Knope And Change

Phish Food for thought: Even Burlington can get greener

Burlington, Vt., is the land of socialist senators and Ben & Jerry’s. But sustainability chief Jennifer Green says the town still has its work cut out for it.

Can you green a ghost town? Lauren Riga of Gary, Ind., is going to try

Gary, Indiana: It’s not all Music Man. The sustainability chief tells us what it’s like doing environmental work in a shuttered, post-apocalyptic town.

Sustainability doesn’t happen overnight, says Santa Monica’s Shannon Parry

Santa Monica couldn't have gotten so green without an engaged community, says its assistant director of sustainability. Solar-powered ferris wheels don't hurt, either.

Flagstaff sustainability chief Nicole Woodman keeps a cool head as temperatures rise

It’s one thing to paint the town green if you live in left-leaning, eco-conscious climes. It’s another story altogether if you live in Arizona.

Southern sustainability: Asheville’s Maggie Ullman says her city is greener than you think

The manager of Asheville, N.C.’s sustainability office talks about her Twitter profile, making sustainability pay, and how her city is blowing Portland out of the water.

Philadelphia’s Katherine Gajewski is turning a gritty city green

Philadelphia's sustainability director talks about overflowing sewers, making climate change a central part of city government, and her city’s lovely bones.

Knope and change: A tribute to the women of urban sustainability, inspired by Parks and Rec

In the first of our series about the women who are leading the fight to make cities more green, Minneapolis Sustainability Director Gayle Prest talks about putting beehives on city hall, the Asian carp invasion, and her Spandex-free approach to …