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Sustainable Communities

By making our neighborhoods, cities and metro regions stronger, more livable and more efficient, we can save money, protect the environment and improve our quality of life. For decades we have allowed our older communities to deteriorate while allowing newer ones to gobble up the landscape with suburban sprawl.  The choices we make for our own habitat have enormous impacts on our well-being, economy and natural environment.

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Using Big Data to Help Solve the Big Building Energy Problem

Posted February 5, 2016 by Shelley Poticha

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Big Data isn't just an impressive show of new technology, it's a way to solve problems. In fact, quantitative analysis in the digital age - done in a scientific way to build objective evidence - has been called the best...continued

The Story of the Little Tokyo that Could...and Will

Posted January 26, 2016 by Shelley Poticha

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By Shelley Poticha and Dean Matsubayashi Diversity in Los Angeles is a core value. The city has residents from more than 140 countries who speak 86 languages. It's full of diverse ethnic enclaves, including the neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, Chinatown,...continued

Beyond Talking Points and Platitudes at the Paris Climate Conference

Posted November 23, 2015 by Shelley Poticha

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As you can imagine, environmental professionals have been hurriedly preparing for what insiders call COP21 and what just about everyone in the environmental world now just refers to as "Paris." Of course, "Paris" now has new meaning as a shorthand...continued

NRDC Urban Solutions to Lead First Climate Analysis of Uber and Lyft

Posted November 13, 2015 by Amanda Eaken

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I am excited to announce that NRDC Urban Solutions will be partnering with Professor Susan Shaheen and her colleagues at UC Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) on the first-ever climate impacts analysis of the ridesourcing/transportation network companies (TNCs), Uber...continued

Houston, Atlanta, Seattle, Denver, Washington, Salt Lake..., We Have a Problem

Posted October 30, 2015 by Shelley Poticha

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Mobility and access are two buzzwords in the transportation world right now, and they sound pretty good - like cool pathways to new and exciting ways of living and getting around in our thriving and bustling cities. But, folks, we...continued

Audio: Have We Not Learned Anything from Superstorm Sandy?

Posted October 29, 2015 by Shelley Poticha

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The anniversaries keep rolling around - Katrina, and now Sandy. In the meantime, megastorm Patricia in Mexico and Hurricane Joaquin - with its accompanying 1,000-year floods in South Carolina -- reminded us that another apocalyptic storm could devastate American communities...continued

A Letter from the Future on Climate Change

Posted October 6, 2015 by Shelley Poticha

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This blog post is a response to the Dear 2015 Group Blogging Event prompt from Meeting of the Minds, the global knowledge sharing platform: The year is 2050. Write a letter to the people of 2015 describing what your city...continued

Fighting Poverty, Segregation is Part of Urban Resilience

Posted September 30, 2015 by Shelley Poticha

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Sometimes there are enough signs telling you that you need to pay attention to something that you finally listen. In this case, there are five: Unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, that revealed in stark detail how we create segregated places in...continued

Pope's Climate Week visit adds imperative to the growing progress on climate

Posted September 23, 2015 by Amanda Eaken

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The day before the Pope landed in Washington for his first visit to America, a study was released showing that California environmental regulations decreased the risk of cancer from air pollution by 70% over a 23-year period. As the Pope...continued

Here's how we can cut petroleum dependence: use the Transportation Special Session to give Californians real transportation choices

Posted September 10, 2015 by Amanda Eaken

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Anyone who watched the Governor's press conference last night about amendments to SB 350 knows that the Governor, pro Tem de León and Speaker Atkins are more bullish than ever about cutting our dependence on petroleum. And here's the good...continued

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