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California needs to rethink urban fire risk, starting with where it builds houses

By Max Moritz, University of California, Santa Barbara Wildfires raging across southern California are causing evacuations of many communities and have destroyed hundreds of structures this month. These fires follow the wind-driven Tubbs fire earlier this fall that blasted through densely urbanized neighborhoods in Northern California, causing dozens of fatalities and thousands of home losses. Read more about California needs to rethink urban fire risk, starting with where it builds houses[…]

Coastal protection on the edge: The challenge of preserving California’s legacy

By Gary Griggs,University of California, Santa Cruz and Charles Lester,University of California, Santa Cruz The California coast is an edge. It’s the place where 1,100 miles of shoreline meets the largest ocean on the planet. Many different forces collide there, and a lot of exciting things happen. The coast is a geological edge, zippered to Read more about Coastal protection on the edge: The challenge of preserving California’s legacy[…]

Schools and Sustainability: A Life Agenda

An Interview with Timothy Baird Timothy Baird, Ed.D. is the superintendent of the Encinitas Union School District and a member of the state’s Environmental Literacy Steering Committee. His district-wide efforts to implement sustainable practices and cultivate environmental stewardship have received statewide and national recognition, including a Green Ribbon District award from the U.S. Department of Read more about Schools and Sustainability: A Life Agenda[…]

Air pollution exposure may increase risk of dementia

By Caleb Finch, University of Southern California and Jiu-Chiuan Chen, University of Southern California Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that eventually strips sufferers of their ability to remember, communicate and live independently. By 2050, it is projected to affect nearly 14 million Americans and their families, with an economic cost of one trillion dollars Read more about Air pollution exposure may increase risk of dementia[…]

Dreaming the Future: How Zero Net Energy Design Can Transform the School Environment

By Reilly Loveland [Editor’s note: Reilly Loveland will be a presenter at a half-day Pre-Summit workshop on Zero Net Energy school retrofits on November 27, at the 2017 Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit in Pasadena, California. This session is open to all attendees at no cost. Details here.] While still nascent, the Zero Read more about Dreaming the Future: How Zero Net Energy Design Can Transform the School Environment[…]

Urban noise pollution is worst in poor and minority neighborhoods and segregated cities

Joan A. Casey, University of California, Berkeley Peter James, Harvard Medical School Rachel Morello-Frosch, University of California, Berkeley Most Americans think of cities as noisy places – but some parts of U.S. cities are much louder than others. Nationwide, neighborhoods with higher poverty rates and proportions of black, Hispanic and Asian residents have higher noise levels Read more about Urban noise pollution is worst in poor and minority neighborhoods and segregated cities[…]

Open Building: Creating Resilient, Adaptive Learning Environments

A conversation with Stephen Kendall (left) and John Dale Stephen Kendall, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Architecture for Ball State University. He has taught architectural design and urban design studios, and courses in building technology and design theory at all levels of professional curricula in several universities in the US, as well as in Taiwan, Italy, Indonesia, South Africa, Read more about Open Building: Creating Resilient, Adaptive Learning Environments[…]