San Francisco Bans Sale of Plastic Water Bottles on Public Property
by Molly RuskJun 13, 2014
- The ban is set to go into effect in October 2014, and will be the first of its kind in the nation.
Meet the Tenacious Gardeners Putting Down Roots in “America’s Most Desperate Town”
by Kristin MoeJun 09, 2014
- They're not always optimistic about the future of Camden, N.J. But they're committed to it anyway, and they've created one of the nation's fastest growing networks of urban farms.
This Omaha Bike Shop Is Training a New Generation of Cyclists
May 12, 2014
- "Pretty soon they're using it to travel downtown and expand their understanding of the community they live in."
In Rural Kansas, an Experiment Makes Hitchhiking Safe Again
by Jennifer O'BrienApr 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 RuskMar 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 MassieDec 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 OstranderNov 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 McKayAug 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 staffJul 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 HugoJul 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 CollinsJun 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 WalljasperJun 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 HugoJun 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 QuillenMay 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 ThomasApr 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.