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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]

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]

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]

Urban Ireland: Dublin in 2007

May 3, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

City Life in Dublin

In 2007, I spent the summer working in Dublin, Ireland for a boutique real estate consulting firm. At the time, they were working with a number of agencies on the development of masterplanned communities, as well as on specific development projects. Real estate was booming and everyone wanted to be a part of it.[read more]

Report Shows Link Between Obesity and Lack of Supermarket Access in Michigan

Michigan Food Desert Impacts

Hunger very often hits children, who need nutrition to learn and develop, the hardest. Wanting to help solve this problem in Michigan, The Food Trust recently released a report outlining the scope of the problem and recommendations for an action plan.[read more]

Restoring Harbor City's Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park into an Ecological Oasis

Harbor City Restoration

Growing up in the housing projects of Harbor City, California, several of my childhood memories took place in the Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. However, the last time that I visited this park—about three years ago—it had greatly deteriorated.[read more]

When Doing Time in A Prison Garden Means Redemption

May 2, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Prisoners can find gardening a redeeming occupation

For Katherine Cannella, Assoc. ASLA, who graduated with a master’s of landscape architecture from the University of Virginia in 2014, prison gardens offer an opportunity to create places to heal for those who must spend time outside of society. She wants to use landscape approaches to engage all members of the public, including those at the margins.[read more]

A Photo-Tour of Lagos Island: How Tourism, History and Commerce Can Coexist

May 2, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Exploring Lagos Island

Take a photo tour of Lagos Island, the historical heart of Lagos banking and commerce district & home of Nigeria's largest market. The buildings alone within this area are a display of Nigerian history, from the birth of Lagos (around 1300-1400 CE) till today. Despite all the history that encompasses this island, it is rarely visited for this purpose.[read more]

Friday Fun: Three Apps That Help You Connect with Your City

Cities and Technological Connections

Different technologies—including mobile phone apps—are enabling strangers to connect with each other in their neighborhoods for this purpose. They are empowering individuals to share knowledge, goods, and services—creating real human interaction in economic exchanges that used to be faceless.[read more]

Minneapolis, Minnesota's Historic Stone Arch Bridge Offers a Story of Revitalization

Revitalizing Urban Landmarks

The Stone Arch Bridge spans 2,100 feet across the width of the Mississippi River and connects the East Bank near the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus to downtown Minneapolis. Completed as a railway bridge in 1883, this structure has remained an iconic beacon of Minneapolis for over a century.[read more]