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.

American University, Spring 2016 Video Intern
If cars only account for roughly a third of our carbon, what is the real culprit? Buildings.

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American University, Spring 2016 Video Intern
It appears H&M is following in the footsteps of companies like Levi’s, Nike and Adidas, which have been pushed by the public to reinvent their production waste tactic through water and textile recycling programs.
Planet Forward
Attendees at the 2016 Planet Forward Sustainable Cities Summit weighed in on what we can do right now to make cities more sustainable, reminding us that complicated problems require many solutions.    
Planet Forward Storyfest 2016
Planet Forward Storyfest 2016
Planet Forward
Planet Forward asked student storytellers to answer the question: What innovation do you think will help cities develop sustainably? Their answers are our Storyfest 2016 submissions.
How Do We Ensure Equitable, Sustainable Cities?
How Do We Ensure Equitable, Sustainable Cities?
Planet Forward
When asked to describe in one word what they believed the biggest challenge was to creating these cities, two panelists answered money, one answered hope, another said participation, and the last responded with income inequality.
Urban Agriculture: New Partnerships, New Voices
Urban Agriculture: New Partnerships, New Voices
Planet Forward
Is urban agriculture the answer to feeding the world's growing cities? One panelists said we will need combination of food growing in urban and rural areas to meet food demands.
Keynote: The Future of Sustainable Cities
Keynote: The Future of Sustainable Cities
Planet Forward
Melodee Colbert-Kean, the president of the National League of Cities and city council member and former mayor of Joplin, Missouri, discussed the process of rebuilding her city in the wake of the city's 2011 tornadoes.  
Greening The Music Industry
The George Washington University School of Business
While waiting in line outside your favorite venue, you may not be thinking about what it’s taken to make that show happen. If you look at the top 100 tours of 2015, fans traveled about 240 million miles, emitting 58,000 metric tons of CO2.
Driverless Cars are the Future of Sustainable Commuting
Driverless Cars are the Future of Sustainable Commuting
Planet Forward
What do the experts think about the cities of the future — and how will we manage to grow these urban centers sustainably?  We tracked them down at the 2016 Planet Forward Summit on Sustainable Cities and asked them for you.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said, "The challenges today are not a question of if we have the the opportunity to make progress on these issues but how do we act when we can’t see the problems?” (Photo: GWU)

Senior Writer, Planet Forward
Effective storytelling rests at the nexus of innovations seeking to address the urgent social and environmental sustainability challenges facing cities across the globe. This was the overarching theme of the 2016 Planet Forward Summit.

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