Laurie Mazur

Laurie Mazur is the editor for the Kresge Foundation/Island Press Urban Resilience Project, which is working to advance a holistic, transformative approach to urban resilience in the era of climate change, grounded in a commitment to sustainability and equity. Laurie has written extensively about gender, health, and environment issues.

A guest view

How to get solar panels onto more affordable apartment buildings

The key is battery storage.

Fossil-free at last

What happens when an NAACP leader becomes a climate activist? Some really cool stuff

Kathy Egland, longtime civil rights campaigner, has helped to clean up coal pollution, encourage solar, and prepare communities for disasters.

Ready for the next one

How solar power can make affordable housing more resilient

Solar power with battery backup can be integrated into affordable housing at no net cost over the lifetime of a project, and it can help residents survive the next disaster.


The pope’s green message is about a lot more than climate change

Pope Francis' recent encyclical makes the case that meaning in life derives from how we treat each other and how we care for nature.

Climate & Energy

Meet Obama’s chief resilience officer

Harriet Tregoning, a rock star in the world of smart growth and urban planning, is now the head of HUD’s Office of Economic Resilience.


Is “resilience” the new sustainababble?

Resilience is an idea with potentially transformative power -- but we need to make sure it isn't co-opted by big business and the forces of the status quo.

7 Billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series

Women’s rights are key to slowing population growth

The best way to slow growth is ensuring that people can make choices about childbearing. But fertility rates remain high where women's status is low.

7 Billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series

Women, population, and the age of the ‘Black Swan’

World population doubled in the last half-century to nearly 7 billion people. To address population growth, we need to advance and secure women's rights.