Magazine
Building a More Sustainable West, One City at a Time
  • Digital Editions are available for our paid subscribers. Please login here.

  • If you wish to subscribe, click here.

January 20, 2014

In HCN’s second annual issue dedicated to the future of the West, we take a special look at urban sustainability. Packed with facts, figures, and uncommon narratives, this issue includes stories of new and surprising sustainability initiatives in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and more.

Feature

Is basic solar technology the key to an energy revolution?
Is basic solar technology the key to an energy revolution?
Plain old photovoltaic panels and innovations in energy storage and distributed generation could remake our electricity system.
The Vegas Paradox
The Vegas Paradox
In Sin City, excess and efficiency walk hand-in-hand.

Editor's Note

L.A. is here to stay
L.A. is here to stay
Why would any magazine editor include Los Angeles in a special issue on environmental sustainability?

Current

The shareable city: building a better legal foundation for urban sustainability
The shareable city: building a better legal foundation for urban sustainability
A conversation with a sharing economy guru.
A (very small) room with a view
A (very small) room with a view
Microhousing catches on in Seattle and other Western cities.
Phoenix tries to rise from the flames
Phoenix tries to rise from the flames
The Sunbelt city is one of the nation's most sweltering urban heat islands. But simple solutions to help cool it are at hand.
Building better homes in Indian Country
Building better homes in Indian Country
Tribes use green building to address housing shortages.
Will an apple a day keep the food desert away?
Will an apple a day keep the food desert away?
Reinventing the Garden of Eden in the Emerald City.
Oakland transforms waste to renewable energy
Oakland transforms waste to renewable energy
A wastewater treatment plant breaks new ground.
Social media startup cuts food waste
Social media startup cuts food waste
An online exchange puts previously unwanted produce to use.
From paradise paved to paradise saved?
From paradise paved to paradise saved?
New parking technologies and policies could mean less driving and less asphalt in cities.
Battling plasticulture
Battling plasticulture
An Oregon company turns plastic waste into fuel.

Essays

Brave new L.A.
Brave new L.A.
Los Angeles is an unlikely model of urban sustainability for the West and the world.
How Vancouver, B.C. became North America's smart-growth leader
How Vancouver, B.C. became North America's smart-growth leader
It wasn't visionary city officials; it was a movement to save the city's ethnic Chinese neighborhoods in the '60s.
Stopping deforestation, one pair of chopsticks at a time
Stopping deforestation, one pair of chopsticks at a time
HCN student essay contest winner.

Book Reviews

Las Vegas Periphery: Views from the Edge, by Laurie Brown and Sally Denton
Las Vegas Periphery: Views from the Edge, by Laurie Brown and Sally Denton
Photographs of where development and nature collide.

Heard Around the West

Oilfield workers on Facebook, dynamite in a sperm whale, and more.
Oilfield workers on Facebook, dynamite in a sperm whale, and more.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.
High Country News Classifieds
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Forever Our Rivers Foundation is searching for a driven and creative leader to build a movement, conserving and restoring America's rivers by helping customers find...
  • DEPUTY DIRECTOR
    Friends of Cedar Mesa is hiring a Deputy Director/COO who will have the overall responsibilities of general program management, staff management, financial & budget management,...
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSISTANT - (PART-TIME)
    High Country News, an award-winning media organization covering the communities and environment of the Western United States, seeks a part-time Customer Service Assistant, based at...
  • RURAL ACREAGE OUTSIDE SILVER CITY, NM
    Country living just minutes from town! 20 acres with great views makes a perfect spot for your custom home. Nice oaks and juniper. Cassie Carver,...
  • COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH ASSOCIATE
    Communications and Outreach Associate Position Opening: www.westernlaw.org/communications-outreach-associate ************************************************* Location: Western U.S., ideally in one of WELC's existing office locations (Santa Fe or Taos, NM, Helena,...
  • OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR AND BOOKKEEPER
    Posted: July 19, 2021 Application deadline: August 27 or until position is filled. Western Colorado Alliance for Community Action is seeking a fulltime Office Administrator...
  • COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
    Posted: July 15, 2021 Application deadline: August 21, 2021 or until position is filled Western Colorado Alliance for Community Action is seeking three full time...
  • A FIVE STAR FOREST SETTING WITH SECLUSION AND SEPARATENESS
    This home is for a discerning buyer in search of a forest setting of premier seclusion & separateness. Surrounded on all sides by USFS land...
  • CARPENTER WANTED
    CARPENTER WANTED. Come to Ketchikan and check out the Rainforest on the coast, HIke the shorelines, hug the big trees, watch deer in the muskeg...
  • AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT EDITOR
    High Country News (HCN) seeks an audience editor to attract and acquire new audiences and deepen engagement with them - in our newsletters, on our...
  • COMMUNITY MARKETER
    High Country News (HCN) is looking for a Community Marketer to build and strengthen relationships between HCN and other organizations and individuals, with the aim...
  • FINANCE & OPERATIONS MANAGER
    Job Announcement: Finance and Operations Manager Announcement date: July 16, 2021 Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and first review will begin: August...
  • DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    Job Announcement: Development Director Announcement date: July 16, 2021 Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and first review will begin: August 9, 2021...
  • HECHO POLICY AND ADVOCACY MANAGER
    Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO) was created in 2013 to help fulfill our duty to conserve and protect our public lands for...
  • HECHO NEW MEXICO SENIOR FIELD COORDINATOR
    Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO) was created in 2013 to help fulfill our duty to conserve and protect our public lands for...
  • IDAHO STATE DIRECTOR
    The Wilderness Society is seeking a full time Idaho State Director who will preferably be based in Boise, Idaho. This position is part of our...
  • CAUCASIAN OVCHARKA PUPPIES
    Strong loyal companions. Ready to protect your family and property. Proven against wolves and grizzlies. Imported bloodlines. Well socialized.
  • DEPUTY DIRECTOR
    The Nature Conservancy in Alaska is dedicated to saving the lands and waters on which all life depends. For more than 30 years, TNC has...
  • STAFF ATTORNEY, CLIMATE AND ENERGY PROGRAM
    STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION OPENING https://westernlaw.org/career-opportunity-climate-energy-staff-attorney/ ************************************************** Position Title: Climate and Energy Program Staff Attorney Reports to: Climate and Energy Program Director Location: Helena, Montana; other...
  • STAFF ATTORNEY, WILDLANDS AND WILDLIFE PROGRAM
    STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION OPENING https://westernlaw.org/career-opportunity-wildlands-staff-attorney/ ************************************************** Position Title: Wildlands and Wildlife Program Staff Attorney Reports to: Wildlands and Wildlife Program Director Location: Portland or Eugene,...