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The Sustainable

The Realm of Natural and Physical Health

The Endowment of “The Sustainable” acknowledges the importance of the active management of cities and urban space in order to enhance environmental and human well-being. A city that pursues sustainability supports local action on environmental policy and explores connections between its physical environment and its socioeconomic order.

Urban sustainability compels cities to rethink their daily operations and the terms of local political dialogue around the long-term prospect of resource management, the ability for resilience, and a flourishing biotic community.

To learn more about the Endowment of the Sustainable, download our research brief below.

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Walkability and the Thriving City

Aside from improvements to cardiovascular health, walking, particularly within one’s community, provides a myriad of benefits.

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A View from the Twin Cities

Is MSP really Greater? A brief look at the Human Ecology of Minnesota’s Twin Cities reveals tremendous upside along with numerous challenges.

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Confronting Climate Change, Rethinking the City

Overcoming our carbon dependence should be seen as an opportunity to rethink for the better an institution largely shaped by fossil fuel: our cities.

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About Thriving Cities

Learn about Thriving Cities through an animated overview of the project.

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The Triumph of the Farmers’ Market

The “sidewalk ballet” of the farmers’ market

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The Role of Faith Communities in the Flourishing City

Faith communities, their ministries and programs, and their congregants play a vital role in the health and vibrancy of our cities.

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Back to the City! Back to the Country!

One of the most salient features of the post–World War II suburb was its localization of the American middle class and its propagation of practices of mass consumption.

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There Goes the Neighborhood

For Marc J. Dunkelman, the verdict is clear: “The township, in essence, is dying.”

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Was there ever a truly natural city? The Byzantines thought so.

The Greeks believed humans could only achieve their full potential in the context of a city and perhaps no city built by Greeks aspired to this goal more enthusiastically than Constantinople. As a truly natural city, could this former Byzantine capital serve as a paradigm for sustainable urbanization and green growth in cities today?

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The Village Effect—An Interview With Susan Pinker

A more clever use of technology in cities would bring retired people together, for example, or allow municipalities to know exactly where their aging solo residents live, so that if there’s an environmental disaster such as a heat wave or a flood, teams can reach out to the isolated. The data-crunching can be done digitally, while the reaching-out can be done in person.

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