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Guardians of the Forests:
How should an indigenous community in eastern Bolivia defend their land and forests?
Struggles over ‘Science’:
What is the role for science in community forestry in Nepal?
Assembling Our Transportation Future:
How could policies in the early 20th century have shaped more sustainable transportation systems?
Reclaiming Wood, Lives, and Communities:
How do we turn a waste stream into an asset that revitalizes cities?
The Cost of Sustainable Palm Oil:
Should an Indonesian smallholder farmer get RSPO certified?
Which is the winning strategy for biodiversity and forest conservation by a private foundation?
The All-Too-Common Reed :
How can an urban wildlife refuge sustainably manage the invasive reed Phragmites?
Green vs. Gray:
What is the best path to sustainable stormwater management in Washtenaw County?
Dioxane Plume Pollution:
Who should deal with the groundwater contamination in a university town?
A Radioactive Decision:
Should DTE Energy build a new nuclear reactor in Michigan?
Futures of Conservation Funding:
Can Indonesia sustain financing of the Bird’s Head Seascape?
Farming in Motown:
Is the future of Detroit food provisioning and access home-grown?
What is the solution to Ghana’s e-waste dilemma?
Should we hunt gray wolves in Michigan?
La Guerre des Loups :
Devrions-nous chasser le loup gris en Michigan?
Controlled Dam Removal:
Dammed if you do, dammed if you don’t: should Pellston remove its historic dam?
Smarting over Smart Meters:
Does smart grid technology have a home in Maryland?
Coping with Cocoa Complications:
How do economic factors impact land usage decisions of Ghanaian cocoa farmers?
How does Ethiopia plan to protect its communities from climate change?
Biofuels: Beneficial or Bad?:
Should a Ghanaian chief sell his land for biofuel crop cultivation?
Distributed Energy Storage:
Can Tesla’s home battery help modernize Green Mountain Power’s grid?
Trials and Tributaries:
How do we foster collective action to protect and restore our environment?
Farming and Fishing the Wind:
Where should wind farms be sited, and who should decide?
Fueling the Energy Transition:
Can a Congolese community affordably electrify with renewable resources?
Reconciling conflicts between environmental protection and social equity :
What are the social implications of environmental land-use regulations?
Safe drinking water, clean air
Pollution par le panache de dioxane:
Qui devrait s'occuper de la contamination des eaux souterraines dans une ville universitaire?
Management of Three Lakes in Yunnan, China:
How can ecological protection and "human-centered" development be balanced?
Which infrastructure is best for the Brazilian Pantanal?
Los guardianes de los bosques:
¿Cómo debería una comunidad indígena en el este de Bolivia defender sus tierras y bosques?
Urbanizing the Eternal City:
How did the ancient Romans adapt to and alter Rome’s landscape?
Great Lakes Climate Adaptation Network:
How can an adaptation network sustain effective partnerships for climate adaptation?
Community Resource Rights' Titles :
Better Livelihood, Better Ecology - a case study in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra
What's Wrong With Tanzanian National Parks?:
To Balance Out the Voices Surrounding Arusha National Park
Water privitization in cochabamba, Bolivia:
The Water War
future of global trade in jeopardy:
Can the Panama Canal Expansion Project Survive Global Warming?
Bioprospecting in Chiapas, Mexico: MAYA ICBG Project:
At what point does Bioprospecting turn into Biopiracy?
The Mighty Snake River:
How do we hold our government accountable to nature?
Green Earth or Green Money:
Are there enough aspects of the Keystone XL Pipeline that benefit the locals to outweigh the damage it does to their lands?
United Fruit Company's Struggles With Sustainability :
How could United Fruit Company have sustainably managed the agro-ecosystems of banana plantations while meeting the demands of a growing mass market?
Indigenous Rights and Resource Development:
How can the Nentsy people in Russia's far north take action to influence the development of natural resources in the region?
The Northern sea route:
What is the Northern Sea Route and why is it important to development in Russia's Arctic region?
Zero Waste NYC:
How can large cities like New York City divert waste from landfills in a sustainable and equitable manner?
Challenges of redesigning transportation infrastructure to meet urban needs:
How has the Sheridan Expressway reshaped the South Bronx?
Zero Net Energy Buildings:
How effective has Cambridge, MA been in creating a net zero energy community?
Capetown Water crisis:
Can one "Day Zero" prevent another?
Urban Green Space: The Monon Trail, The Cultural Trail, & Gentrification:
How can the cities provide dynamic and transformative urban green spaces without contributing to gentrification?
Revisiting the Three Gorges Dam:
Should China continue to build dams on the Yangtze River?
Can Michigan tart cherry growers adapt to a changing climate?
Blue Goes Green:
Can the largest stadium in the United States implement a successful Zero Waste Program?