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Towards a More Resilient Relationship Between Cities and Water

February 11, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Cities and Water and Resiliency

Fifty percent of Americans live in coastal cities now threatened by extreme storms brought on by climate change, said AIA NY President Tomas Rossant. Architects, landscape architects, urban designers, and engineers need to collaborate to save our coastal cities.[read more]

Eight Examples of Using Indigenous Knowledge for Urban Biodiversity 

February 11, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Urbanization, Local Knowledge and Biodiversity

The original inhabitants of a city's location know it better than anyone. Here are examples of how their expertise on biodiversity and ecosystems for the provision of water, food and other services are recognized, in Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Japan, Australia and Canada.[read more]

Four Ways In Which Climate-Smart Cities Use Green Infrastructure To Create Resilience

February 5, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Green Infrastructure and Resilience

The Trust for Public Land is examining how to implement green infrastructure to make cities more “climate smart”. According to Breece Robertson, the Trust’s geographic information systems (GIS) director, climate-smart cities use green infrastructure in these four ways.[read more]

Los Angeles Announces New Plans in Anticipation of "The Big One"

February 5, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

LA and Urban Earthquake Prep

Scientists conclude that Los Angeles (along with other cities that borders the southern section of the San Andreas fault) is long overdue for a major earthquake that many call “The Big One.” Mayor Garcetti has recently announced a new plan called “Resilience by Design” to help address some of the city’s greatest vulnerabilities to earthquakes.[read more]


City Leaders Must Engage Citizen Support for Sustainable Infrastructure - EIU Report

February 3, 2015 by David Thorpe

A section of Line One of the Panama City Metro

Urban infrastructure and services in cities around the world are in need of major investment within the next five years if they are to remain adequate, according to 68% of respondents to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The results show that city leaders need to do more to engage citizens.[read more]

New Exhibition Shows How Buildings Must Adapt to Climate Change

February 3, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Hybrid Places at Washington D.C.

That with climate change, buildings must now perform more intelligently, is laid bare in a new exhibition at Washington D.C.'s National Building Museum and companion book. Given that a good and bad building costs about the same, it’s about how the ingredients are put together.[read more]

Can Aquaponics Thrive in the Midwest? Indiana Startup Bets On It

January 28, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Midwest Local Food Source Development

How can a cold, Midwestern state grow organic produce all year, while also providing fresh fish to the local community? Those are the questions Justin Long, co-founder and CEO, and Jason Fry, co-founder, asked themselves before founding Blue Lotus Aquaponics in November 2013.[read more]

Bringing Sustainability to Small-Town America

January 26, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Small-scale sustainability

In my writing I frequently celebrate leadership in community sustainability from such progressive, highly urbanized metro areas. But it can be tough to find green practices in smaller towns and cities, many of which are struggling to stay alive and have trouble assembling the resources for new initiatives of any sort.[read more]

Engaging Local Governments at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster Mitigation and Government Policy

The Third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Reduction will take place from in March in Sendai, Japan, where an agreement on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction will be adopted. This framework will support our collective efforts to build nations and communities that are resilient to disasters.[read more]


Revealed: the Greatest Global Business and Societal Opportunities in Sustainability

January 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

Some see risk, others see opportunity.

They say that crises and risks for some are opportunities for others. Following on from the World Economic Forum's Global Risks report last Friday, is a new Global Opportunities Report, published this morning by UN Global Compact, DNV GL and Scandinavian think tank Monday Morning.[read more]

What Will it Take to Create Smart Cities in India?

January 19, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India and Smart Urbanism

In June 2014, the Government of India announced its ambitious plan to build smart cities across the country. To make the most of this push for smarter cities, city and national leaders need to plan a comprehensive urbanization strategy. But what will this entail?[read more]

5 Native Tribal Organizations Reviving the Sustainable Agriculture Tradition

January 19, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

The Tradition of Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable agriculture techniques were practiced for thousands of years in North America by Native Americans. Today, health problems and loss of ancestral knowledge are common in many tribal communities. Sustainable farming helps tribes to get back to their roots while addressing these problems.[read more]