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How Bike Friendly Cities Beat the Opposition and Became the New Normal How Bike Friendly Cities Beat the Opposition and Became the New Normal
by Jay Walljasper
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!) 3 Global Cities That Are Doing Bike Shares Right (And One’s in Texas!)
by Kristin Hugo
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 How Two Plant Geeks Grew a Permaculture Oasis in an Ordinary Backyard
by Abby Quillen
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 “World’s Greenest Office Building” Makes Net-Zero Look Easy
by Samantha Thomas
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 Big City Farmers Take to the Rooftops
by YES! online staff
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 A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think
by Jen Soriano
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 Empowered by the Past: Red State Co-ops Go Green
by Brooke Jarvis
A century ago, cooperatives electrified the poorest counties in the nation. Today, can they lead the way to a smarter, cleaner grid?
The Coming Climate Exodus: What We’re Doing to Help Wildlife’s New Migration The Coming Climate Exodus: What We’re Doing to Help Wildlife’s New Migration
by Peter Pearsall, Cecilia Garza
As climate change forces species to head for cooler climates, biologists are using new tools and partnerships to make sure we help—and don't hinder—their flight.
Green Housing: In Buffalo, It's Not Just for Rich People Anymore Green Housing: In Buffalo, It's Not Just for Rich People Anymore
by Mark Andrew Boyer
Can we build sustainable housing that's affordable, too? The city of Buffalo did, and created a community jobs pipeline in the process. Here's what can happen when neighborhoods take the lead.
People We Love: Asa Needle People We Love: Asa Needle
by Laura Beans
Leading teenagers in the clean-up of their hometown, Worcester, Mass.
Robot Dogs and Other Weird Creatures Bring Nature to the City Robot Dogs and Other Weird Creatures Bring Nature to the City
by Natalie Pompilio
How to create a world where people fly, salamanders text, and trash is useful.
Four Steps to Less Wasteful Communities Four Steps to Less Wasteful Communities
by Fran Korten
The individual actions we take to reduce waste are important. But to stem the avalanche of stuff, we also need system-wide solutions.
How I Survived Breaking Up with My Car How I Survived Breaking Up with My Car
by Erin L. McCoy
Erin McCoy tells the story of how she gave up driving, despite her love for cars, and examines the challenges facing drivers who don't live in cities.
Detroiters Question “World’s Largest Urban Farm” Detroiters Question “World’s Largest Urban Farm”
by James Trimarco
To many Detroit residents—and especially to its established urban gardeners—the approval of a large-scale urban farm raises serious questions about the future of food and land in the city.
How 5 New Orleans Communities Rebuilt Home in the Wake of Katrina How 5 New Orleans Communities Rebuilt Home in the Wake of Katrina
by Natalie Pompilio
Book review: Tom Wooten’s “We Shall Not Be Moved” follows leaders in five different post-hurricane neighborhoods, showing that New Orleanians are a unique breed, deeply loyal to their sometimes infuriating, often insane, and never imitated hometown.
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