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.
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.
Urban ecology is a relatively new field that envisions cities as ecosystems. Dr. Timon McPhearson, a Professor in Urban Ecology at The New School, shares his research and experiences as Director of the Urban Systems Lab, a research institute focused on urban adaptation.
Pollution from coal-fired power plants harms human health. Low-income neighborhoods are often the most exposed to coal impacts. New research highlights closing power plants can improve children’s health and performance in school.
Nearly 2.4 billion people (about 40 percent of the world’s population) live within 100 kilometers of the coast. As coastal cities continue to grow, so too will their influence as actors in shaping sustainable development. A new paper highlights the largely overlooked role of ocean cities in international legal frameworks to address environmental degradation in marine and coastal environments.
Storage capacity is a major obstacle in the world’s shift to low-carbon energy. Norway’s reuse of car batteries may help us understand how to make this switch, both reducing environmental impacts and creating business opportunities.
In cities around the world, there are vast networks of streams hidden below the ground surface. Through a process called daylighting, some cities are looking to rediscover these buried urban waterways.A new study provides a window into this hidden side of cities and tracks how daylighting affects the ecology and water quality of a stream in Norway.
Many believe over-regulation stifles innovation, but one regulation bucks this notion. New research suggests that companies subject to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) get more green patents certified compared to their unregulated peers.
Urban residents might like to think that city funds marked for equity go towards its most vulnerable members. A closer look at Chicagoan neighborhoods reveals that public spending often goes towards business interests instead.