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Only Known If You Measure It: Local Food Creates Jobs, Improves Economy

Local food creates jobs - official

How do you measure the strength of a local food system? Healthy Harvest of North Iowa is a network of community stakeholders, growers and consumers covering nine counties in northern Iowa with a focus on promoting sustainability in the food system.[read more]

New BicyclAir Map App Measures Air Pollution for Cyclists in Montreal

Bike Route and Pollution Monitoring

A new app has been released that tells cyclists what air pollution levels are like in Montreal on their journey, while providing maps of cycle routes. Researchers at McGill University have developed an online interactive tool that will give cyclists information about the level of pollution on the exact path they wish to take.[read more]

Cape Town: The Day that Langa Opened Her Streets

May 6, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Open Streets in Cape Town

Thousands of residents across Cape Town recently flocked to Langa to walk its storied streets. Crime fears were allayed as visitors from the city’s more affluent suburbs walked the streets in safety. They form part of the Open Streets movement that fosters diverse community interaction in urban areas.[read more]

4 Strategies for Retail+Property Development Bringing Sustainable Transit-Oriented Districts to Chinese Cities

Shenzen, China, has been trialing strategies for financing transit infrastructure

China’s rapid urbanization has dramatically increased the need for public transit infrastructure. Here are four strategies for Retail + Property development being used to bring sustainable transit-oriented development (TOD) in Chinese cities.[read more]


How Vertical Farming Can Make You a Better Eater

May 5, 2015 by Evan Bromfield

Growing fresh, clean, and local produce that reduces pollution

Healthy, or sick, which would you choose? Though the data has been there for years, there is a growing awareness in America about how powerful the relationship between our diets and our health is. That’s obvious, but what might not be so obvious is how much easier it’s going to be to support that relationship.[read more]

Reconnecting People with Nature through Architecture and Design

May 5, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Putting Nature in View

Poorly conceived design divides us in urban areas from our wilds and has contributed to seeing nature as something isolated from us; this actually diminishes us. This post details how architecture and urban design can bring us back to nature, in schools, cities, workplaces and hospitals, with numerous benefits.[read more]

What Does Urbanism Actually Mean? Mike Lydon Explains

Tactical Urbanism is Mike's new book

For all the buzz that tactical urbanism has received in the past several years, there’s still a lack of public consensus about the movement’s exact meaning, impact, and potential for change. Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia, Principals of Street Plans Collaborative, take on these questions.[read more]

How Sustainable is the Vacation Resort of Your Choice?

May 5, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Sustainable Vacations and Resorts


Vacation spots do not have to be unsustainable and are rife with opportunities for improvement without compromising the patron experience. Architect Tyler Caine deconstructs one Mexican resort to see what are its hits and misses in taking care of the environment while maintaining customer comfort.[read more]

Mayor Faces Opposition in Fight Against Light Pollution in Quesnoy-sur-Deûle, France

Light Pollution in France

Should the street lights be turned off at night to save energy and reveal the night sky, or is it dangerous? A town in France is seeing this globally significant debate being played out in its own corridors of power. Some say it makes the streets unsafe, others that it is good for wildlife. Who can decide?[read more]

Is Tesla's Home-Powering Battery a Game-Changer?

May 4, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Tesla and Energy Innovation

Recently, Elon Musk announced something called the Powerwall home battery. Measuring about 3′ x 4′, the shield looking battery pack will charge using the electricity generated from solar panels (or from the grid when rates are at their lowest) and then power your home.[read more]

How Laws Around Retail Make Poor People Unhealthy

May 4, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Nutrition and Access

'Food deserts’ are made by supermarket chains. "Supermarkets are generally free to do business without any significant degree of regulation… the urban informal food economy… is regularly the target of control, regulation and draconian eradication policies" - Dr Jane Battersby.[read more]

How Street Food has Captured the Public Realm in Portland, Defying Planners

May 4, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Street Food in Portland

In Portland, Oregon, street food has become a phenomenon, growing in popularity over the last ten years. The result has been a transformation of the public realm, as well as many privately-owned spaces in our downtown and neighborhoods.[read more]

Student Organization Wins Award for Showing How to Promote Cycling

Student Cycling Expansion

A student organization that promotes green values including cycling, by offering cut-price bikerentals, has won an award that will let it develop its work. It also makes people aware of eco-citizenship and sustainable development, and promotes eco-mobility on campus.[read more]

Harnessing Youth Innovation: Are You Up for The Urban Challenge? Deadline in 4 Days

May 4, 2015 by Ivan Bruce

Jakarta Urban Challenge

The Jakarta Urban Challenge, run by Connect4Climate and the New Cities Foundation, allows young innovators to put their creativity into action to truly make a difference in their own city while also potentially having a global impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to help curb climate change. Results will be announced at this year's New Cities Summit.[read more]

Nature as the Textbook: A Review of Nelson's Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms

Outdoor Classrooms

Consider the instances of discovery you had as a child. Learning what plants need to grow, what it takes to build a fort, or how to protect yourself against rain, wind, and heat. There is something to be said about reading books about the four seasons and then seeing leaves change colors as summer turns to fall.[read more]

Commercial Kitchen Incubator Grows Small Food Start-Ups in California

Small Food Start-Ups

Starting a small food business isn’t easy; high start-up costs and strict regulations can prevent even the savviest of small food entrepreneurs from realizing their dream. If you live in California’s Coachella Valley, however, starting a small food business has gotten a bit easier.[read more]

ADVANCE: A Framework to Expand Access to Green Building for All

The US Green Building Council's New Program

The largest barrier to entry for many new audiences for green building is finding the right starting point for easily digestible, high-quality, credible resources and expertise. ADVANCE is a new framework for new, underserved organizations and communities wherever they are on the path to sustainability to assist them along that path.[read more]

Road Construction: A Sustainable Use for 'Trash Ash?'

May 3, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Trash Ash Recycling

I still struggle with burning trash as a form of “renewable” energy. While this approach does reduce landfill waste, and extracts energy without drilling or mining, it does create its own byproducts. While we tend to focus on emissions, ash is another resulting material that ends up in landfills.[read more]