Author Archives: Gary Chandler

About Gary Chandler

Gary Chandler is a health, environment and sustainability author and strategist.

Urban Forestry An Emerging Priority For Universities, Cities

Need Policies To Stop Urban Deforestation, Promote Reforestation A multi-state team from universities in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland are working to advance the profession of urban forestry. The team led by researchers at Virginia Tech has launched Urban Forestry … Continue reading

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Cities Tackling Heat Island Effect

Strategies Can Improve Air Quality, Resiliency A survey of North American cities by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Global Cool Cities Alliance found that confronting the challenges of extreme weather, adapting to a changing climate, and improving the health and … Continue reading

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U.S. Mayors Pass Climate Change Resolution

Political Momentum For Change If Nothing Else A bipartisan group of mayors from across the U.S. passed a resolution Monday that green lights projects to tackle climate change. The group approved a resolution at the U.S. Conference of Mayors event … Continue reading

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Rooftop Gardens Help Mexico City Fight Air Pollution

Plants Cleaning The Air, Sheltering Buildings In a sheltered corner of one of the greatest megacities on Earth, there is a place where lizards careen around tree trunks, butterflies drink nectar from vermillion flowers and hummingbirds whisk the heavy air … Continue reading

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Obama Announces Billion-Dollar Climate Change Challenge

Plan Lacks Substance, Vision Speaking at the commencement ceremony at the University of California Irvine on Saturday, President Barack Obama continued his advocacy to curb carbon emissions by committing $1 billion in competitive funding measures to address the effects of extreme weather, … Continue reading

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Johannesburg First C40 City To Issue Green Bonds

Strong Support For Sustainability Projects The City of Johannesburg is proud to announce that today we had a successful auction of the first green bond COJGO1 maturing in 2024. The bond of R1.46 billion is priced at 185 basis points … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Investing $50 Million To Defend Coastlines From Rising Sea Level

Grants Available To Cities, Towns The Patrick Administration has announced a grant program to reduce or eliminate risks associated with coastal storms, erosion and sea level rise through natural and nonstructural approaches called green infrastructure. The grants, available to cities, towns … Continue reading

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Urban Natural Resources Demand Cooperative Governance

Sustainable Cities Require Inclusive Planning By Harini Nagendra, Bangalore From my office, on the 9th floor of a tall building in an academic campus in Bangalore, I have a birds-eye view of the city’s peri-urban surroundings. To the west, I can see a … Continue reading

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Cities Sued By Insurance Company Over Climate Change

Failure To Prepare For Heavier Rainfall Leads To Landmark Case Last month, Farmers Insurance Co. filed nine class-action lawsuits arguing that local governments in the Chicago area are aware that climate change is leading to heavier rainfall but are failing … Continue reading

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Sea Level Rise Will Reshape Coastal Cities

Rising Tides Will Sink Major Cities Armed with new data from the University of California Irvine and NASA, Climate Central highlighted previously released data and images this week to show how an unstoppable melting Antarctic glacier will impact the U.S. The rapidly … Continue reading

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