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.

Energy awareness: A pocket sized solution
Energy awareness: A pocket sized solution
SUNY Plattsburgh
With Utility Smart, you can track how you throw out trash and recycling, or how high you set your thermostat during the winter. It compiles the data and helps you learn about how your choices impact the environment.
New York City (Katherine Baker)

The New York City skyline. (Katherine Baker/Columbia University)

Columbia University
After the Paris Agreement withdrawal announcement, many cities and states vowed to commit to sustainability efforts despite the federal decision. New York City was among the cities to commit, but how is the Big Apple doing in terms of going green?
Sustainable consumerism

One man's trash; another man's treasure. The movement to reclaim urban space in New York City inspired communities to start recycling, sourcing their food locally, reusing and re-purposing their waste and the "garbage" of others. (Shandra Furtado/Planet Forward)

The George Washington University
Today we see a lot of differences between rural and urban communities, which distract us from environmental issues, but why not examine the common sustainable ingenuity arising out of the simple will to survive anywhere?
Phipps Conservatory welcome center

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. (Wikimedia Commons)

George Washington University
Of all the places on the planet you’d expect to find the greenest building, you probably don't think of Steel City.
H St. Farms is Cultivate the City's rooftop garden.
H St. Farms is Cultivate the City's rooftop garden.
Northwestern University
Niraj Ray built a network of 25 urban gardens made in schools, sports parks and other vacant lots around the city. All 25 sites are joined together by one central rooftop garden, the H St. Farms, and contribute to sustainability efforts in D.C.
Northwestern University
Young people are exploring food systems through farming. We compared the group we met while in Panama with an urban farm on the South Side of Chicago. 
Willie reflects on his personal bartending history.
Willie reflects on his personal bartending history.
Northwestern University
The podcast and accompanying videos describe a distiller's exploration into sustainable methods of distilling alcohol in the jungles of Panama.

Kalu Yala is situated in Panama's Tres Brazos Valley. (Photos by Emma Sarappo)

Northwestern University
Real estate scion Jimmy Stice is looking to help the planet and mitigate climate change – through a startup. At his "eco-city" Kalu Yala, situated in Panama's Tres Brazos Valley, he's encouraging interns to learn to do the same.
George Washington University
Urban trees need our help. One organization working in that area is Casey Trees, based in Washington, D.C.

(Tony Webster/Creative Commons)

Electricity that we use in our everyday lives has a big impact on the environment.

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