Could Floating Cities Help Us Adapt to Climate Change?

Will the smart cities of the future float? One California nonprofit partnering with French Polynesia says such communities could soon be the reality. But critics question the motive behind the development of offshore cities, fearing they could become tax havens for the rich.

Pushing Urban Density: The Answer to Global Warming?

A new report suggests urban density does more than cut greenhouse gas emissions by reducing transportation needs. All aspects of residents’ lifestyles become more sustainable in denser neighborhoods.

Looking to the Future of Sustainable Cities

Joel Oerter, an MBA candidate at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, was one of hundreds of students to attend the 2016 Net Impact conference in Philadelphia. As we look to the role sustainability will play in 2017 and beyond, Oerter reflects on urban development conversations from the conference and how they may shape our future.

SPECIAL SERIES: How Sustainability at Home Goes Beyond

Building Tomorrow’s Eco-Home

How will tomorrow’s perfect eco-home look? With today’s record-low solar costs, it’s a pretty fair bet it will employ PV panels. But renewable energy isn’t the only defining characteristic of a sustainable home, points out Martha Bohm, assistant professor to University at Buffalo’s Department of Architecture.

Are Smart Cities Really ‘Smart?’

We’ve come a long way over the last two centuries, and our cities grew with us — from the age of ports, to industrial hubs, to tech giants. Now, a new generation of cities are being born — the smart city. But are they living up to their expectations?

In Los Angeles, A New Approach to Marine Science

A new collaborative in Los Angeles aims to create “an ocean that will sustain future generations.” And it’s not a pie-in-the-sky concept — it taps into a $1.3 trillion “blue economy” experts say will only continue to grow.

Trump’s Border Wall and Labor Costs

If Donald Trump gets his way and he builds that wall, or even succeeds in only launching his other immigration ideas, wages across many sectors could rise in the short term. Employment opportunities, however, could shrivel, and the fact is that manufacturing jobs are not coming back to the U.S.

Polar Vortex 2 Poses Climate Change Risks, Business Opportunities

A study published last week in the journal Nature suggests this upcoming winter could have a dramatic impact across the world’s northern regions. While gas bills will rise, increasing organizations’ global warming impact, there are business opportunities to be had as well.