Underneath food systems: Human reattachment to the soil in an urban sprawl

    In a city, when you leave your house in the morning, you probably encounter pavement, high-rise structures, debris, masses of people, and cars—but barely any nature. Residing in urban spaces has imposed distance between humans and soil. However, intentional reconnection with nature can shift values and attitudes toward agriculture.

    Lily Fillwalk

    February 18, 2024
    How many of you drove here?

    Imagining a just transition can be difficult as fossil fuel companies curate a culture of dependency. The Line 3 protests contain valuable lessons for rebelling against a fossil fuel dependent future.

    Charly Frisk

    February 9, 2024
    Industry-standard baselines for improved forest management (IFM) may significantly overestimate carbon credits

    Existing protocols for improved forest management lack science-based criteria to validate the sequestration of metric tons of CO2. Without sufficient regulation of carbon accounting baselines, misaligned incentives favor financial gains over real climate benefits. Revising carbon project protocols can help solve this problem.

    Elisse Roche

    January 28, 2024
    Reimagining parking: Unlikely spaces for climate resilience

    For every car in the United States, there are four parking spots. Research shows that replacing underutilized parking with green space and using environmentally friendly asphalt-alternatives will make cities more climate resilient. While cities in the United States have barely begun to grapple with this issue, cities like Paris, which removed 70,000 on-street parking spaces—half of the city’s previous 140,000 total—are de-paving the way.

    Gabriella Mickel

    January 2, 2024
Navigating Philanthropy's Dichotomy in Climate Action: Filling Gaps or Hindering Progress?

Efforts to redirect philanthropic resources towards climate-related causes, particularly supporting frontline communities and justice-oriented initiatives, could be pivotal in shaping a more impactful climate agenda, offering hope amidst the concerning trends.

Allyson Beach
December 13, 2023
Reframing Antitrust Law as an Environmental Problem

In the business sector, industry-wide collaboration is critical to addressing climate change. However, antitrust law in the United States deters such partnerships. Antitrust doctrine could be adjusted to support climate progress if environmental impacts are reframed as economic factors.

Ajay Culhane-Husain
November 17, 2023
Leveraging material flows to accelerate resource efficiency: Current status, challenges & opportunities

Material flow analysis (MFA) is a robust methodology that promotes resource efficiency at multiple scales. When combined with sustainability tools like economic input-output models and life cycle assessments, MFAs can provide unique insights to achieve sustainability objectives. To maximize its utility, diverse stakeholders each have a role to play in innovation to overcome current implementation challenges.

Amma Asantewaa Agyei Boakye
November 5, 2023
Achieving progress on environmental justice policy implementation: Community organizer and policymaker perceptions on equitable solutions

A new study uncovers community organizers' and policymakers' perceptions of the historical causes and proposed solutions to urban environmental injustices in the United States. Equitable implementation strategies shared by interviewees for program and policy design include meaningful engagement processes, building trust, avoiding unintended consequences, and incorporating procedural and distributional equity.

Jayson Velazquez
October 7, 2023