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The coolest urban trail you are likely to see

Posted April 10, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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  Something special is happening in Indianapolis, and it's transforming neighborhoods.  As I wrote in People Habitat, revitalization when done well is almost unparalleled in its ability to boost the “triple bottom line” of sustainability: a healthy environment, a healthy...continued

Fed Up with Our Dysfunctional Food System

Posted April 10, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Living Sustainably

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Americans consume more processed and packaged food than just about anyone else in the world. Processed foods, many of which contain added sugar, preservatives, and chemical additives, are hard-wired into our food system, and make up the majority of the...continued

The San Joaquin: One of America's most endangered rivers poised for a come-back

Posted April 10, 2014 by Monty Schmitt in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today, American Rivers released their 2014 list of the 10 most endangered rivers in the country.  The San Joaquin River sits at the very top of this list and unquestionably deserves this unfortunate distinction.  Diversion of over 70% of the...continued

To Maintain a "Competitive Advantage" on Water Supply, New York Must Step-Up Its Game on Water Conservation

Posted April 9, 2014 by Larry Levine in Living Sustainably

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Less than three years ago, when Governor Cuomo signed into law new state water conservation standards, he said: The preservation and protection of New York's water resources is vital to the state's residents, farmers and businesses.  This law will enhance...continued

Driving Into an Age of Increasing Oil Freedom

Posted April 9, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Photo by Nayu Kim, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons We are living in exciting times when it comes to the nation’s oil and energy dependence. You could call this era the age of increasing oil freedom. From the mid-1980s to...continued

Solar Schools: It's a Movement

Posted April 4, 2014 by Nathanael Greene in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The National Solar Schools Consortium launched yesterday at the opening of the widely-attended National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference. Still in its infancy, the goal of the Consortium is to act as a unified voice for the growing solar schools...continued

Good Clean Energy News From Albany

Posted April 4, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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This week, there’s good, clean-energy news from Albany. And though it seemed for a while that our state’s leadership on clean energy might be threatened, New York is back on track. Here’s the first piece of good news. In the...continued

LA City overwhelmingly supports adoption of Zero Waste plan for apartment and commercial buildings

Posted April 3, 2014 by Linda Escalante in Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably

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All change is local.  Earlier this week, the City Council of Los Angeles voted to transform the waste hauling system for apartment and commercial buildings and set the second largest city in the nation on a path towards achieving sustainability...continued

LA's Little Tokyo strengthens its identity by planning a "cultural eco-district" (written with Thomas Yee)

Posted April 3, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably

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  The Little Tokyo neighborhood in Los Angeles is one of the country’s most important Asian-American communities.  Comprising roughly five large city blocks, it has been maintained over the generations with ups and downs – including substantial depletion of population...continued

Measuring Suburban Sprawl

Posted April 2, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Growth is good. Or so we've always been taught. But what if growth is poorly managed, so that it creates serious problems too? In an urban context, that's what we call sprawl. Photo courtesy of USDA Solving sprawl requires alignment of rules...continued

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