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Year in Review

December 21, 2011

As the year winds to a close, the always helpful Grist has published a wrap-up of the biggest city-related

Ice Skating in Downtown Chicago, (c) MMD

environmental stories of the year. While biodiversity isn’t given much of a mention (or really any mention), it is a great summary of what happened this year in the quest for sustainable cities. Perhaps their biggest point is that cities are acting as agents for change, while change on the national front is slow in coming. We’ve seen this with the explosion of urban agriculture on a local level, climate change agreements signed by mayors, and the growth of bike-sharing programs, just to name a few examples.

What I hope to see happen in 2012 is an increased emphasis on urban biodiversity as well — it’s good for people and good for the planet, a theme that is in keeping with the growing urban renaissance in America.

Happy Holidays and a very happy New Year, everyone!

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