Sustainability Archives - State of the Planet

A garden featuring a small pond with an island in the middle, a bench, and a mural of Frida Kahlo in the background.

In East Harlem, Community Gardens Provide More Than Food

A new study looks at how these green spaces impact gardeners and their communities.

by |January 10, 2019

The Truly Serious Side of Roadkill

A new film how India’s fast-expanding road networks is fragmenting the few remaining refuges of many endangered creatures. The results are hard to watch.

by |January 8, 2019

Renewable Energy: What’s True, What’s False

A short, handy new guide from the Earth Institute cuts through the noise about renewable energy to lay out the facts about this politically charged subject.

by |January 7, 2019

The New House of Representatives Must Compel EPA to Enforce our Environmental Laws

We are at the end of two years witnessing the awful spectacle of an Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department more interested in exploiting natural resources than protecting them. But starting today, the unified control of the national government by President Donald Trump and his enablers has ended.

by |January 2, 2019

Advancing Sustainable Development in China

In Beijing, China, last month, the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management released its second annual report of the China Sustainable Development Indicator System.

by |December 21, 2018

Opening Up Sugar Contracts in Southeast Asia: An Interview with Golda Benjamin

A recent project by the Business & Human Rights Resource Center shows how OpenLandContracts.org can be used to strengthen advocacy around corporate accountability and good governance of natural resources.

A DSNY spreader is loaded with salt at one of the city's 42 salt sheds.

Cutting the Salt in Winter Road Maintenance

As the capital and environmental costs of road salt continue to mount, has the time come to ask whether we’re putting too much of it on our streets?

by |December 13, 2018
Road Salt Runoff Stains

How Road Salt Harms the Environment

Recent research indicates that salt is accumulating in the environment and poses an emerging threat both to ecosystems and human health.

by |December 11, 2018

Promoting but Regulating Electric Bikes in New York City

We need to be as creative in regulating new technologies and business models as the people who are making and selling these products and services.

by |December 10, 2018
circular economy panel discussion

What it Will Take to Create a Circular Economy

Building an economy based on reusing and repurposing products will require big transformations. Participants at a recent event outlined concrete steps on how we can move forward.

by |December 4, 2018