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Named and Shamed: the Banks Most Responsible for Increasing Global Warming

October 31, 2014 by David Thorpe

The 'Banks Quit Coal' campaign needs you!

Can a city claim that it is working for sustainability if the bank it uses invests in the coal industry? A new report identifies the banks which contribute most to this climate-destroying activity, enabling public financiers to switch their business to clean banks.[read more]

New York City's Green SWAT Team

October 31, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

New York's Green SWAT

Sustainability requires new legislation, but it also requires compliance with laws and regulations. This was the message of Gina Bocra, chief sustainability officer; Emily Hoffman, director of energy code compliance; and Holly Savoia, director of sustainability enforcement, all with the New York City government.[read more]

How Providing Wi-Fi can Increase Mass Transit Ridership

October 31, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transit and Wi-Fi

The global rise of smartphone usage has a number of implications for mass transit. It can improve predictability of transport services through real-time tracking and crowdsourcing apps. Now, can Internet access encourage more people to switch from cars to mass transit?[read more]

San Francisco's Road to Zero-Waste: An Unthinkable Goal by 2020?

October 31, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Zero-Waste Goals

San Francisco recognized that the recycling of bottles and paper could no longer remedy the amount of waste being produced, so they initiated a zero-waste program. They have already set an example for cities across the nation by eliminating waste by 80%, but the goal is still 100% by the year 2020.[read more]

Voices of the City: Okuhle Magcaba

October 31, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Voices of the City

Voices of the City is a new, weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. This week we hear from Okuhle Mgcaba, who is a young creative who currently resides in Johannesburg. He writes for the eNca online platform and has an avid interest in art.[read more]

Riding the New Streetcar

October 31, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto's New Streetcar

 

Recently I rode Toronto’s new streetcar for the first time on my way home from Chinatown. I had been meaning to do it for weeks now, but this was my first opportunity. The experience was infinitely better than what you get today on our current streetcars.[read more]

The Other Side of the Growing Disconnect Between Where You Live and Work

October 30, 2014 by Jim Russell

Living and Working and Disconnection

When an economist models a regional real estate market, she or he will use regional wages as one of the variables. What households make will put a cap on what each can spend on shelter. What if money earned elsewhere continues to grab a growing share of property purchases?[read more]

The Food Deserts of Des Moines, Iowa: Limited Access in the Breadbasket of America

October 30, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Food Desert or Breadbasket?

In a state often referred to as “America’s Breadbasket,” you wouldn't think food security would pose a problem. But in Des Moines, Iowa, however, it does. The city’s low population density and inability to attract chain grocers has made it so that great swaths of the downtown core are designated as food deserts.[read more]

Turning Parking Lots into Places for Sustainable City Discovery

October 30, 2014 by This Big City

Parking Lots and Discovery

I propose that parking lots around the city reserve just two spaces — one from hundreds of spaces in most lots — that will be transformed into an inviting and safe area for parking lot users to connect with other transit systems and find information about nearby places and services.[read more]

The Role of Private Developers in Sustainable Mobility

October 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ
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Development and Mobility

Rapid urbanization in countries such as India is raising people’s incomes, creating huge demands for housing, and increasing vehicle ownership rates. By 2030, 50% of India’s population is expected to live in cities, and this will in turn create a huge demand for housing.[read more]

Getting Animated about Transit Oriented Development in Mexico [VIDEO]

October 30, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Mexico TOD

ITDP Mexico’s “Mejores Calles, Mejores Ciudades” (Better Streets, Better Cities) video advocates the implementation of TOD strategies across the country. This impetus is greater given it responds to the demographic trends of the country: 77% of Mexico’s citizens live in cities.[read more]

New E-Waste Recycling Marketplace Keeps Materials Out of Developing World

October 30, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

E-Waste and Recycling

You just upgraded the office’s computers, and have a bunch of towers and monitors that you’d like to recycle. It’s tempting to get online and go with the cheapest e-waste recycling service you can find, right? But unless you’re diligent, you don’t know what they’ll do with that e-waste once they pick it up.[read more]