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Who needs Washington for environmental sustainability?

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Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt is trying to dismantle U.S. environmental rules at the same time that President Donald Trump is pretending that a 10-year, $200 billion infrastructure program is really $1.2 trillion. It’s easy to understand why America’s mayors are not counting on Washington to step up with the leadership or the resources needed to transition the country to a renewable resource-based economy.

With no help from the national government, what can cities do to respond to the global crisis of environmental sustainability?

They can do what they have always done and look to local communities, businesses, and resources to create sustainability partnerships. The examples of these initiatives are both numerous and inspirational.

A growing focal point of sustainable urban living is the now expansive “sharing economy.” Sharing has always been a part of urban life; we have long shared books in public libraries, nature in parks, and seats on the stoops of row houses. But in the past few years, cities have seen a significant revival and acceleration in sharing activity and innovation in the private sector. Over the past decade, for example, thousands of bike sharing stations have been installed in cities around the world, and the amount of bike commuting is growing rapidly. In New York City, there’s Citi Bike, a private company that operates under a franchise license from the city. With Citibank........

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