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Are Families Choosing Walkable Communities?

February 16, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Families and Walkable Cities

We are well aware of the young professional boom in our largest cities and walkable communities. But are families choosing these communities as well? We looked at the 50 largest cities to see if families are choosing to live in some of our most walkable communities.[read more]

San Francisco Restaurant Entrepreneurs To Grow Produce, Source Menu Locally

February 16, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Established restaurateurs Karen Leibowitz and Anthony Myint have a penchant for accountability in the food industry. Their latest offering, The Perennial, is set to open this spring. It will provide tech district office workers with a lesson in sustainability as well as a locally grown lunch.[read more]

Clean Drinking Water Just One Benefit Of Better Toilets [VIDEO]

February 15, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Toilets and Clean Water

If you ran across someone defecating in the street, you’d probably call the police (and get a response from them). In India, however, this is a very common practice in rural areas: according to Joe Madiath of NGO Gram Vikas, 70% of Indians take care of “#2″ right out in the open.[read more]

The Real Cost of Bad Eating

February 14, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Food and Public Health

“Eat food, mostly plants, and not too much,” suggests best-selling author and science journalism professor Michael Pollan, whose books cover the rising food movement. It’s a great way to keep things simple in a world where we are bombarded with new ideas in nutritional science, and fad diets.[read more]

Women in Food: Gwen Garcelon Works to Build Local Food System in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley

February 14, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food Leadership

Roaring Fork Food Policy Council Founder and Director Gwen Garcelon has a lot of experience trying to effect change on complex issues. For ten years, she worked as a grassroots organizer for the D.C. based nonprofit Results, trying to end world hunger and poverty.[read more]

Let's End Inequality and Build a Fairer Society

February 11, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Austerity has Urban Impacts

There has always been money to do what government deems necessary. The question is how we raise it and how we spend it. But the narrative of austerity is that all those things we used to consider valuable - public services, decent housing, social support for people in crisis - are now unaffordable luxuries.[read more]

Long Beach Co-Op Looks to Build Sustainable Physical and Mental Landscapes

February 11, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Building Sustainable Landscapes

Ryan Serrano was 22 when he founded Foodscape in 2011. At first, Serrano immersed himself in social issues in college, and saw how food access can be a symptom of dysfunction as well as a catalyst for change. The key, he believes, is sustained and easy access to healthy, sustainable and affordable food.[read more]

The Secrets of Success for Urban Food Gardens

February 7, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Food Garden Success or Failure

Urban food gardens are an important way to help trickle-feed much-needed fresh produce into our kitchens. They are also a key way to remind urbanites that growing food is something that needs time, dedication, skill and plenty of resources. But why do some succeed and some fail?[read more]

USDA Farm to School Census Shows Schools' Growing Interest in Serving Up Local

February 6, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Farm to School Interest

A recent census showed that over half of America’s schools plan on exploring local foods. The USDA Farm to School program is getting local food on school cafeteria plates while creating customers for local farmers by offering planning, implementation and support grants across the country.[read more]

New Pilot Program Aims to Expand Energy Efficiency in Chinese Cities

February 2, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China Efficiency Pilot Program

As China urbanizes, buildings in cities are a growing source of emissions and air pollution. Energy use from public sector buildings rose 15 percent between 2006 and 2010, and heat and electricity from emissions-intensive coal now account for half the energy consumption of public buildings in northern China.[read more]

11 Reasons Why Trains, Buses, Bikes, and Walking Move Us Toward a Brighter Future

February 2, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Transportation and the Future

According to the pundits and prophets who dominate the media, the future of transportation is all figured out for us. Cheaper gas prices mean we can still count on our private cars to take us everywhere we want to go in the years to come. The only big change down the road will be driverless autos.[read more]

In Defence of Fair-Weather Cyclists: How Do You Keep a City Cycling, Even in the Worst of Winter?

February 1, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Weather and Cycling Habits


One of the most persistent criticisms I hear leveled against investing in cycling is that the very moment that the weather becomes inclement, a lot of people will people stop riding their bikes, therefore making it an unreliable way of moving people in cities.[read more]