Linda Baker is a GOVERNING contributor. She is a Portland, Oregon-based journalist who covers urban sustainability for a number of publications. Her website is

August 31, 2011

The Logging Industry and Conservationists Partner to Restore Forests

After decades of fighting, forestry stakeholders have a reconciliation of sorts.
July 29, 2011

State Parks Seek Corporate Donors to Stay Open

One of the few remaining commercial-free zones in the country may need corporations to close budget gaps.
April 29, 2011

Reconstructing Building Codes for Greater Energy Efficiency

Governments are adopting new and strengthening existing building codes, hoping others will follow their lead.
March 31, 2011

Pollution Prejudice Against the Poor

Some critics charge that cap-and-trade plans discriminate against the poor.
February 1, 2011

New Strategies for Controlling Stormwater Overflows

With stormwater a major pollutant, cities are coming up with innovative "gray" and "green" ways to control its impact.
January 1, 2011

The Struggle to Implement Offshore Wind Farms

Offshore wind farms are on the cusp of becoming a serious source of energy for a host of states -- if they can only get those turbines in the water.
December 1, 2010

Weatherization Starting to Gain Steam

The federal weatherization program was bogged down in red tape, but it’s recovering.
June 30, 2010

Testing Urban Turbines

Reno, Nev., plans to study local wind patterns, assessing its power in the region.
December 31, 2009

Cities for Cycling Embrace European Street Designs

The past decade has been productive when it comes to making American cities bicycle-friendly. Dozens of cities hired staff designated as "bicycle coordinators." New York...
October 31, 2009

Energy Efficiency: The Stimulus Windfall

New Mexico's energy conservation and management division has about $2 million to spend in a typical year. So when Joanna Prukop heard about the $41 million of...
September 30, 2009

Compost: the Next Step in City Recycling Programs

Over the past decade, curbside yard debris and leaf collection programs have led to a dramatic increase in the amount of organic matter that is...
July 31, 2009

Green at City Scale

Over the past decade, green building has moved out of the fringe and into the mainstream. LEED Gold and Platinum buildings are becoming commonplace in...