March 18, 2014
by John Romano
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NRDC presents a “New Architecture for a New Global Partnership” for action on global Sustainable Development Goals

John Romano, Global Policy Fellow, New York City
The year 2015 will be a critical one for both our planet and its people; a year in which the global community is set to agree upon a new climate change agreement and a new set of global S… Continue reading

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February 24, 2014
by Robert Friedman
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Getting Young People to the Table To Create a More Just Future

Robert Friedman, Youth Engagement Coordinator, New York City
Ailing infrastructure, rising sea levels, a changing climate. Sounds pretty bleak, right? We spend so much time thinking of the future as being full of doom and gloom that it&… Continue reading

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September 26, 2013
by Robert Friedman
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Time For A Power Shift!

Robert Friedman, Youth Engagement Coordinator, New York City
What does it take to get over 10,000 young people from all across the country together in one place around one cause? No, not Miley Cyrus twerking. Building a movement to make… Continue reading

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July 17, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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Nurturing and strengthening the urban commons: some beginning principles (Part 2 of 2)

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
As I wrote last fall, to move more deliberately toward anything resembling a sustainable future, we need to use land more efficiently, building more compactly… Continue reading

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June 25, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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Urbanism without effort: sometimes the best places are created instinctively

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
In Urbanism Without Effort: Reconnecting with First Principles of the City my friend Chuck Wolfe posits that today’s city planners “underemphasize impo… Continue reading

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June 6, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Mongolia hosts World Environment Day to highlight sustainable future

I was fortunate enough to attend the official start of World Environment Day in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Here’s why their vision for a sustainable future is so important. Continue reading

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April 1, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Environmentalists rejoice as Agenda 21 is implemented across North America!

A green, sustainable future awaits us all as the United Nations proposal for sustainable development becomes the law of the land. Continue reading

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February 4, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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Are Main Streets a thing of the past? Is that OK?

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
As someone whose job is to promote sustainability in our communities, I sometimes think the traditional American Main Street is a terrific model worth preserving a… Continue reading

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November 26, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Mitigating the environmental paradox of smart growth: softening urban density

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
To move more deliberately toward anything resembling a sustainable future, we need to use land more efficiently, building more compactly, with significantly higher… Continue reading

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June 26, 2012
by Sharon Buccino
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Are You Here to Save Face or to Save Us?

Sharon Buccino, Director, Land Program, Washington, DC
I got a new phone over the weekend.  My 13 year old daughter said, “Mom, that’s great!  Now you can text me.”  I welcome the chance for a new way to… Continue reading

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June 18, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Poll shows that Americans like planning, after all. But the details are messy.

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
If you’re reading this blog, you may know that the American Planning Association last week released the findings of a major public opinion poll showing that … Continue reading

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June 1, 2012
by Sarah Chasis
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Making it Count: National Oceans Month and Rio+20

Sarah Chasis, Senior Attorney and Director, Ocean Initiative, New York

Actions speak louder than words: hundreds join to show their support for the oceans. Show your support by asking President Obama to represent our oceans&rs… Continue reading

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April 19, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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A friend’s manifesto for free-market sustainability

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
As many readers have probably noticed, there are those who now contend that planning walkable, green communities is a big-government sponsored, gross violation of … Continue reading

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April 14, 2012
by Reduce
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Healthcare Industry Meets to Reduce Waste

On April 3, 11 of the world’s leading healthcare systems convened in Washington D.C. to discuss medical waste – a problem that produces four billion pounds of waste each year. As an industry, medicine trails just behind food in total waste generated. The Healthier Hospitals Initiative seeks to reduce the industry’s impact on the planet [...] Continue reading

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April 12, 2012
by Jacob Scherr
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Reflections on the Race to Rio: Ten weeks before the next Earth Summit

Jacob Scherr, Director, Global Strategy & Advocacy, Washington, DC
After participating in Rio+20 preparatory meetings last month at the United Nations, it appears that governments will spend thousands of hours this spring arguing over a… Continue reading

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March 30, 2012
by Jacob Scherr
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From "Earth Hour" to "Earth Summit": Can we do more than just celebrate this Spring?

Jacob Scherr, Director, Global Strategy & Advocacy, Washington, DC
This Saturday March 31st, millions of people around the world will observe “Earth Hour” at 8:30 p.m.   As you’ll see in the awesome vide… Continue reading

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March 7, 2012
by Sustainability
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Schwarzenegger, UN leaders unveil virtual platform Sustainia

The vision for a sustainable future is being brought to the public via a virtual world showcasing existing technology, innovations and best practices that can deliver the world of tomorrow today.
 

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February 14, 2012
by Adrian Martinez
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Cleaning up the garbage of LA’s dirty waste hauling practices

Adrian Martinez, Staff Attorney, Environmental Justice, Santa Monica, California
Yesterday, during a marathon hearing that went past 5:30pm, the Los Angeles Board of Public Works took a huge step to a more sustainable future.  You … Continue reading

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December 9, 2011
by Dylan Sullivan
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Clean Energy Rust Busting Road Trip Part 3: Cincinnati and Columbus

Dylan Sullivan, Energy Advocate, Chicago
This is a special guest post from 2011 MAP fellow Lauren Kubiak. She, Rocky Kistner and I recently returned from a road trip in Ohio visiting and profiling businesses with a stake in the clean ec… Continue reading

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December 2, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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National models of inclusive revitalization, smart planning, green building honored by EPA

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
One of the country’s very best, grassroots-led revitalizing neighborhoods and one of our most articulate city plans for a more sustainable future are among t… Continue reading

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