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Can removing highways fix America’s cities?

Highways radically reshaped cities, destroying dense downtown neighborhoods. Now, some cities are starting to take them down.

Detroit affordable housing project will give renters benefits of solar ownership

The unique model would put utility bill savings from solar installation into a fund to help residents cover expenses such as medical bills or college tuition.

Johana-Marie Williams: Citizens for a Sustainable Future bridging the green gap in Black communities

For African American communities, the effects of racism on social and economic sustainability often hamper their ability to respond to various threats to their environmental sustainability.

New York’s heat-vulnerable neighborhoods need to go green to cool off

The city sees itself as a climate leader, but organizers in those communities say its response to the ravages of climate change has been far from adequate.

San Francisco’s Version of a Green New Deal Is Taking Over Its Power Company

By David R Baker Photo by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
What happens when a famously left-leaning city dives into the buttoned-down business of electric utilities? San Francisco may soon find out. City officials are studying the possibility of creating their own utility out of the…

Vermont: 16 towns pass Town Meeting climate change resolutions

By Ellie French Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger
Sixteen Vermont towns passed non-binding climate change resolutions on Town Meeting Day, bringing the state total to 55 municipalities. The resolutions call for an end to construction of fossil fuel infrastructure, a commitment to 100…

In Los Angeles, Climate-Change Gentrification Is Already Happening

By Thor Benson Photo by Saul Loeb/Getty
The debate over gentrification is constantly raging in Los Angeles—home to the most gentrified neighborhood in America. That’s about to get significantly worse. Welcome to the age of “climate gentrification,” when the effects of climate…

DeLeo proposes plan to counter climate change by giving power, resources to communities

House Speaker Robert DeLeo has proposed a sweeping $1 billion environmental grant program that, over the next decade, would fund municipal efforts to build renewable-energy infrastructure and invest in climate resiliency programs.

D.C.’s Urban Farms Wrestle with Gentrification and Displacement

By Brian Massey Photo: Civil Eats
Urban farmers often hold high-minded ideals about food justice and access; they’re also often unwitting vehicles for driving out communities of color.