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COSMO Is Ready to Party

February 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Young Architects and Innovation

 

The ingenious winner of this year’s Young Architects Program at the New York City’s MOMA PS1 is COSMO, a mobile, transparent, and artful system for purifying wastewater. The machine aims to make visible the process of cleaning dirty water, exposing the value of this vital natural resources in the process.[read more]

Mario Schjetnan Dissects the Deeper Meaning of Place

February 27, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Place and meaning in Mexico

Pioneering Mexican landscape architect, architect, and urban designer Mario Schjetnan, FASLA, who recently spoke at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, is recognized for his built works that are fueled by a deep concern for the cities of his native Mexico.[read more]

City Ecology: There Are Egrets Near the Empire State Building

February 27, 2015 by The Nature of Cities
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You wouldn't believe where nature can thrive.

New York Harbor is a thriving natural habitat. The mixing of fresh and salt waters, combined with a rich flow of nutrients from its watershed, makes visibility poor, and hides its vitality. It is easy to make cocktail conversation about eels, oysters, humpback whales (whales!) and the other remarkable creatures that share New York City with its people.[read more]

There’s How Much Plastic In The Ocean? [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 27, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Ocean Plastic and Water Health

We’ve taken a look at a number of ventures aimed at making use of plastic in the ocean, and we’d love to believe they could make a sizable dent in this pollution source. But, of course, to determine that, we’ve got to know how much plastic waste we’re putting into these ecosystems.[read more]

Food Ecosystem: Greening up our Plates

February 24, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Ecosystem, Food, and Diet

Every calorie of food we grow, harvest, ship, process, package, chill, cook, eat and throw away uses up resources from the environment: the soil and its nutrients, water, fertiliser, fuel, and so on. It also impacts on the environment by using its waste-absorbing systems.[read more]

The Waste Biz: Using An Anaerobic Digester To Turn Brewery Waste Into Energy

February 22, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Breweries and Waste Recycling

Turning brewery waste into energy isn’t a new idea: all of that spent grain has captured the imagination of waste entrepreneurs before. A partnership between Utah-based Pure Energy Group and Devil’s Canyon Brewery in California, won an award from San Mateo County for diversion of waste from landfills.[read more]

Free Water Risk Tool Helps Businesses Gain Water Security and Save Money

February 20, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

The Global Water Risk Tool

The Water Risk Monetizer is free, available now for use, and full of potential for advancing local, national and global goals for water conservation and sustainability. It is a product of the U.S. Water Alliance.[read more]

Taking The 4 Liter Challenge To See The Value Of Water

February 18, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

Water Use Reduction and Conservation

I was recently reading about DIGDEEP, a Los Angeles based human rights nonprofit group that is asking people to rethink the value of water. They are promoting their “4 Liters Challenge,” asking people what they would you do if they could only use 4 liters of water per day.[read more]

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What Singapore Can Teach All Cities About Using Urban Green Infrastructure To Mitigate Megadroughts

February 17, 2015 by Warren Karlenzig

Singapore, where landscaping protects from extreme weather effects.

NASA's new report on the likelihood of megadrought in the Central and Western US is a harsh yet timely wake-up call for cities and the need for green infrastructure, which is often the best way to deal with problems of water scarcity, quality, flooding, and urban heat islands, according to John Parker, Chief Economist, Impact Infrastructure.[read more]

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Tea Party Activists, the ICLEI and Sustainability in Southwest Virginia

February 17, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Anti-ICLEI Roanoke County Supervisor, Al Bedrosian 

Membership of the ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives), which helps to guide – but imposes no mandates – on regions trying to sustain their economies, has been cancelled in Roanoke County, Virginia, by local Tea Party activists on political grounds.[read more]

Unintended Consequences Can Be Opportunities for Conservation

February 16, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Intentions and Conservation

Many of the United Kingdom’s most spectacular urban wetlands are the unintended consequences of industrial activities. Are there abandoned industrial sites in your city that present an opportunity to be turned into nature reserves to increase resilience, biodiversity and provide social amenities?[read more]

Clean Drinking Water Just One Benefit Of Better Toilets [VIDEO]

February 15, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Toilets and Clean Water

If you ran across someone defecating in the street, you’d probably call the police (and get a response from them). In India, however, this is a very common practice in rural areas: according to Joe Madiath of NGO Gram Vikas, 70% of Indians take care of “#2″ right out in the open.[read more]