Island Press Urban Resilience Project

2,475 Added | 1 Magazine | 4 Likes | 24 Following | 577 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.

A new learning collaborative is charting efforts in four metros to connect minority communities to entrepreneurial resources.

Fifty years ago, Detroit was raging hot with racial tension between a predominantly black population and a predominantly white police force. That …


A Return to Democratic Space

Urban Design

Transit projects have to make impossible guesses on ridership predictions

New York's elevated railroads brought transit to farmland and sparked development of a city. China still does this. But in the United States, today, …

To preserve their communities' economic and social wellbeing, leaders will need to manage an endless cycle of technological disruption.

Signs of the immense influence that digital technologies will have on transportation are growing more visible daily. Software-enabled mobility …


What Makes a 'Resilient' City? For Tulsa's Chief Resilience Officer, It's People

DeVon Douglass defines the murky term in her own words.<p>In planning circles, “resilience” often refers to the ability of urban systems to bounce back from environmental shock. On that front, Tulsa, Oklahoma, has its work cut out, ensuring utilities and emergency services have the resources to …


Former EPA Official Mustafa Ali on Environmental Justice Under the Trump Administration

“They have not yet moved forward on a policy that would be beneficial to low-income communities, communities of color or indigenous populations.”


Missouri Mayors Look to Expand High-Speed Internet Access

When it comes to getting residents connected to high-speed internet, Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Missouri is not anticipating that the federal …


Exxon Mobil Is Still Pumping Toxins Into Black Community in Texas 17 Years After Civil Rights Complaint

Joseph Gaines was sitting on his porch in the Charlton-Pollard section of Beaumont, Texas, on a recent evening in June, sipping beer and chatting …

Exxon Mobil

The Rise of the 'Night Mayor' in America

Mirik Milan has become a kind of city management celebrity.<p>As Amsterdam’s first "night mayor," he's been managing the after-hours economy of the …


Measuring Up US Infrastructure Against Other Countries

How does infrastructure in the US compare to that of the rest of the world? It depends on who you ask.<p>On the last two report cards from the American …

U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Young Food Justice Leaders Speak Out

Youth have the energy, idealism, creativity, and conviction needed to move the food movement forward.Nowhere is this fact more apparent than at a …


Renewable energy can help solve the greatest health challenge of this century: climate change

Switching from fossil fuels to wind, solar and hydroelectric energy is one of the most important things we can do for the climate, for the health of …


With an “urban diary,” everyone’s a city planner

It is three months since Steve Rotheram swept to power as mayor of the Liverpool City Region. So how are things shaping up for this largely untested …

North Yorkshire

Trump is going easy on polluters.

According to a new study from the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project, the current presidential administration has collected fewer civil …

Clean Air Act

These Urban Designers See a New York That Adapts to Watery Future

Rafi Segal Architecture and Urbanism and DLAND Studio envision a future in which a "densified urban development on higher ground creates a vibrant …


Why Even the Hyperloop Probably Wouldn’t Change Your Commute Time

The hyperloop, Elon Musk has boasted, could whisk you from New York to Washington in 29 minutes. Other maglev boosters sell similar dreams: San Francisco to Los Angeles in under 30. Dallas to Houston, Portland to Seattle, Orlando to Miami in the same.<p>The half-hour trip is something of a mystical …


America's Most (and Least) Sustainable Cities, Ranked

When it comes to sustainability in urban centers, the West Coast is faring better than the rest of the country.<p>U.S. coastal cities are coming the closest to meeting sustainability goals set by the UN, according to the first analysis of 100 metropolitan cities by the Sustainable Development …


Students, Cities and States Take the Climate Fight to Court

Can the courts fix climate change?<p>Several groups and individuals around the United States have gone to court to try to do what the Trump administration has so far declined to do: confront the causes and effects of global warming.<p>In California, two counties and a city recently sued 37 fossil fuel …


Orlando commits to 100 percent renewable energy citywide by 2050

click to enlarge<p>By the year 2050, Orlando commissioners want all the electricity used in the city to come from renewable sources of energy like solar …

Renewable Energy

Can we help save our cities’ infrastructure by growing more food?

A levee is breeched during the 1927 Mississippi FloodWhen we talk about the economic benefits of gardening, farming, and otherwise fostering a …


What would the perfect cycling city look like?

If you were building a city for bicycles from scratch, what would you include and leave out? In an edited excerpt from his new book Velotopia, Steven Fleming imagines a pedallers’ paradise<p>Velotopia is as circular as the topography has allowed, for the usual reason that citizens are always …


Can Small Rust Belt Cities Survive?

Springfield, Mass. Photo Credit: John Phelan, CC BY 3.0<p>The Wall Street Journal just ran a feature by Jon Kamp on the struggles of small Rust Belt …


Green Infrastructure Planning to Empower Communities

With the recently adopted Community Greening Plan, Capital Region Water has committed to the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure in …

Urban Design

A Former EPA Adviser on How to Push for Environmental Justice Under Trump

“In our country there are two things that move policy. One is money. The other is the power of people.”

Good News

It's too hard for low-income households to take advantage of programs to lower their utility bills. Some cities are making progress.

As the saying goes, "The poor pay more." This is certainly true when it comes to energy costs: Low-income households (both owners and renters) pay …


July Was Record Hot for Parts of Alaska and the West

The northernmost city in the United States just had its hottest July on record, as other spots in Alaska had their hottest month overall. Heat …

Global Warming

Contaminated Childhood: The Chronic Lead Poisoning of Low-Income Children and Communities of Color in the United States

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, revealed systemic government malfeasance that exposed an entire city population to lead-contaminated water. It …


Former EPA head calls on Trump to heed the climate science

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama is calling for President Donald Trump to listen …


Chicagoan Sees Neighborhood Economic Growth in Trees

Volunteers measured and categorized trees during a tree inventory on Chicago’s South Side in July. (Photos by Audrey F. Henderson)At first glance, …


NYT: New York Inches Toward 'Bike Hegemony'

Home of the country's first bike path in 1894, New York City now boasts 1,133 miles of bike routes, with more than 46,000 people riding bikes to work …

New York Times