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Is LEED v4 Better or Just Newer?

August 20, 2014 by Tyler Caine

The New LEED

Although the latest incarnation of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system has been around for almost a year, projects have still been able to enjoy the more familiar likeness of LEED 2009. However, the window of time for the grace period of the system transition continues to close.[read more]

Midwest Nonprofit Gives Voice to Women Farmers

Farmers and Support

Bridget Holcomb, newly appointed executive director of the non-profit Women, Food & Agriculture, has always been interested in issues concerning sustainability. For her, it’s a no brainer that the current generation needs to live sustainably to improve the lives of future generations.[read more]

The Need to Develop Flora and Fauna Biometric Tools for Urban Planning

August 15, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Flora and Fauna

Collectively, researchers over the past 60 years have collected a good deal of data on urban biodiversity and impacts on urban plants and animals. From urban gradient studies to patch dynamic studies, we have a plethora of empirical data that suggests how various urban designs would impact various species.[read more]

Friday Fun: Delhi Announces Raahgiri at the Center of Week-Long Independence Day Celebrations

August 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Raahgiri Day in Dehli

Delhi’s government just announced a week of Independence Day celebrations culminating in a Raahgiri event at Chandni Chowk. Raahgiri Day first came to Delhi in July as a weekly event that closes city streets to cars to celebrate walking, biking, music-making and socializing.[read more]

Seven Classic, Must-Read Books About the Local Food Movement

Local Food Classics

The term “locavore” has been used to describe people as diverse as former hippies living off the land as well as foodies perusing farmers’ markets for organic produce. The notion of local food and its place in the United States’ economy is evolving, however.[read more]

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Switching to LED Lighting: the Health, Financial and Environmental Benefits

August 11, 2014 by David Thorpe

They're better for you.

Switching to a LED lighting is happening fast not only because of the savings that can be made and the environmental benefits but because there are now documented improvements on human well-being as a result of this type of lighting.[read more]

São Paulo's New Master Plan Prioritizes Sustainable Urban Development

August 11, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sao Paulo Master Plan

The largest city in Latin America has prioritized curbing car culture and making streets more pedestrian friendly. São Paulo’s new strategic master plan, unveiled on July 31, 2014, focuses on people-oriented development and improved public and non-motorized transport.[read more]

Small Living Spaces: Better for You and the Environment [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 10, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Compact Living Efficiency

While the “Great Recession” probably contributed greatly to the growth of the “tiny house” movement, there’s also plenty of evidence that bigger really isn’t better for living space. You have more room for your stuff but you’ve also got more to clean, more to heat and cool, and more to maintain.[read more]

London's Summer Pavilion

August 10, 2014 by Future Cape Town

London Summer Pavilion

Every year a patch of Hyde Park plays host to London’s most prestigious pop-up- the Serpentine Pavilion. Architects from around the world have been invited to transform this spot, and this year Chilean architect Smiljan Radic becomes the fourteenth to accept the invitation.[read more]

Six Powerhouse Food Policy Councils Driving Local Food in Cities

Local Food Policy Influence

There are now food policy councils in every state across the U.S., tasked with bringing diverse stakeholders together towards the creation of policies and laws that help develop the economic, environmental, and social infrastructure that makes up a local food system.[read more]

Serious About Green Roofs: Are Cape Town and Durban Serious?

August 7, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Green Roof Development

The only incentive towards green roofs in South Africa is a sustainability rating tool called the Green Building Council’s Green Star SA Credits. This voluntary system was inspired by the 2002 Australian Green Star tool and has been in effect since 2007.[read more]

Study Points to Bright and Dark Spots in Corporate Sustainability

August 5, 2014 by Tyler Caine
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Corporate Sustainability

Our dedication to the corporate engine that runs our consumer culture makes corporate perspectives on sustainability important. It is not uncommon to have localities where the vast majority of residents are diligently proactive on sustainability efforts while the participation of businesses remains tepid.[read more]