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Moving beyond "smart growth" to a more holistic city agenda

Posted July 8, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably

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   I have spent most of the last twenty years working on an agenda grounded in, for lack of a better phrase, “smart growth.”  That agenda basically holds that our regions must replace suburban sprawl with more compact forms of...continued

Federal Budget Stunts like Blocking Enforcement of Light Bulb Standards Put U.S. Jobs at Risk

Posted July 7, 2014 by Elizabeth Noll in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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As the U.S. House begins debate over funding for the nation’s energy and water programs, it’s clear that the House Republican energy plan relies on political stunts and polluter- backed policy. The Republican-backed federal spending bill is set to become a...continued

Pesticides Behind Bee Collapse Should Be Banned

Posted July 7, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Living Sustainably

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Neonics are particularly insidious pesticides, designed to seep through a plant from roots to pollen. They turn the whole plant into poison for any insect that nibbles on it—even helpful pollinators like bees. But the agriculture industry finds neonics cost-effective,...continued

In honor of Independence Day, let's make our summer BBQs antibiotic-free!

Posted July 2, 2014 by Sasha Lyutse in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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It’s National Grilling Month!  Just in time for the 4th of July, when many of us will be gathering for backyard barbeques and a whole lot of grilling. Of all the things folks will be grilling this holiday weekend and...continued

Nasty: Another Chicago River Re-Reversal Highlights Need for Climate Action

Posted July 1, 2014 by Henry Henderson in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Last night massive violent storms rumbled through Chicago dumping billions of gallons of stormwater on the region. That water overwhelmed stormwater systems, which dumped the slurry of runoff, contaminated rainwater and sewage into the Chicago River and its associated...continued

Strong Federal Endorsement Could Spur First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm to Begin Construction This Year

Posted July 1, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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News out today from the federal Department of Energy suggests a promising future for U.S. offshore wind power. The agency announced it is backing the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts—long expected to be the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm—with...continued

Little Tokyo and Talbot Norfolk Triangle become leaders for urban sustainability

Posted July 1, 2014 by Samantha Wilt in Living Sustainably

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This is a guest post by my colleague Marissa Ramirez Updated  7/2/14: added resource links The Little Tokyo community of Los Angeles and the Talbot Norfolk Triangle neighborhood in Boston are joining other North American cities to lead a new...continued

Blue Whales, Collateral Damage, and the U.S. Navy's Avoidable War on Whales

Posted July 1, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today is the publication date for Joshua Horwitz’ War of the Whales, a true story brilliantly told about the U.S. Navy’s decades-long war on whales and other marine mammals by its reckless use of high intensity active sonar. The book...continued

Cool It: 8 Tips to Handle the Dog Days of Summer in a Warming Climate

Posted July 1, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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As much as I’m looking forward to the long July 4th weekend, there are some things about this season I don’t enjoy: the excessive heat, the smog, the bugs—and sometimes when you head to the beach to cool off, there’s...continued

Why Reliable Data Matters for Active Transportation

Posted July 1, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Bikes parked outside Union Station in Washington, D.C. The following is a guest post by Janie Nham: It is clear that active transportation modes like bicycling and walking have gained momentum in the past several years. Yet even as...continued

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