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We Need A Definition of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

November 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

Low energy house types in Europe

A European study on the cost effectiveness of deep renovation of existing buildings contains recommendations for individual member states and says a definition of nearly Zero Energy Buildings is needed so designers and architects know what to aim for.[read more]

Simulating Landscapes with Point Cloud Models

November 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Simulating Landscapes

We need to find a word that brings us back to common ground. In a lecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Christope Girot, professor and chair of landscape architecture in the architecture department at the ETH, suggests that “topology” may be the word.[read more]

Women in Food: Maine Activist Connects the Dots Between Food and Human Rights

November 28, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food and Human Rights

Human trafficking, justice, the environment and sustainability all have one thing in common, says community visionary Lillian Lake of Lewiston, Maine: food. “Everything comes back to food,” says Lake, who writes, consults and engages in policy development toward a goal of affordable and just sustainability.[read more]

New Urban Agriculture Regulations Sprouting in Los Angeles, California

November 28, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Agriculture in LA

 

It appears that urban agriculture is in full swing in Los Angeles, California. In particular, there are several highly innovative pieces of legislation regarding urban agriculture that have recently come onto the political horizon, and could greatly affect this burgeoning field.[read more]

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An Area the Size of the European Union is Used for Urban Agriculture

November 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

... but more is needed to feed the world.

A new study has found that an area greater than the size of the European Union is being used already around and within cities worldwide to grow food. Nevertheless with one third of the area of cities needing to be set aside for growing food more needs to be done to protect and encourage this.[read more]

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Re-Working Our Future Cities: Is Biodesign the Answer?

November 26, 2014 by Sophie Curtis

Green Design and Future Cities

Alberto T. Estévez is director of the Genetic Barcelona Project. At RE.WORK Future Cities Summit, Alberto will explore cities that learn and take ideas from the advantages of nature. Science, biology and genetics lend to creating new technologies that give us the possibility to re-think and re-work our cities.[read more]

Farmers Unable to Water Crops in Salazie, Reunion Island Due to Water Rates

November 26, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water Pricing and Community

In Salazie, Reunion Island, farmers were moved to action. They denounced the lack of water in the commune as well as the tariffs for the water that currently exists. In this period of drought, they criticize both the lack of discussion regarding water extraction and newly-announced water restrictions.[read more]

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Bristol Takes Steps Towards Becoming the UK's Second One Planet City

November 25, 2014 by David Thorpe
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One planet living has ten principles.

Next year Bristol is to be Europe's Green Capital City (this year it is Copenhagen). A partnership of 600+ local organisations is considering using the energy generated by this to launch a proposal that Bristol adopts the target of becoming a One Planet City.[read more]

Four Green Initiatives Employees Are Sure to Embrace

November 25, 2014 by Derek Wong

Green Initiatives

Who wouldn’t want to work in an engaging office environment? An engaged workforce makes a happier workplace and promotes a culture of collaboration and creativity, as numerous studies show. And corporate green initiatives are some of the best ways to engage employees.[read more]

China's Clean Air Challenge: The Health Impacts of Transport Emissions

November 24, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China, Transportation, and Air Pollution

Air quality is one of many tragic social and environmental issues China has faced during its rapid urbanization and motorization. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection revealed that only 4.1% of the 74 surveyed cities met the new standards for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions.[read more]

A Study of Biodiversity in the World's Cities

November 24, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

What are the global patterns of biodiversity the world’s cities? Are urban spaces biologically homogeneous and depauperate, or do they harbor significant native biodiversity? These are the questions of a collaborative studies of biodiversity in the world’s cities.[read more]

Recycling Computers, Phones, and Televisions: You're Probably Not Doing It

November 23, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
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Got old electronics sitting in the basement, a closet, or even a room you use? According to a new study from Staples, probably: while many of us sell them on eBay, donate or re-gift them, or even (gasp!) throw them away, most of us are hoarding those old electronics.[read more]