Gentrification of the Strip Mall

Read the full story in Atlantic Cities. There is little question that suburban strip malls represent an unsustainable architecture. Totally automobile-dependent, marked by large surface parking lots, and remarkably inefficient at using land, strip malls generate much more pollution and consume much more in the way of resources on a per capita basis than do …

Insight: regional climate models are not completely reliable

Read the full story at EnvironmentalResearchWeb. There is a great demand for climate information on the local scale – how will the mean and extremes change in my town over the next 10 to 100 years? The answer is provided using climate models, which are mathematical representations of our knowledge of the climate system. These are …

States, firms fill chemicals leadership void left by feds

In this GreenBiz article, the most recent in the P2 Pathways series, author Ken Zarker from Washington State Department of Ecology's Pollution Prevention and Regulatory Assistance Section, discusses the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 and how its beneficial to look at lessons learned from states action on chemicals management to help craft a workable national solution. …

Ski industry demands action on climate change

Read the full story at GreenBiz. A study authored by University of New Hampshire researchers Elizabeth Burakowski and Matthew Magnusson and published last December warns that if winter temperatures continue to warm significantly, the winter tourism industry could disappear completely in many areas of the U.S. Legislators continue to drag their feet in addressing what is the …

Nike, Adidas and others aim for less toxic supply chains

Read the full story at GreenBiz. In 2004, a group of forward-thinking fashion and athletic brands with restricted substances lists (RSLs) -- featuring major players Adidas, C&A, Gap, Levi’s, Marks & Spencer and Nike -- formed an industry working group with the aim of reducing the use and impact of harmful substances in the apparel …