Island Press Urban Resilience Project

2,646 Added | 1 Magazine | 4 Likes | 24 Following | 685 Followers | @UrbanResilience | Collecting stories on urban resilience in the era of climate change, with an emphasis on sustainability, equity, and social justice. The Island Press Urban Resilience Project (URP) is committed to a greener, fairer future for all. Island Press gratefully acknowledges major support of our work by The Kresge Foundation and The JPB Foundation.

The Key To Solving One Of Cities’ Biggest Problems? Think Small

A city doesn’t need a grand action plan to reduce climate change risks, according to a new study.<p>Climate change is one of our generation’s biggest challenges–and most confusing policy problems. The country’s top politicians are busy rolling back protections. Cities are plowing ahead with resiliency …

Climate

How the U.S. might fulfill its Paris pledge without the White House

The United States Climate Alliance, comprised of 14 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, …

Climate

Rebuild, retreat, or resist

Houston is America’s fourth-largest city, thanks in part to its embrace of unfettered growth. But its swagger got doused during the last week of …

Cities

Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl

A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to …

Transportation

Hurricane Maria: Inside a Puerto Rican Barrio's Fight to Survive

What the G8 neighborhoods in San Juan can teach us about the coming age of permanent disaster<p>On a hot and cloudless afternoon in mid-October, the …

Caribbean

America's climate refugees have been abandoned by Trump

President Donald Trump visits Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.Evan Vucci/AP<p>As hurricane after hurricane ravages Puerto Rico and the Gulf …

Climate

Addressing the Looming Cost of Rebuilding

Battered and bruised our communities have moved past back-to-back natural disasters and now face the rebuilding effort. Those we have lost, whether …

Virgin Islands

New Urbanism isn’t dead – but thanks to climate change, it is evolving

At Labour Conference last month, Jeremy Corbyn made one big announcement on the party’s plans for tackling the housing crisis in our cities – rent …

Archaeology

Bikelash Reaches a Whole New Level

Angie Schmitt relays the details of a anti-bike lane protest that took place in Minneapolis over the weekend, describing the protest that included …

John Edwards

Big Tech Ought to Step Up for Cities

Leading high-tech firms have increasingly gone from heroes to villains in the eyes of their neighbors. It’s in their own interest to help make cities more affordable and inclusive.<p>Dynamic entrepreneurial companies have long been the drivers of America’s economic growth, and innovators like Andrew …

Cities

How I Came to Believe Science Will Save the World

My love affair with science started about 30 years ago, along the shores of a remnant inland sea. After throwing a juniper log on our bonfire near …

Nature

How Living in Big Inner Cities Makes People Healthier and Happier

The benefits of living in urban centers, where populations are more dense, include more accessibility to leisure, health, and safety services, …

Cities

4 Energy Cooperatives Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

Consumers across the U.S. are organizing to create a multiclass, multirace clean energy system that addresses socioeconomic and environmental …

Renewable Energy

How Are The Wildfires Affecting Immigrants In California? Jobs & Homes Are Being Destroyed

Napa and Sonoma counties are perhaps best known for their wine industry, and specifically for their vineyards. As wildfires in northern California …

Napa County

Reflections on Houston in a Time of Contradiction

From a city strangled by fossil fuels, a call to fight for a more equitable future emerges<p><b>By Samantha Harvey</b><p>Last October I visited Houston for the …

Dakota Access Pipeline

Reflections on Houston in a Time of Contradiction

Perhaps one gift the Trump administration has given us is the final lifting of this veil — just in case there was any lingering faith that authority …

Sustainability

As Trump Retreats, States Are Joining Forces on Climate Action

Despite the Trump administration’s environmental rollback, U.S. states are forging ahead with initiatives to combat climate change. Now, a coalition …

Climate

Coal country is finding little relief in Trump's climate actions

Every morning is filled with anxiety in this hardscrabble town so intertwined with the fortunes of its hulking coal power plant that a drawing of the facility is emblazoned on the community’s police force emblem.<p>Locals look out their windows to see if there are clouds drifting from its massive …

Climate

We Can Win Against Environmental Racism. Here Are 10 Times Communities Of Color Fought & Won.

We need to be reminded that — in what often feels like an unwinnable battle against a stacked deck — our communities are smart, resourceful and …

To Prevent Disaster, Rethink Development

Three ways better building practices can reduce the risks of hurricanes like Harvey, Irma, and Maria<p><b>By Ed Thomas and Laurie Mazur</b><p>As floodwaters …

National Flood Insurance Program

Introduction to The Community Resilience Reader

Building community resilience starts with the courage to collaborate with the people around you to protect the things about your community that you …

Climate

Poll: Americans blame wild weather on global warming

WASHINGTON — After hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria blitzed the nation, most Americans think weather disasters are getting more severe and see …

Climate Change

Climate Change Will Always Hurt Poor People the Most

<b>ATLANTA</b>—Two to three times a year, heavy rain and backed-up raw sewage flood a block of Peoplestown, Atlanta. Stormwater collects on the …

Climate

Can multiple bike-sharing systems thrive in one city?

Seven years ago, Washington, D.C.'s CapitalBikeshare broke ground as the first official bike-share system to launch in the United States, and since …

Cities

Climate change threatens Midwest infrastructure, report says

The Midwest is safe from hurricanes and drought-driven wildfires. But that does not mean the region and its roads and bridges are free from the threat of climate change, a new study warns.<p>Higher temperatures and unusually heavy rain events in the Midwest spell trouble for transportation and …

Climate Change

Rebuilding Puerto Rico From the Grassroots Up

Longtime environmental justice activist Elizabeth Yeampierre is helping spearhead a national day of action on creating a “just recovery” for Puerto Rico. Here’s what that means.<p>The Climate Justice Alliance has declared Wednesday “A National Day of Action,” on behalf of Puerto Rico, which was nearly …

Caribbean

Black Design Still Matters

In 2014, students of color at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design were wondering how they could better impact social justice issues. Less than three years later, they’ve built a movement.<p>The Black in Design conference at Harvard University this past weekend featured presentations from some of the …

Harvard

Water Systems Are In Crisis. How Can Funders Help?

Acting for Environmental Justice—Peggy Shepard Interview

In the newest episode in our series of podcasts on urban resilience, Infinite Earth Radio host Vernice Miller Travis interviews Peggy Shepard, …

Environmental Justice

The Shed Project Turns Vacant Buildings Into Livable Spaces

Despite global cities such as New York, Amsterdam and London being crazy popular places to live in these days, they are also characterized by a lot …

Housing