Sustainability

164 articles

Technology and Tenacity: The Right Time for Transformational Change

We are an industry of industries. But we all want the same things — cleaner cities and safer roads. Working together is how we get them.

I have one big problem with predictions: They’re wrong more than they’re right. In 1957, Popular Mechanics predicted that in 10 years, by 1967, you’d be able to order a light truck that would fly using fans. In 2013, futurists said self-driving vehicles would be standard by 2018. The reason these were wrong — and […]

Finding the Path to a Zero-Emissions Future

It’s not a matter of if, but when zero-emissions technologies will become the new normal.

Are we heading toward a future where all trucks and buses have no emissions? The answer is a resounding yes. The next question? What is the fastest way to get there? CALSTART, a national nonprofit consortium where I serve as CEO, worked with the California Air Resources Board to identify eight vehicle segments where zero-emissions […]

Sustainable Logistics at Sea

To create a greener future, we must get serious about moving goods more efficiently at sea.

In our interconnected world and rapidly changing operating environments, one logistical workhorse has remained a constant: sea freight. Despite drones buzzing in the sky, the construction of Hyperloop tracks and fluctuating air freight prices, our world’s seas remain the most cost effective means of bulk intercontinental transport. The fact is, approximately 90 percent of global trade […]

Bringing Home the Gold

Smart reuse of Olympics infrastructure could launch a sweeping urban revival.

The Olympics have left a mixed legacy when it comes to the impact felt on host cities in the aftermath of the event. The inaugural modern Games were held in Athens in 1896, and since then, few host cities have managed to reuse game infrastructure well. The Beijing National Stadium, built for the 2008 Summer Olympics, has struggled to […]

4 Ways Cities Can Build More Climate-Resilient Neighborhoods

Urban planners too often exclude those must vulnerable to the dangers of climate change. Here's how to make the dialogue more inclusive.

As 21st century cities continue to grow, their capacities to adapt, learn and transform need to increase as well, especially in vulnerable neighborhoods. Cities are key players in the global movement to address the threats posed by climate change. Cities around the world can thrive when they invest in climate-resilient infrastructure, information management systems and risk-reduction […]