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.

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.
MPH@GW, The George Washington University
Adaptation and preparedness for extreme weather and other adverse events related to climate change are more important now than ever — but are U.S. cities ready?

Thousands of sea turtles are killed by fishing nets each year.

The George Washington University
Bycatch, a topic you are not likely to hear in discussions of wasted food, is the non-target marine wildlife that is caught in fishing nets or on fishing lines and is then discarded either at sea or at port.

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