January 16, 2018
Hardly any of it is being recycled now. But with California leading the way, there are signs of real progress.
November 13, 2017
As they increasingly understand that they're in the mobility business, some agencies are making the most of innovative approaches.
October 9, 2017
Aiming to build an efficient, sustainable and multi-modal transportation system, Tempe, Ariz., is taking a particularly comprehensive approach.
September 11, 2017
Predictions for their widespread adoption and the impacts they will have vary wildly. It will be up to government to sort out the issues.
August 14, 2017
To preserve their communities' economic and social wellbeing, leaders will need to manage an endless cycle of technological disruption.
July 10, 2017
Its ports and freight system account for a significant portion of its air pollution. Will aggressive new state and regional efforts once again serve as a model for the nation?
June 12, 2017
With a bottom-up approach, Detroit is making surprising progress toward turning around its neighborhoods.
May 8, 2017
In planning for an autonomous-vehicle future, governments need to pay attention to the broader picture.
April 10, 2017
New green certification programs give communities the flexibility to set their own goals and targets.
March 13, 2017
Interest is growing in approaches that look for redundancies to overcome infrastructure's risks and vulnerabilities.
February 13, 2017
Sales are lagging in the proving ground of California. But maybe it's too early to be keeping score.
January 17, 2017
Networked alternatives for getting around are about to redefine our cities as much as the horseless carriage did a century ago.
November 22, 2016
Planning that doesn't account for technology's exponential impact will be off the mark.
October 25, 2016
Technology is boosting the idea of a zero-waste framework in which everything is used, reused and recovered.
September 27, 2016
Legislation it passed a decade ago has produced significant gains without wrecking the state's economy. A new law holds promise for accelerating those gains.
August 23, 2016
Fights over payments and charges for rooftop solar are getting a lot of attention, but the underlying issue is deeper and broader.
July 26, 2016
We ought to be doing what many other countries are doing: making far more use of public-private partnerships for infrastructure.
June 28, 2016
Once derided as the world's least environmentally sustainable city, Phoenix is in the midst of a remarkable transformation.
May 24, 2016
With the technology maturing and public support growing, it's looking more and more realistic.
April 26, 2016
Technology has a role in moving toward a goal of zero waste, but so does the "soft" infrastructure of citizen activism and effective policies.
March 22, 2016
Ride-sharing and car-sharing are complicating life for transportation planners, not to mention automakers.
February 23, 2016
Policy and technology are driving innovation in the energy sector, and much of it is coming from the utilities themselves.
January 26, 2016
By linking environmental sustainability and economic growth, Charlotte is showing the way.
December 17, 2015
In guiding the transformation, governments need to be in the driver's seat.
November 23, 2015
As a new report makes clear, few of our urban areas are adapting to the changes that are revolutionizing the way we get around.
October 28, 2015
Regulating them will be a challenge for governments at all levels, but we're going to have to figure out how to do it.
September 23, 2015
As new ways of buying and selling energy emerge, the system of monopoly control is being challenged.
August 26, 2015
With everything increasingly connected, there is a growing awareness of new vulnerabilities.
July 29, 2015
Lancaster's effort to build a seamless, integrated energy infrastructure points the way to long-term robustness and sustainability.
June 24, 2015
To attract young professionals, cities increasingly are going to have to think multi-modal.
May 27, 2015
Los Angeles is leading the way with a dashboard that shows the public how the city is doing.
April 29, 2015
A project that was designed to study space colonization has lessons for communities on this planet.
March 25, 2015
A new report covering the national capital area could serve as a template for other regions to engage the public and deal with funding gaps.
February 25, 2015
Public attitudes are shifting in favor of government action. What's playing out in Salt Lake City is worth watching.
January 28, 2015
Nowhere is that more true than within regions. It calls for an integrated approach to planning and funding.
December 22, 2014
Despite regional and local differences, officials from around the country see eye to eye on some important concerns.
October 27, 2014
Los Angeles' and California's efforts to cope with an ongoing drought highlight the need for a systems approach.
September 22, 2014
Government has a big role to play as we work to develop an intelligent, multimodal transportation system.
August 25, 2014
Looking to maximize its water resources, California is finding that better management and efficiency are key.
July 28, 2014
It will be technology that will enable "Cities 3.0" -- the transformation of metropolitan centers into hubs of innovation and entrepreneurship.
June 23, 2014
California is well along in an effort to transition to a environmentally friendly economy. Will the rest of America follow?
May 28, 2014
The food we don't eat gives us gas. But beyond renewable energy generation, organic waste holds the potential of big benefits for our communities.
April 18, 2014
A resource recovery rate of 100 percent may be a worthwhile goal, but there are plenty of challenges facing governments that want to achieve it.
March 25, 2014
Thanks to technology, the systems that run our cities are becoming more and more interconnected. But how we use those systems is always going to be guided by human intelligence.
February 24, 2014
In the midst of the worst drought on record, some California communities are showing that there's plenty that can be done.
January 27, 2014
A new initiative aims to provide a forum for public officials to talk about the future of their communities in an age of upheaval.
December 16, 2013
Unmanned aircraft are coming, and they will raise a lot of issues for local governments to sort out.
November 25, 2013
The city is well along in an effort to leave gasoline and diesel fuel behind and power its vehicles with cheaper, cleaner natural gas. The payoffs go beyond cost savings.
October 21, 2013
Sprawl has obliterated much of our neighborhoods' and communities' social infrastructure. The challenge is finding a new economic model that could turn that around.
September 23, 2013
Our one-way, hub-and-spoke model for delivering electricity dates back to the days of Thomas Edison. But disruptive technologies are enabling a new model that will transform utilities as we know them.
August 26, 2013
By reusing, recycling or composting everything possible, the Canadian city of Edmonton is on its way to reaching the seemingly impossible goal of diverting 90 percent of trash from landfills.
July 29, 2013
When the state stopped picking up litter on the highways, Bakersfield, Calif., found a sustainable way to get the job done -- and help the homeless in the bargain.
June 24, 2013
The ways we produce and distribute energy are going to change, with end users empowered much as in the world of computing. What we can't predict is when that will happen.
May 20, 2013
A new rating system aims to build sustainability considerations into the entire infrastructure process, from planning to implementation.
April 22, 2013
An engineering feat more than a century ago created a host of problems for communities that depend on Lake Michigan for their water. But those problems also present opportunities.
March 25, 2013
Excellent tools are available to monitor energy use across a community. Isn't it time for cities to be benchmarked against each other?
February 25, 2013
Governments are beginning to look at energy and other life-cycle costs in their purchasing. It's about more than saving money.
January 28, 2013
The way we light our streets can do more than save money for the taxpayers. It can contribute significantly to reducing air pollution.
January 14, 2013
Get a hands-on perspective on what it takes to start a citywide street lighting upgrade project. Governing Senior Fellow, Bob Graves interview with David Gassaway, management analyst, City of Rancho Cordova, California.