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Greening Bus Fleets Requires a Range of Strategies

Green Bus Strategy

In 2012 alone, Latin America saw 131,000 preventable air pollution-related deaths. To reduce emissions and improve air quality, it’s essential that public transit fleets—like buses—become more fuel-efficient by adopting cleaner fuels, like natural gas or low-sulfur diesel.[read more]

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Webinar Round-up: What Makes a Smart City?

April 16, 2015 by David Thorpe

What makes a smart city? And is it truly sustainable?

A roundup of our recent webinar on Smart Cities, a successful discussion of many of the controversial aspects of smart cities. It looked at questions such as: what is a smart city? What about mobility? Should we believe the hype? Are smart cities sustainable cities? How can we be properly inclusive?[read more]

10 High Schools That Teach Hydroponics and Aquaponics as Sustainable Urban Agriculture

This is a classroom?

Hydroponics and aquaponics are an important part of sustainable agriculture, especially in space-scarce urban areas. Numerous high schools recognize the bright future of hydroponics and aquaponics, and as a result include it as part of their curriculum.[read more]

Young Smart People Like Dense, Walkable Communities so Top Companies Are Moving There

April 15, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Business Space

Companies know that their greatest asset is human capital. And they have recently realized that a lot of young smart people want to live and work in dense walkable communities in cities, so they are moving to where their most talented employees are likely to be.[read more]

Awesome Infographic Shows Benefits of Sustainable Transport

Sustainable Transportation

These infographics highlight the many co-benefits of sustainable transport – which are so numerous that when you focus on just one it’s easy to lose sight of the others. From increasing access to economic opportunities to making our cities healthier and more livable, there’s a lot to keep in mind.[read more]

China's Clean Air Challenge: Public Unrest Forges the Path Ahead

China Air Pollution Risk and Public Action

Toward the end of 2011, episodes of severe pollution levels in China started attracting worldwide attention. Global media employed terms like “airmageddon” and “airpocalypse,” sparking considerable discussion and debate on social media. Four years later, air pollution remains a pressing issue in Chinese cities.[read more]

What are 'Garden Cities' Without a Garden Culture?

April 13, 2015 by Patrick Lydon
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Green Cities and Gardening

If urban sustainability issues are to become deeply entrenched in culture, it follows that successful urban nature design—indeed, successful sustainable cities in general—can only be achieved in concert with a deep and sustained cultural awareness of the importance of nature.[read more]

Could Université Laval's Course Schedules Be Causing Quebec's Traffic Woes?

April 11, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Traffic Patterns in Quebec

By starting its classes a half hour later, the Université Laval could reduce a lot of traffic in the capital, suggests a young architect. The question was raised during the Québec 2050 event, which gathered agents of the real estate sector around the future of the capital.[read more]

Urban Edges, and How to Define the Spaces Beyond

April 8, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe
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Cities, Borders, and Spaces

I doubt that before today, any urbanist writer has used an old, Latin term that lives on in southern Italy, to explain the particular wonder of certain city street-ends. The term, 'finibus terrae,' meant one end of the Earth to the Romans; the edge of the known extent of the land.[read more]

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Five Cities with Top Game-Changing Sustainability and Resilience Projects

April 8, 2015 by Warren Karlenzig

Game-Changing Cities

Game-changing mega-projects in these five cities promise cross-cutting impacts including low-carbon mobility, recreation, green infrastructure, societal improvements, and mobile communications. By planning diverse and ambitious results, these resilient plans take years to decades, but promise massive rewards.[read more]

Unconventional 'Wikibuilding' Planned to Help Reinvent Paris, France

April 8, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

'Wikibuilding' in Paris

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, has designated a lot in a concentrated development zone as part of the project “Reinventing Paris.” 8,000 to 11,000 square meters of mixed-use space will be designed using a mix of architecture and open-source media, built out of timber.[read more]

New Survey: Multi-sector Partnerships are Central to a Sustainable Future

April 8, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA
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The Necessity of Corporate Sustainability

In a new survey from GlobeScan / SustainAbility, more than 500 sustainability experts from around the world said multi-sector partnerships will be key to advancing sustainability, with major roles for multi-national corporations, non-profits, governments, and multilateral organizations like the United Nations.[read more]