Our blog follows people and projects in the broad civic work of sustainability and resilience, as well as relevant policy issues and debates. We aim to introduce our readers to some of the more innovative and interesting practitioners, and to provide links to further exploration of their work.

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Carmen Sirianni
Ann Ward

Environmental Protection Network maps path forward at EPA

This past August, a bipartisan network of more than 500 former career employees and political appointees at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who have served under multiple Democratic and Republican administrations, issued an extraordinarily thoughtful and timely report calling for a major course correction at the agency. The report, Resetting the Course of EPA: Recommendations from the Environmental Protection Network, calls for EPA to reaffirm its commitment to fully protect public health and the environment free from political interference. While its detailed recommendations range over science, economics, enforcement, budget, workforce, and international cooperation, it locates civic engagement, collaboration, and environmental justice as core values that should be driven still further into agency practices.

Joel Mills

An Urban Reality Check: Lessons Learned from COVID-19

To paraphrase revolutionary leader Thomas Paine, these are the times that try our souls. A global pandemic is sweeping our communities and leaving destruction in its wake. As the death toll mounts and the cascading impacts on our economic and social health become apparent, it is hard not to feel a sense of despair. Everyone across the globe – all of us – have suddenly been thrust into a shared experience that both unites humankind and forces consideration of where we are as a society. If ever there were a time for reflection and an assessment of our collective well-being, it is now. We have reached a moment of reckoning.

Carmen Sirianni
Peter Levine
Ann Ward

Welcome to Civic Green!

Today we are launching a new project that has emerged from the work of many innovative civic activists, teachers, students, and professionals in the U.S. who are committed to more democratic, sustainable, and just communities in a time of climate crisis. We are calling this project CivicGreen because its resources for learning and practice extend across a very broad range of arenas where civic engagement intersects with green innovation in communities and ecosystems, institutions and policy.