by Jay Walljasperposted Jun 13, 2013
- Now that all the debate about whether bike lanes are OK seems to be (mostly) over, cities around the country are enjoying their benefits.
3 Global Cities That Are Doing Bike Shares Right (And One’s in Texas!)
by Kristin Hugoposted Jun 04, 2013
- From China to San Antonio, cities are using rental bike programs to create healthier commutes. Here are a few insights from some of the world’s best programs.
How Two Plant Geeks Grew a Permaculture Oasis in an Ordinary Backyard
by Abby Quillenposted May 30, 2013
- In “Paradise Lot,” two residents of an inner city write about how they transformed less than an acre of their blighted yard into a thriving food forest full of mushrooms, gooseberries, silkworms, and more.
“World’s Greenest Office Building” Makes Net-Zero Look Easy
by Samantha Thomasposted Apr 22, 2013
- It’s a commercial office space equipped with composting toilets, rainwater showers, and a stairway designed to be so beautiful that no one ever takes the elevator.
Big City Farmers Take to the Rooftops
by YES! online staffposted Apr 18, 2013
- Space is expensive in Brooklyn, so Gotham Greens built their urban farm on a rooftop.
A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think
by Jen Sorianoposted Apr 17, 2013
- Two recipients of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize are working to abolish the practice of sending trash to landfills and incinerators. And the idea is catching on.
Empowered by the Past: Red State Co-ops Go Green
by Brooke Jarvisposted Apr 03, 2013
- A century ago, cooperatives electrified the poorest counties in the nation. Today, can they lead the way to a smarter, cleaner grid?