Abogo: Chicagoese for 'pay attention already'

How much do you spend on transport? New web app aims to show you

The cost of a home is easy to keep in mind. The cost of getting to and from it is not. A new web tool aims to shed light on transportation costs and nudge Americans …

no swimming

New Walk Score assumes you won’t swim to the grocery store

A great tool gets better.

A tale of two cities

Colorado Springs goes dark, Lexington goes bright

Dickens begins his novel with the famous line “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Were he writing today about the two American cities -- Lexington, Mass. and Colorado Springs, …

Water conservation on the wild frontier

Arid El Paso makes every drop count

Deep in the desert, El Paso has found a way to conserve its precious water. Despite a growing population, water usage has actually gone down.

El Paso alchemy: Make more water by using less

Wading into a water war between two countries and two states

Ed Archuleta, of the El Paso Water Utilities, had to figure out how to make water resources last while sharing them with Mexico and another state.

the manhattan project

Be more like Manhattan to save the earth, and don’t go halfway

The greenest place to live is a dense city like New York, David Owen argues in his book Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability. We chat …

Asphalt-y tours

Urban farms around America are breaking through concrete and hitting sustainable paydirt [SLIDESHOW]

From mid-May through July, Grist readers followed along as the Breaking through Concrete guys hit the highway to visit a couple dozen urban farms across America. Here, they sum up their trip and share some …

saving face by saving pace

Why won’t Team Obama save a clean-energy program from Fannie and Freddie?

The Obama administration has taken modest measures to help rescue a promising clean-energy finance tool, but it hasn't put its top people on the case. If it did, there's reason to think PACE could be …

Food not flowers

Smart city governments grow produce for the people

Civic-minded local government officials from Baltimore, Md., to Bainbridge Island, Wash. are ripping out camellias and planting chard that's free for the taking instead, reports Public Produce author Darrin Nordahl. Dig into the next installment …