Sustainable Development

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Bringing the Culture of Sustainability Management to Princess Cruise Lines

Princess, a division of Carnival Cruise line, the largest passenger cruise company in the world, has pleaded guilty to seven felony charges and will pay $40 million after employees on a cruise ship were caught dumping oiled waste into the seas and lying to cover up their actions. This as an issue of management that is not limited to Princess or Carnival, but to whole areas of business practice that continue to ignore their responsibility to apply best management practices and the best available technology to operations such as waste disposal.

by |December 5, 2016
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Anchor Institutions Task Force Holds Annual Conference

In November 2016, the Anchor Institutions Task Force held its annual conference in New York City. Over 150 representatives from a variety of anchor institutions and partner organizations came together to discuss how anchor institutions can make valuable contributions to community and economic development through local partnerships.

by |December 3, 2016
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Earth Observation Science, Public Policymaking, and the Trump Administration

We do not know enough about our planet and the impact of human technology on its basic systems. It is beyond idiotic to think we can grow our population and consumption this much, this quickly, and have no impact. But it is also foolish to overstate what we know and ask policymakers to invest trillions of dollars on impacts we have not yet seen. Scientists need to be encouraged and funded to present facts, projections and options.

by |November 28, 2016
Students work at a small garden designed to absorb rainwater in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx, N.Y. They inspect soil cores they left the week before, in order to determine changes in nutrient content. Photo: Nandan Shetty

New York Lets a Thousand Bioswales Bloom

In an effort to curb sewage overflows, New York City has turned to green infrastructure: right-of-way bioswales, green roofs and rain gardens, among other practices. These measures help decrease stormwater runoff by increasing pervious areas and introducing water-loving plants that can absorb some of the water and encourage evaporation.

by |November 22, 2016
From left, Leon Billings, Edmund Muskie and Tom Jorling.

Leon Billings, Tom Jorling and the Origins of U.S. Environmental Law

If you had the experience of hearing Leon Billings teach and tell stories, it is hard to believe his voice is no longer with us. He was a great American and an important figure in American environmental history.

by |November 21, 2016
While achieving sustainable agriculture is one of the greatest challenges of our age, at its core there is nothing political or controversial about it:  Agriculture that does not meet these criteria will not persist and will be unable to support human civilization.

Sustainable Agriculture Through Innovation and Collaboration

Individuals and institutions are becoming increasingly concerned about the social and environmental impacts and the broader societal ramifications associated with conventional agricultural systems. In response, many are acting to bring into view a brighter future that is capable of satisfying a long list of criteria that define sustainable agriculture.

by |November 16, 2016
New York City Photo: Daniel Schwen

Cities: the Vanguard Against Climate Change

Cities are leading the fight against climate change. Here’s what some of the most forward-looking ones are doing.

by |November 10, 2016
Ongoing work to connect Loop 303 with Interstate 10 in Goodyear, Arizona. Arizona Department of Transportation/Creative Commons

The Candidates Agree: America’s Aging Infrastructure Needs a Fix

Once infrastructure decisions are made, they are locked in place, often for decades, sometimes for centuries. Recognizing this fact, there is an urgency to think in new ways, rather than simply stick with established practices and systems.

by |November 4, 2016
University Circle, Cleveland. Credit: Erik Drost

Anchor Institutions and Employment

Despite the significance of anchor institutions to local economies, popular and political discourse does not always emphasize their importance. Anchor institutions, such as universities and hospitals, provide various employment opportunities while contributing to the health of local economies in other ways.

by |October 31, 2016
Richard Plunz will talk about the newly revised edition of his "History of Housing in New York City" Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of the City of New York. For details and to register, visit the museum’s website.

Housing in New York City: Updating the History

“Beyond doubt the large question facing New York housing production today has to do with a market that can not provide for the half of our households that are low income.”

by |October 17, 2016