Island Press Urban Resilience Project

2,793 Added | 1 Magazine | 4 Likes | 24 Following | 818 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.

West Virginia Homes Get Healthier with Weatherization

West Virginia

Infrastructure Series Begins With a Look At Two Communities’ Water Resources

Communities across the country are grappling with aging infrastructure and limited funding to repair or replace critical water, road and utility …

Water

How to fix Puerto Rico's power system

The island has a rare chance to jump from the costly, oil-fueled past into a cleaner future it could afford.<p>Months after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, most of the island’s population is still without power, an unprecedented outcome for a territory in the world’s most advanced nation. The …

Energy

To Fight 'Bikelash,' Get Your Boss to Back Protected Lanes

“It’s such a simple ask,” said one campaigner who did it in London in 2014. “Say ‘I have a right to get to work safely.’”<p>In 2014, when Boris Johnson started construction on his 18-mile, fully segregated cycling “superhighway” linking London from east to west, the “bikelash” was fierce and immediate.<p>…

Cycling

California Cities to Launch Biggest Electric Bike-Share System in U.S.

Biking in Sacramento (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Davis, California, has long held a special place among U.S. bicycle cities. In 1967, it was the first …

Cycling

California's Climate Emergency

Fires continue to burn Southern California, and climate scientists have warned us for years that the region was entering a year-round fire regime<p>In …

Climate Change

How an Innovative Tech Fund Is Helping to Expand Internet Access in California’s Low-Income Communities

Over the past 10 years, a remarkable institution in California has been fueling sustained progress in closing the digital divide, bringing many …

Digital Divide

Climate victims seek justice, on the street and in the courtroom

The Paris Agreement "recognises the importance... of addressing loss and damage" caused by climate change, and has set up a mechanism to do so.<p>At the …

Climate

Here’s what’s at stake for the 21 kids suing the Trump administration over climate change

Arguments before the Ninth Circuit will decide whether the case goes to trial.<p>On Monday, a group of 21 youth plaintiffs currently suing the federal …

Climate

We're building the equivalent of Paris every week. That's a problem.

Why it matters<p>The doubling of buildings over the next 40 years would be like adding the floor area of all of Japan's buildings to the planet every …

Climate

Don't be silent about the EPA Clean Water rollback

In the United States, we have developed public infrastructure capable of delivering clean, drinkable tap water almost everywhere. Unlike packaged …

Water

Imagining a Post-Carbon Transportation System

The Futurama exhibit presented visitors with a car-centric future. Credit: Library of Congress<p><i>A new exhibit presents a vision of a fossil-fuel-free</i> …

Cities

To Tackle Climate Change In The Trump Era, Fix Housing

A new study suggests that changing how and where we build housing could reduce carbon emissions.<p>This year, the Trump administration has made it clear that addressing climate change is not a priority. It’s repealing Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the 2015 legislation that would cut power sector emissions …

Climate

Seeking Solutions for the ‘Water Infrastructure Death Spiral’

WASHINGTON — Cities with shrinking populations and aging water infrastructure can face tough choices when it comes to paying for waterworks upgrades …

Cost of Living

How to Survive in an Age of Growing Megafires

An interview with Ed Struzik, author of <i>Firestorm: How Wildfires Will Shape Our Future</i><p>As flames continue to engulf Southern California, it’s clear we …

Wildfires

How Wildfires Will Shape Our Future — Ed Struzik Interview

As flames continue to engulf Southern California, it's clear we need a radically different approach to managing wildfires in this age of growing …

Wildfires

The 10-Minute Walk Campaign | Feature | National Recreation and Park Association

The 10-minute walk campaign launched on October 10 and is already gaining speed in cities across the country. So, what exactly is the thinking behind …

Urban Design

How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires in California

As global warming continues to make California's climate hotter and drier, the state could become a perpetual tinderbox.<p>0<p>SHARES<p>Just two months after …

Climate Change

D.C. Has to Work Around a White House That Denies Climate Change to Prepare for a 500-Year Flood

Donald Trump has repeatedly denied the existence of human-made climate change, and since taking control of the White House, his administration has …

Climate

Cities Are Stepping Up to Do What's Right on Climate—and Winning

This week, mayors from across North America met in Chicago to reaffirm their commitment to climate action.<p>In the fight against catastrophic climate …

Climate

The Future of Smart Growth

EPISODE 100 | 22 MINS<p>The Future of Smart Growth<p>WITH MATTHEW DALBEY<p>Topic:<p>Celebrating our 100th episode by kicking off the conversation about the …

EPA

New Orleans' new bike share program has officially launched | NOLA.com

Bicycle aficionados kicked off the start of New Orleans' first bike-share program Tuesday morning (Dec. 5) during a celebration at the Lafitte …

Cycling

Can a cyclist’s commute cause more harm than good?

Vincent Lee, an associate principal in our New York office, is test subject 75 in an ongoing study through Columbia University that tracks pollution …

Research

These Planners Stepped Away From the Spreadsheets and Into the Community

(Photo by Oscar Perry Abello)Like many immigrant communities across the United States, those on Long Island have been living, working and raising …

Cities

Melting Ice Could Cause More California Droughts

Loss of ice cover in the Arctic could spur more droughts in California, according to a new study by federal researchers.<p>The study, published today in</i> …

Climate Change

Transportation is the Biggest Source of U.S. Emissions

<i>By Climate Central</i><p>The busiest travel day of the year brings a renewed focus on transportation, and for the first time since the 1970s, U.S. carbon …

Climate

Obama praises mayors as 'new face' of leadership on climate change in Trump era

CHICAGO — Former president Barack Obama on Tuesday praised American mayors, business leaders, and academics as being the "new face of American leadership on climate change" now that President Trump has abandoned an international climate accord that Obama helped forge during his presidency.<p>The …

Climate

"Resiliency" Has Lost Its Meaning: We Need a More Radical Approach

“Resiliency” Has Lost Its Meaning: Why We Need a More Radical Approach<p>Sometimes it’s better to adapt and retreat before the waters rise again.<p>For …

Photographers

Building Resilience? There’s a Standard for That

Planners and builders can choose from an ever-growing menu of resilience standards to help advance the preparedness of the built environment<p><b>By Laurie</b> …

Construction

Amid tech enthusiasm, we may miss an opportunity to humanize smart cities

<b>Editor's Note:</b> This piece was written by Susanne Seitinger, <i></i>global smart cities lead at Philips Lighting. The opinions represented in this piece are …

Cities