Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically.

However, many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure.

The challenges cities face can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. The future we want includes cities of opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.


We explore the industrial and political achievements in Uruguay that have resulted in 95 percent of the country’s energy coming from renewable sources.

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Conservation vs. Development

Delve into the tensions between preserving the natural environment and providing economic growth in the Galapagos Islands.

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Urban Asia: Models or Missteps?

We look at the different approaches to development in dense urban Asian ‘mega-cities” to determine if they are a solution for population growth or a dystopian future.

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Community Housing and employment

Work directly with TECHO, a youth led organization seeking to overcome poverty through the joint work of families and volunteers in Peru.

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Environmental Stewardship in the Modern Age

We engage with local communities working on issues of on land rights and conservation in Saguaro National Park in Arizona.

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