January 22, 2013
by Amanda Eaken
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New report details shifting housing demand in California’s Central Valley communities

Amanda Eaken, Deputy Director, Sustainable Communities, San Francisco
If population trends in California hold true, more than 6.5 million people will call the Central Valley home by 2050. That is a 72% increase from today’s popula… Continue reading

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October 22, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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A look at "seven keys to stronger community"

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
I am fortunate to have befriended, one way or another, some people who are very good at the business of thinking about, designing, and building good communities.&n… Continue reading

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July 24, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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London’s showcase of sustainable living

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
About eight miles or so south of London’s storied Mall, where the Olympic cycling road race will begin and end (look for Mark Cavendish to win), and a little… Continue reading

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May 31, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Does a sustainable community need a good drinking establishment?

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
My friend Eliot Allen first introduced me to the concept of neighborhood completeness:  that the quality of a place is defined in part by how many different f… Continue reading

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April 13, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Data summaries show walkable communities are good for our health, and for business, too

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
About a year ago, NRDC’s executive director, Peter Lehner, asked me what one word, if I had to choose, would most closely describe a smart, sustainable commu… Continue reading

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February 16, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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HUD launches Sustainable Communities Resource Center

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
  
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has created an important online resource for professionals and citizens interested in improving Americ… Continue reading

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January 30, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Blog post number 1000: A gallery of walkability

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
  Hackescher Markt, Berlin
I’m not sure there is any one word that describes my concept of a sustainable community place more than walkability.  At… Continue reading

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January 12, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Eight components of a "healing city"

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
As director of NRDC’s sustainable communities work, I spend a lot of time defining (and refining) our goals:  what is a sustainable community?  We … Continue reading

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November 29, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Rebuilding an affordable, sustainable community in Galveston

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Three years ago, Hurricane Ike wiped out much of Galveston, Texas, including over 500 affordable homes administered by the city’s Housing Authority.  Fa… Continue reading

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September 22, 2011
by Morgan Wyenn
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LA’s Transportation Agency Adopts Another Great Environmental Policy, Implementing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Morgan Wyenn, Project Attorney, Santa Monica
This morning the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) adopted a Renewable Energy Policy; they are now officially on a roll adopting strong environmental policies.  L… Continue reading

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March 17, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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A sustainable community in County Galway

 
If there are landscapes on earth more beautiful than Ireland’s County Galway, there aren’t many.  From arty, bustling Galway City one heads west into the Connemara country, where windswept mountains, meadows, farms, villages an… Continue reading

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March 9, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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A trip to Sustainaville

 
One thing that I have learned in six months in my new position as director of sustainable communities at NRDC is even a lot of environmentalists don’t quite know what to make of the phrase.  For some of us in the field the principles… Continue reading

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March 3, 2011
by Reduce
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Goodwill Stores Don’t Want It, Now What?

Goodwill items that have been on the shelves for weeks still have a shot at resale. Goodwill Outlet Stores are the second step in the Goodwill process, where items not sold in a timely manner are sent to try and be sold again. “We started Goodwill outlets as a way to continue our mission of [...] Continue reading

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March 3, 2011
by Reduce
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Goodwill Stores Don’t Want It, Now What?

Goodwill items that have been on the shelves for weeks still have a shot at resale. Goodwill Outlet Stores are the second step in the Goodwill process, where items not sold in a timely manner are sent to try and be sold again. “We started Goodwill outlets as a way to continue our mission of [...] Continue reading

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October 22, 2010
by Kaid Benfield
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A very impressive two weeks for the federal sustainability partnership

In a breathtaking series of press conferences and releases along with publication of a new report, the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities – which is led by EPA, HUD, and the Department of Transportation – has announced an im… Continue reading

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September 7, 2010
by Kaid Benfield
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What is a ‘sustainable community,’ and what does the answer have to do with us?

 
Today I begin a new job, as leader of NRDC’s new sustainable communities initiative.  It’s really more an evolution of my old job, since for a decade and a half I have already been all about advocating a positive vision for env… Continue reading

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