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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
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
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
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
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
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
by Natalie Pompilio
How to create a world where people fly, salamanders text, and trash is useful.
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
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”
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
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.
7 Reasons Bikes Are for Everyone—Not Just “Cyclists”
by Christine Grant
Don’t let the spandex-clad iron men scare you off! Here are seven reasons why all types of people are biking to work—and why cities are encouraging them.
How Cities Can Get Drivers Biking
by Jay Walljasper
How can planners attract the 60 percent of Americans who say they would bike more if they felt more secure? The answer could be cheap and simple.
Carbon Neutrality: It’s Technically Possible
by Richard Conlin
The technology to achieve carbon neutrality exists, or could in the near future. What has to happen to put those capabilities in play?
How to Build a Bike Train
by Maya Jacobs
Forty years ago, almost half of American kids biked to school. A smart idea for getting kids pedaling again.