Halina Brown: “Sustainable consumption and wellbeing on a modest carbon footprint: Penn South, an affordable urban community in New York City”

In my July 9 post, I proposed that one-way cities might ameliorate the detrimental effects of extreme income inequality, while also avoiding the inevitable increase in greenhouse gas emissions that accompanies higher income, is to provide affordable services and amenities. Affordable housing is a great place to start and it is an opportunity for municipalities Read more about Halina Brown: “Sustainable consumption and wellbeing on a modest carbon footprint: Penn South, an affordable urban community in New York City”[…]

Is sustainable consumption compatible with increasing the income among the poor and the middle class?

I recently attended a workshop convened by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, USDN, on the topic of sustainable consumption. One of the issues that repeatedly came up was how to address income inequality while also promoting sustainable consumption. To pursue either of these two big questions is a big undertaking already, but the two together Read more about Is sustainable consumption compatible with increasing the income among the poor and the middle class?[…]

Halina Brown: “Losing ground to big houses”

My home city of Newton, Massachusetts, likes to think of itself as green. We have a high recycling rate, shun the use of chemicals to control pests, support community gardens, take an aggressive stance toward water management, advocate for solar roof installations, and recently we even banned the use of plastic shopping bags in supermarkets. Read more about Halina Brown: “Losing ground to big houses”[…]

To Travel or Not To Travel?

My carbon footprint from air travel is larger than it should be. In a typical year, I cross the Atlantic twice, cross the US from coast to coast once, and take several shorter trips within the US and Europe, with occasionally added side excursions to exotic places. Those side excursions usually happen when Philip and Read more about To Travel or Not To Travel?[…]

Halina Brown: “Happier with a smaller income?”

I am approaching the stage in my life when I need to plan for my retirement. So recently I talked to my financial advisor Jason at TIAA (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association), which is a very large retirement fund for people working in academic, research, and medical fields. TIAA will provide me with a big Read more about Halina Brown: “Happier with a smaller income?”[…]

Halina Brown: “Sustainable Consumption in Style”

I read in the most recent issue of New Yorker about this fellow Peter Adeney who lives a happy life of extreme frugality and small carbon footprint. His point is that this is not deprivation but rather liberation (he retired at age 30). Great idea. But here is my question: Why is it that people Read more about Halina Brown: “Sustainable Consumption in Style”[…]

Crash landing at Schiphol Airport

Schiphol airport in Amsterdam used to be my favorite large city international airport. It offered a quiet lounge furnished with couches, a children playing area with soft pads and cushions, a room for praying, which was an oasis of tranquility, and even a small art gallery featuring selections from Rijksmuseum. I always thought: Oh, the Read more about Crash landing at Schiphol Airport[…]