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Christine Cepelak

Christine Cepelak is an emerging sustainability and corporate social responsibility professional in the Dallas, Texas area. Interested in how communities can facilitate connection, well-being, and equality, she has spent time serving on location in an Indian orphanage, applying community development principles in East Dallas, and investigating the cutting edge of sustainability practices in Denmark. With an academic background in International Political Economy, she hopes to bring the value of poli-economic context and social consequence to the forefront of sustainable urban development conversation.

Hacking the City: "Explore Everything" Book Review

by Christine Cepelak

There is a feeling among many people that the city is built for others, that we may look at it but may not touch it, the spatial equivalent of an artifact in a glass case in a museum. (162) Explore Everything documents ... Read article

Farewell to The Grid from Christine Cepelak in Dallas, Texas

by Christine Cepelak

If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write. – Martin Luther King, Jr. Already active in the sustainability, urban development, and poverty realms of Dallas, Texas, I consistently encountered inspiring... Read article

Cycle or Psycho Paths: Ft. Worth, Texas’ New Bike Share

by Christine Cepelak

Is there room for a bike share in a largely car-dependent area? With the exception of a few dense areas, North Texas is notorious for its sprawl and car-dependency. Despite Dallas activists working to tear down a high... Read article

LEED in Dallas, Texas: Focus on Buildings and Missing the Urban Connection?

by Christine Cepelak

Can urbanism separate itself from the imperative of climate change? In North Texas, walkable areas become oases of activity in the expanse of suburban development. Areas such as The Shops at Legacy in Plano, and the ... Read article

Dallas, Texas' Great Trinity Forest

by Christine Cepelak

Dallas’ hybrid reputation of urban cowboy-ism has its roots reinforced by preserved open prairie land, south of its downtown area limits. Home to the Trinity River and largest urban hardwood forest in the United States, ... Read article

What Makes a Great City? Texas Suburb Receives "Best Managed" City Award

by Christine Cepelak

When contemplating the "city," one often imagines the iconic megalopolis of their respective culture - Americans draw upon New York, Francophiles refer to Paris, etc. To our benefit, many of these cities even convenientl... Read article

Book Review: 'Rebel Cities' by David Harvey

by Christine Cepelak

David Harvey is unabashedly political in his book Rebel Cities, published in 2012. He roots urban planning firmly in the realm of human rights and draws a distinct ‘line in the sand’ between cities which honor the rights... Read article

Why Dallas, Texas was named the USA's Worst City for Cycling

by Christine Cepelak

In 2012, Bicycling Magazine named Dallas, Texas the worst city for cycling for the second time. The lowest percentage of cyclists in the country and the lack of a single bike lane played a major role in the decision, but... Read article

Book Review: 'Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change'

by Christine Cepelak

Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change is an extended summary of Peter Calthorpe’s thought leadership in the areas of urban planning and its impacts on the surrounding environment. Arguing the holistic nature of planning ... Read article

The Country’s Largest Light Rail System

by Christine Cepelak

City life in many places is synonymous with using public transportation- especially rail systems. However, when it comes to measuring the stretch of light rail miles, Dallas, Texas takes the top spot. The city has the lo... Read article

Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges Spurs Sustainable Higher Education

by Christine Cepelak

The Princeton Review has added another tool in it’s arsenal for higher education applicants: a guide to environmentally-friendly schools. On the list of the ‘Guide to 322 Green Colleges,’ is a school in the Dallas-Ft. Wo... Read article

Above the Freeway, Dallas' Klyde Warren Park Celebrates One Year

by Christine Cepelak

Texas is full of clichés. From “Everything’s bigger in...” to the familiar cowboy caricature, Texas is synonymous with a culture that characteristically ostentatious and southern. Maybe more than any of the state’s othe... Read article