Five Ways to Build Inclusive Cities

This year, World Cities Day (October 31) focuses on “inclusive cities, shared development.” But with rapidly growing urbanization, how can cities ensure that all of their residents are thriving? Striking with indiscriminate intensity, Hurricane Matthew blew through the Caribbean and the eastern United States in late September. The Category 4 storm plowed the U.S. Gulf Coast … Continue Reading ››

Rebuilding Healthy Soil for a Changing Climate

To celebrate the recent World Food Day (October 16), learn how food production can be transformed from a greenhouse gas emitter to a carbon sink by improving soil biology. Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” This year’s message from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization for World Food Day is timely … Continue Reading ››

Perspective: Building a Better Future for Girls Builds a Better World

“Thank heaven for little girls,” Maurice Chevalier sang in the Oscar-winning 1958 movie musical Gigi. But even in his gentlemanly French-accented voice, there was the hint of a leer, a premonition of what is to come. What Chevalier’s character is actually most grateful for about little girls is that “they grow up in … Continue Reading ››

One Man’s Basura Is Another Man’s Energía: How Waste-to-Energy Can Drive Puerto Rico Toward Sustainable Development

While blessed with tremendous natural beauty, Puerto Rico has attracted attention recently due to its $70 billion debt and the rapid spread of the Zika virus. But the small island’s problems do not end there. For years, trash has been piling up in Puerto Rico.
Ironically dubbed “the land of enchantment,” Puerto Rico has … Continue Reading ››

What’s in a Name? “Superblocks” in Barcelona and China

The other day, I came across an announcement about the recent commitment in Barcelona, Spain, to “superblocks”—cohesive, people-friendly neighborhoods created from existing residential areas of the city. The expectation is that changes to a few city rules, along with modest financial investments, will be powerful enough to elevate the livability and appeal of these … Continue Reading ››

School Days in 2040: Beatriz’s Day at the Freire School of Activism

Education in 2040In this fifth story from the blog series School Days in 2040, Erik Assadourian explores an activist high school in São Paulo, Brazil. At this school students are activists first, students second. They’re learning by doing and, in the process, bringing about positive social change in … Continue Reading ››

Why Your Stuff Turns to Junk and Cooks the Planet

Much of the energy of the environmental movement and of policymaking is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through low- or zero-carbon development. This is a necessary and, in many ways, proper focus. But it is too narrow an approach to deal successfully with the broader challenge of endless growth in consumption, which is a … Continue Reading ››

Growing Circular Food Systems in a Growing City

This article on UDC's food system work was originally posted on FuturePerfect.

The University of the District of Columbia is leading the charge in transforming the food system in a city challenged with high levels of poverty, obesity, and population growth.
“Nature will be just fine. The question is whether it’ll be just fine … Continue Reading ››

School Days in 2040: Arivan’s Day at the Garden City Eco-engineering Academy

Education in 2040In this fourth story from the blog series School Days in 2040, Erik Assadourian explores an eco-engineering high school in Singapore that is training highly moral scientific leaders to guide investigation of the world’s most controversial environmental technologies. Arivan has just stepped off Singapore’s … Continue Reading ››

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