Climate & Energy

Western towns target coal companies over climate change

Ski towns in Colorado and Utah are seeking money to cope with climate change, and they think it should come from the coal industry.


What’s the greenest megacity? Hint: Not NYC

A look at megacity "metabolism" reveals how many resources these urban hubs devour and which ones could use a diet.


5 reasons there might be hope for Baltimore after all

This big-hearted city is showing the world that it may be down, but it's sure not out.


In Baltimore and Cleveland, a unique approach to reviving the inner city

These cities are building businesses around "anchor institutions" like hospitals and universities -- and providing much-needed jobs for local residents.

Not Your Father’s Environmental Plan

NYC mayor’s green plan fights poverty and pollution at the same time

Bill de Blasio aims to lift 800,000 people out of poverty while adding solar capacity, making buildings efficient, and cutting down on waste.


Why Baltimore is fighting for its life, again

A longtime local reflects on the raggedy pleasures of life in Charm City, aka Mobtown, and the tenacity of the people who live there.


The most (and least) polluted cities in America

The American Lung Association ranked cities according to their air pollution. Here’s the good news, and the bad.


Baltimore riots flared up in a toxic environment

A local youth activists says the enraged protesters’ “behavior is a result, or correlates with the environment that they live in.”

Little Boxes

Your wildest, tiniest house dreams could come true

SustainaFest is hosting an essay contest with a very pretty, very tiny house as the prize.