August 8, 2013
by Brian Siu
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Reconciling Sustainability, Resource Conflict and Biofuels: EPA Holds the Key

Brian Siu, Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C.
The RFS has driven substantial investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels that would not have happened without national policy. These technologies are important because they provide new ec… Continue reading

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June 18, 2012
by Pierre Bull
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New York Solar Reaches a Critical Juncture

Pierre Bull, Policy Analyst, Air & Energy, New York City
The time is now to put New York on the path to a cleaner energy future.  A clear ‘supermajority’ – 8 out of 10 New Yorkers – strongly support the grow… Continue reading

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May 30, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Detroit’s prospects may be better than we think

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
As almost everyone knows, Detroit is a city with some serious problems.  But, as I have written before, it’s more complicated than some pundits allow:&nb… Continue reading

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October 19, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Is ‘gentrification’ always bad for revitalizing neighborhoods?

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
I undertake today’s topic with more than a little trepidation, since it is by its nature emotionally and, not infrequently, racially charged.  The title… Continue reading

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August 18, 2011
by Ed Osann
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Yet Another Wake Up Call for the Colorado Basin States

Ed Osann, Senior Policy Analyst, Santa Monica How many alarms can you sleep through?  Two or three, maybe?  How about ten years’ worth, or twenty, or thirty?  Over the last several decades, the weight of evidence has steadily grown… Continue reading

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July 12, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The importance of place to sustainability

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC  
I find that I am almost always thinking about the quality of places.  Hanging out with the likes of David Dixon, Victor Dover, and Steve Mouzon will do that to… Continue reading

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January 18, 2011
by Richard Schrader
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Albany Wrap-Up 2010: the Good, Bad & In-Between

As we head into the new year – with a new governor and a chance to get the state’s budget back on track – I’ve been reflecting on the past year in Albany: the good, the bad and the somewhere in between. After all, the best resol… Continue reading

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December 2, 2010
by Kaid Benfield
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EPA announces smart growth award winners: urban, rural & regional planning, plazas, green buildings, & more

On December 1 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored five projects with the 2010 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for their comprehensive approach to improving quality of life. “The projects make cities safer and more p… Continue reading

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September 6, 2010
by Deron Lovaas
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Starting Down the Road to a Healthier Economy

Marking Labor Day at a time of stubbornly high unemployment, the President pivoted to a proven means of boosting the economy: Building infrastructure. This is key not just to generating short-term economic activity and jobs, but if designed well can pu… Continue reading

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