Urban Sustainability

Cities are the sustainable hub of the future, where over 80 percent of our population will eventually live. If we can't make cities sustainable, we can't make the world sustainable.

Mt. Rainier looms behind the Seattle Seahawks stadium — a constant reminder of the natural world all around us. (J.C. Winkler/Creative Commons)

SUNY College at Brockport
Since 2011 professional teams and venues have come together as the Green Sports Alliance, aiming to reduce sports' environmental impact.

(Devon Camillieri/SUNY-ESF)

Planet Forward Correspondent | SUNY-ESF
One student's passionate pitch for the Central New York Regional Market to eliminate the use of plastic take-out bags, along with the rest of New York.
Pielet speaks at St. Petersberg Climate Strike.

Melissa Pielet speaks at St. Petersberg Climate Strike. (Anne Orca/Eckerd College)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Eckerd College
St. Petersburg, Florida, joined the global call for climate action on Sept. 20. Eckerd College student Melissa Pielet has some thoughts on the practicality of implementing the change we so urgently need.

A homeless encampment in Seattle from 2018. (David Lee/Flickr)

Seattle, WA
When I leave my apartment in the Chinatown neighborhood of Seattle I see lush green trees, the VA medical building sitting atop a hill, Mt. Rainer off in the distance, and a man with all of his possessions in a rundown van. 
Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Arizona
Nairobi is growing exponentially. Can urban farming help a city on track to reach 8.5 million people achieve a more food secure future?
George Washington University
When you're shopping, we as consumers have become accustomed to having a bag to hold our goods. However, the environmental cost and life span of the bag we use varies depending on the materials.
The George Washington University
Through research and actions, I've learned that it's actually in the best interest of local businesses to strive for a more sustainable business model. 
The George Washington University
An artistic exploration of social themes concerning the D.C. waterfront, the Anacostia River, and the overall gentrification of D.C.
plant grows by a marsh

A plant grows by a marsh at the Willow Waterhole Greenway Project. (Luz Rivera/FLICKR)

Northwestern University
Hybrid, nature-based infrastructure could help protect areas like Houston, Texas from floods, while providing other benefits for the community.

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Northwestern University
The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has been collecting used electronics all over Japan to extract the metal and make Olympic medals.

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