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.

George Washington University
100 community scientists flood Houston streets to track where it's the hottest in hopes to inform climate mitigation plans.
San Deigo Bus coming into a stop.

(Image by Maggie Scholle)

Planet Forward Correspondent | University of San Diego
The cornerstone of the 2021 regional plan is the “5 Big Moves”: Five overarching strategies to change the way San Diegans use transit — but these are contingent on a willingness to change the way they commute.
Photo by Alexandr Podvalny

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Organizations in Madison, Wisconsin, focus on community-based solutions to improving food access during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Customers walk through the Dupont FRESHFARM Market in Washington, D.C., which has been open throughout the pandemic under public health restrictions. (Lizzie Stricklin/George Washington University)

The George Washington University
Deemed essential services, D.C. farmers markets have remained open since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic – but in order to keep vendors, staff and customers safe, markets have had to make sudden changes.
George Washington University
A seminar in Stockholm, which aims to be fossil fuel free by 2040, had this student examining the culture and lifestyle that has a much smaller emissions footprint per capita than we do in the United States.
Learn how to reduce food waste, save money on groceries, and help the environment
Featured Contributor
Nearly a third of food is wasted at the household level and that eats into our own finances while damaging the environment. How can we fix this?

Hundreds of Tucson residents are using green spaces during the pandemic like the Loop, a 131-mile paved bikeway that now sees hundreds of daily users. (Jake Meyers / University of Arizona)

Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Arizona
Green spaces not only help cities mitigate and adapt to climate change; they can help residents cope with the shock of COVID-19.
Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Arizona
Francis Wachira shows it is possible to end hunger and fight climate change through urban farming in Nairobi, Kenya.
Eckerd College
A short film about the importance of the journey of compost at Eckerd College.

(Courtesy of Everett Bloom).

The George Washington University
Light pollution caused by cities’ usage of artificial light creates a halo in the night sky that can be visible for miles to come. In 2016, 80% of the world — and 99% of the United States and Europe — lived under skyglow, an artificially brightened... Read More

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