Green Apple Talk #2: The Urban Environment

A discussion exploring the connection between urban planning, architecture, and contemporary design. How can we make our buildings, transportation and cities better for both the environment and people? What decisions can people make in the urban environment that can have a positive impact, both now and into the future? Featuring Buzz Poole, editor of Green Design, Alex Marshall, author of Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities, and urban planner and blogger Shin-Pei Tsay. Moderated by best-selling author Bryan Keefer.

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Green Collar Jobs for Urban America

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In Oakland, California, the pathway out of poverty is the new green wave. Yes Magazine reports on a new movement for urban renewal: A "green-collar job" involves environment-friendly products or services. Construction work on a green building, organic farming, solar panel manufacturing, bicycle repair: all are "green jobs." The green-collar economy is big money, and […]

Philly Mayor Tells Senate: Climate Bill Can Help Make Cities Greener

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As the Senate opened its second round of climate change hearings today, Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter delivered the urban case for climate legislation, outlining an array of infrastructure improvements and green reforms that would be made possible by federal action to reduce carbon emissions. A sample image of Philadelphia’s proposed "green corridors." (Image: Lomo Civic […]

Missing: Urban Policy in the Presidential Campaign

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In its lead editorial yesterday, the New York Times called out the presidential candidates for their failure to address issues facing U.S. cities in this year’s campaign. If only the Des Moines Register’s editorial board had published something like this back in November… By now, many Americans have heard the presidential candidates talk about issues […]

Urban Revitalization Continues Amid Recession

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These days good news can be hard to come by, which is why Kaid Benfield’s most recent post on NRDC Switchboard caught our eye. It’s about the Old North neighborhood of St. Louis, and how revitalization efforts there have taken off: A former kindergarten in the Old North neighborhood of St. Louis that’s being renovated […]