Island Press Urban Resilience Project

2,061 Added | 1 Magazine | 3 Likes | 24 Following | 378 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.

Resilience Experts Examine Climate Issues Facing Florida’s Gulf Coast

Surrounded on three sides by water, the city of St. Petersburg, and the entire Tampa Bay region are highly vulnerable to sea-level rise and other …

Climate Change

We must plan the driverless city to avoid being hostage to the technology revolution

Trials of autonomous cars and buses have begun on the streets of Australian cities. Communications companies are moving to deploy the lasers, cameras …

Transportation

Trump Administration Proposes Cuts to Critical Transit Investment Programs

Matthew CasaleTransportation AdvocateContact person by emailMatthew Casale advocates for the development of a 21st century transportation system, to …

Trump Administration

''Superman Is Not Coming'': Erin Brockovich on the Future of Water

Erin Brockovich speaks at the 2016 Arizona Ultimate Women's Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, October 9, 2016. (Photo: Gage …

Environment

The Next March Is All About Climate Change

• <i>Published:</i> April 27th, 2017<p>For the second weekend in a row, Washington, D.C. will be home to people clamoring for policies based on science. But …

Climate

Way more kids than we thought have lead poisoning.

A new report finds that health officials may fail to detect a third of U.S. children with high levels of lead in their bloodstream. In some states, …

Public Health

Connecting the Dots on Ag and Climate Change

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of citizens will march in Washington, D.C., and around the world, raising their voices to demand action on …

Agriculture

The Building Blocks of Community Resiliency in Anchorage

<i>This is first in a series of stories looking at this year’s</i> <b>Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership</b> <i>2017 Fellowship cities—</i><b>Anchorage</b><i>,</i> <b>Grand Rapids</b><i>,</i> <b>San</b> …

Cities

Photo-powered ‘urban diaries’ offer visual tool for guiding change

At this moment of epic political gridlock at the national level in the United States, localism is back. Increasingly, cities are devising local …

Cities

Sustainable Cities Require Urban Agriculture

Growing urbanization goes hand in hand with growing consumer demand for food<p>Cities are where we find large concentrations of consumers for the …

President Trump’s Climate Action Sells the Future Short

On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order that decimates his predecessor’s policies on climate change. One casualty is the social cost of …

In Washington, not all commuting distances are created equal

Generally speaking, our region's wealthier neighborhoods afford their residents more, faster options for traveling around the region than poorer …

Fighting Climate Change Means Building Dense, Diverse, Walkable Cities

Urban designer Peter Calthorpe has a seven-step plan to eradicate sprawl—both suburban and urban.<p>“Let me add to the complexity of the situation we find ourselves in: At the same time we’re solving for climate change, we’re going to be building cities for 3 billion people,” said the urban designer …

Cities

To be Black in America is also to be Green

For years now, scientific researchers and civil rights organizations like the NAACP have been documenting the disparate impact of climate change – …

Climate

Meet the fixer: This organizer fights for safer waste disposal.

Living in Detroit, Ahmina Maxey knew her city had a waste problem. At the time, Detroit was the only major city in the country without a curbside …

Recycling

How Can Honolulu Ease Its Cost of Living Pains and Other Resilience Challenges?

Hawaiian residents born in the archipelago dipped below 50 percent of the population two years ago, a testament to the difficulties locals face …

Cities

U.S. Vulnerable to Worst of Extreme Sea Rise

• <i>Published:</i> April 26th, 2017<p>The beginning of a collapse this century of sections of the Antarctic ice sheet would disproportionately inundate coasts …

Climate Change

What If You Could Filter Dirty Air Just By Riding A Bike?

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde imagines a smog-clearing bike as a solution to China’s dual problems of road congestion and poor air quality—and a way to keep cyclists from inhaling excess pollution.<p>Riding a bike in a smoggy city–and sucking in exhaust from the tailpipes of the cars in front of …

Pollution

Major companies urge White House to stay in Paris Agreement | Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Press Release<br>Contact Laura Rehrmann, rehrmannl@c2es.org, 703-516-0621<p><b>Top</b> <b>companies urge White House to stay in the Paris Agreement</b><p><b>Letter Outlines</b> …

Climate

The United Cities of America

Americans on the right have long argued for the “devolution” of power from the federal government to the states. With President Trump in office, Americans on the left should consider taking that idea further: devolving power to cities.<p>“Saturday Night Live” captured it best in its skit, “The …

Cities

These Environmental Heroes Stood Up To Corporate Interests—And Won

The 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize awardees demonstrate the power of individuals to protect their communities and their resources against the harmful operations of powerful industries.<p>In the mid-’90s, when he was 10 years old, Mark Lopez walked around his home of East Los Angeles, knocking on …

Environment

How to Turn Neighborhoods Into Hubs of Resilience

Three places showing how to make the transition from domination and resource extraction to regeneration and interdependence.<p><b>By Taj James and Rosa</b> …

Cities

Looking ahead: Solar energy for all

The Renewable Energy for All Bill is one opportunity that unanimously passed through the Senate Energy and Utilities Committee this week. With …

Energy

How the climate march can stand out in a crowd of protests

Not so long ago, a march for climate action would struggle to draw crowds into the streets. Stop the war? Sure. Rally to curb CO2 emissions? I think …

Climate

Cities must embrace nature to survive

Diane Cook And Len Jenshel/Getty Images/National Geographic Creative<p>Ensuring the vitality of the global commons – the natural assets and ecosystems …

Cities

California’s landmark climate-change program would also fight air pollution under proposal

SACRAMENTO — As the Legislature weighs the future of cap and trade, California’s groundbreaking program to cut greenhouse gas emissions that expires …

Environment

The Dangerous Environmental Outlook for Black Communities

If you want to understand what the Trump era will mean for Black communities that are overburdened with pollution, the people of St. John the Baptist …

Environment

The New Urban Crisis

Donald Trump’s thinking about cities is a product of the old urban crisis of the 1960s and ‘70s - the staggeringly high rates of crime and poverty, …

Housing
Environment

Here’s why so many young people are joining the climate march

On April 29, an unprecedented coalition of movements will descend on the streets of Washington, D.C., to march for climate, jobs, and justice. The …

Environmentalism