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41 Articles by Amy Anaruk

Smart Growth vs. New Urbanism: The Changing Face of U.S. Communities

The 17th Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) just concluded here in Denver, a city that boasts one of the largest new urbanist development projects in the United States at Stapleton. Fittingly, the Denver metro area also lies at the forefront of this somewhat controversial movement, with five similar communities ... keep reading

Written by Amy Anaruk in June 2009, about Architecture, Art & Culture, Children and Families, Design, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Poverty & Development, Smart Growth (1 comment)

WANTED: A Patron for Sustainable Food (+ Video)

In a recent article on Grist, food editor and farmer/cook Tom Philpott draws parallels between danger signs of the financial collapse in this New Yorker article and the potentially disastrous problems facing us today in industrial food production and its effect on the environment and the global food supply ... keep reading

Written by Amy Anaruk in June 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Art & Culture, Consumerism, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Food, Health, Lifestyle & Behavior, Organic, Politics & Government

Chicks in the City: Why You Need Chickens in Your Backyard

Bill Niman, founder of Niman Ranch sustainable meats, and Nicolette Hahn Niman want the Obamas to add some chickens to the White House gardening venture: "Fueled by a desire to reconnect with the source of one's food, as well as to regain control over its safety and healthfulness, there ... keep reading

Written by Amy Anaruk in April 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Alternative, Cohousing, & Off-Grid Living, Children and Families, Food, Health, Lifestyle & Behavior, Organic (2 comments)

Growing Power Through Urban Farms

Grow healthy food within the very communities that need it most. It seems like a simple concept, but Will Allen's Growing Power in Milwaukee feels like a community food revolution. Allen, a former NBA draft pick and Proctor & Gamble executive, founded Growing Power to make good, clean produce easy ... keep reading

Written by Amy Anaruk in April 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Alternative, Cohousing, & Off-Grid Living, Children and Families, Consumerism, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Food, Health, Lifestyle & Behavior, Poverty & Development

The Power of Moms: Transforming Grassroots Environmentalism

Stories about moms turned activists resonate with me. Having a child with persistent asthma, after all, motivated me to start advocating for cleaner air and lower emissions through websites like this one. There is nothing quite like the mothering instinct kicked into overdrive and funneled into the effort to protect ... keep reading

Written by Amy Anaruk in April 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government (1 comment)

Kathleen Merrigan: Towards a Better U.S. Food Policy

President Obama's choosing Tufts University professor and organic advocate Kathleen Merrigan as the deputy secretary of agriculture has gone a long way towards appeasing sustainable food communities over Tom Vilsack's appointment as USDA head. At the same time, Merrigan's nomination is a strong first stroke towards crafting ... keep reading

Written by Amy Anaruk in April 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Consumerism, Food, Health, Industry & Business, Politics & Government (1 comment)

The Economy or the Environment? “Both” Say Half of Americans

A recent Harris poll of 2,848 adults in January lays a common misconception to rest by showing that Americans don't stop caring about environmental problems during challenging financial times. According to the research, half of Americans surveyed don't see a conflict between fixing the financial crisis and ... keep reading

Written by Amy Anaruk in March 2009, about Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Consumerism, Economics, Environment & Wildlife, Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Poverty & Development

Coal: Cleanup, Costs, and Consequences in Tennessee

A billion gallons of sludge. A possible $800 million price tag for the cleanup. A lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority. So far in Tennessee, this is just some of the fallout from the 300-acre Kingston Steam Plant coal ash spill in December as concerns over heavy metal pollution and ... keep reading

Written by Amy Anaruk in March 2009, about Coal & Oil, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environmental Disasters, Health, Industry & Business, Politics & Government

Park and Ride Confusion: Learning from Europe

As the U.S. House of Representatives just voted to increase transit funding in this country's stimulus bill from $9 billion to $12 billion, smarter, greener public transportation in America appears poised to blossom. Updating U.S. infrastructure is expected to be a massive, multi-faceted job, but a new ... keep reading

Written by Amy Anaruk in February 2009, about Economics, Politics & Government, Transport (1 comment)

Smart Urban Transportation II: Making Suburbs Car-Free

Increasing mass transit systems like light rail and rapid bus routes and making them work better within a framework that also includes pedestrian and bike traffic reduces the number of vehicles in cities to make them easier for everyone to navigate and live in. But with suburban sprawl such a ... keep reading

Written by Amy Anaruk in January 2009, about Design, Emissions, Energy Saving, Politics & Government, Population, Smart Growth, Transport, Travel (1 comment)

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