Island Press Urban Resilience Project

1,765 Added | 1 Magazine | 3 Likes | 24 Following | 246 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.

We Must Better Communicate the Health Risks of Climate Change

“Climate change is a complicated topic, which makes it anathema to clear communication,” explained Dr. Ed Maibach, who runs the center for climate …

Climate Change

People Cities: The Life and Legacy of Jan Gehl

People Cities: The Life and Legacy of Jan Gehl<p>Published on Nov 21, 2016<p>Chapter 1 from Annie Matan's & Peter Newman's new book, People Cities: The …

Connecting to Change the World

Connecting to Change the World<p>Published on Jan 6, 2017<p>An excerpt from the book, Connecting to Change the World by Peter Plastrik, Madeleine Taylor, …

Seeing the Better City Chapter 1

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Nature is in Danger, and so are Nature’s Defenders

Sad news came from the wilds of Mexico recently, with reports of the murder of environmental activist Isidro Baldenegro on January 15. Baldenegro was …

Nature

Nonfiction Book Review: Nature’s Allies: Eight Conservationists Who Changed Our World by Larry A. Nielsen. Island, $28 (248p) ISBN 978-1-61091-795-7

Nature’s Allies: Eight Conservationists Who Changed Our World<p>Larry A. Nielsen. Island, $28 (248p) ISBN 978-1-61091-795-7<p>Nielsen, a fisheries …

Book Reviews

Foundations of Restoration Ecology

Foreword \ Karen D. Holl<br>Preface<br>Book Guide<br>Acknowledgements<p>PART I. Introduction to Restoration and Foundational Concepts<br>Chapter 1. Ecological Theory …

Ecology

Landscape Architecture Theory

<i>In honor of the first presidential debate tonight beteween Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, we asked Island Press authors: "If you were advisor to</i> …

Climate Change

Cheese and Regulations

A tale of two cities: Detroit’s long road to recovery begins downtown

A tale of two citiesDetroit’s long road to recovery begins downtown<p>So far, improvements have been confined to a small part of a once-great …

Cities

Students Harvest Success by Taking on a City’s Food Desert | Engineering360

Engineering students from Rutgers University in New Jersey are part of an effort to end a food desert in one corner of the Garden State.<p>Led by Carson …

You can't have lasting sustainability without social inclusion

Solar panels that only the rich can afford. Urban bike-share programs that limit participation to those using credit cards. Pricey organic grocery …

Apartments, Cities, and Pollution

A couple of months ago, I criticized the notion that suburban sprawl actually improves air quality by reducing density. However, I missed one …

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune; Inside the Climate Justice Movement

This Urban Farm Rehabilitates People

What sets Sole Food Street Farms apart as an inner-city agricultural operation with a social mission?<p>What are some of the specific challenges that …

Climate Justice Changes Health: Local, Tribal, Global, and Generational

Join the Island Press Urban Resilience Project on Monday, February 27 for a free webinar on how climate justice can address health inequities.<p>This …

Public Health

Red State America Acts on Climate Change--but Calls It Other Names

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>President Donald Trump has …

Climate change tied to nation's infrastructure needs

In what’s become a troublingly common occurrence, the combination of extreme weather and crumbling infrastructure threatened the residents of another …

Climate Change
Drought

Don’t underestimate what a carbon tax could do

Robert J. Samuelson’s Feb. 20 op-ed, “Two cheers for a carbon tax,” was glorious “whataboutism.”<p>Your car has a problem and you take it to a mechanic who fixes it, but Mr. Samuelson complains that this won’t pay off your credit card debt. Mr. Samuelson was demanding that a carbon tax fix U.S. …

Climate Change

In Vancouver, a Climate Program That's All About the Neighbors

Community events and a little friendly competition simplify the enormous task of slashing carbon footprints.<p>For all the work that goes into building climate action plans, cities often run up against one problem: Many well-meaning residents are stuck in the same old habits, unsure of how to make …

Housing

To Billionaire Doomsday Preppers: Your Wealth Won’t Save You

With Donald Trump’s election and the rising perils of war, climate upheaval, accelerating inequality, and civil unrest, some of the richest people in …

Plant power: why greenery is more than just a fig leaf for urban development

From rooftop parks to garden bridges, developers have never been so green-fingered. Although landscape often comes as a decorative afterthought, putting plants first can guide the rest of the development for the better<p>From garden bridges and linear parks to high lines and sky gardens, developers …

Urban Planning

Two more U.S. cities to go 100% renewable

<b>Pueblo, Colorado, and Moab, Utah, have become the 22nd and 23rd cities in the United States to commit to 100 per cent renewable energy targets.</b><p>On …

Urban heat islands: cooling things down with trees, green roads and fewer cars

As city temperatures rise, with a negative impact on health, councils are coming up with some innovative solutions<p>When it comes to coping with heatwaves, our own cities are conspiring against us. Road surfaces, pavements and buildings all contribute to keeping urbanised environments three to four …

Climate

How Cities Should Take Care of Their Housing Problems

While President Trump talks repeatedly about fixing America’s inner cities, it’s a good bet that in the coming years, New York and other large metropolitan areas will need to be more self-reliant in solving pressing problems, especially low-income housing.<p>After all, many big cities face a triple …

Housing

Federal Highway Administration changes mentions of ‘climate change’ to ‘resilience’ in transportation program

After President Trump won office, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) quietly switched the reference to “climate change” to “resilience” in the name of a program aimed at coping with climate impacts, agency officials confirmed Friday.<p>Federal highway officials changed the “Sustainable …

Climate Change

World food security “in jeopardy” due to multiple challenges, FAO warns

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsCountry: World<b><br>Mankind's ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying</b> …

Agriculture