Betty Ybarra is about to move into the first house she has ever owned, a tiny home which she helped build. The tiny homes for the homeless project is the brainchild of Occupy Madison, a non-profit organization based in Madison, Wisconsin.
The latest national community preference survey, conducted periodically by the National Association of Realtors, was released earlier this month. The results are all over the place. Looking for evidence to support reported trends toward smart...
Growth in electricity demand in Texas has been met through increasing amounts of all sources of generation, but renewable sources have grown the fastest. Increased output from renewable sources (mostly wind generators located in the western portion of the state) has important implications for the operation of the electric grid in the state.
One of the most encouraging recent trends in municipal government has been the adoption of sustainability as a critical part of the urban agenda. The list of cities claiming to have the highest aspirations for greenness is growing and...
When a city is more walkable—supporting pedestrians with narrower streets, wide sidewalks, and nearby recreational outlets—shops are frequented more often and do far better than those in less walkable areas.
Every group operates within a larger social system. Its fundamental purpose is to provide value to the larger whole. This includes value to itself and to its members but always within the broader context. To better understand group intelligence, let’s explore it through the lens of social systems theory.
As we enter America’s traditional, annual season of excess, my collaborator Lee Epstein reminds us why overconsumption and waste have consequences. Lee is an attorney and land use planner working for sustainability in the mid-Atlantic region.