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Do Greener, Healthier Cities Need an 'Elevator Speech'?

September 23, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

The Greener City Pitch

For better or worse, we live in the age of the sound bite, when even the most intellectually complicated subjects must, to be understood, be simplified to a couple of easily communicated sentences. It’s all about hyper-short attention spans, the 140-character Tweet, and the “elevator speech."[read more]

Transport Sector Climate Action Key to Close the World's Emissions Gap

September 23, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Emissions Reduction and Transportation

Climate action often focuses on energy and industrial activity, but the transport sector must be included to keep global warming below the dangerous two-degree scenario. Transport is responsible for 22% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide.[read more]

Athens is Building the World's Largest City Park

September 23, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Athens and Green Space Expansion

Athens has plans to finally provide its citizens with a source of respite, as it is poised to be home to the world’s largest city park. Hellenikon Metropolitan Park will be 2 million square meters, providing the city with the green space it desperately needs.[read more]

Sustainability, Adaptation, Resilience, Building Integrated Agriculture and a Black Eye

September 22, 2014 by Oscar Rodriguez

Urbanism and a Black Eye

If "resilience" is to be the next "thing" in climate change discourse, we should be aware that it implies a war-like footing. If climate change and resource constriction are challenges to be fought, we should be careful in our choice of "guard hands" and look to approaches that offer flexibility.[read more]

City of Lexington, Kentucky Hires Former White House Staffer as First Local Food Coordinator

September 20, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food Coordination

The City of Lexington, Kentucky has initiated a new local foods program as part of its economic development efforts. Tapped to manage this new initiative is Lexington native Ashton Potter Wright, who has served as local food coordinator for Mayor Jim Gray’s office since the first week of June.[read more]

Teenagers Pedal for a Greener Neighborhood in Montreal, Quebec

September 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Teens and Green Neighborhoods

 

On Monday, around fifity teenagers on bikes invaded the streets of Saint-Laurent in order expose residents to the adoption of better environmental habits. The youth of the C-Vert project want to sensitize citizens to using the bicycle as a daily means of transportation.[read more]

Women in Food: Natasha Lantz Helps Build Food Co-op in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

September 19, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Natasha Lantz

In 2003, Natasha Lantz became a member and started volunteering at the Marquette Food Co-op, a store that sells locally-produced food in Marquette, Michigan, in the state’s Upper Peninsula. Now, she serves as the organization’s outreach director.[read more]

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How Cities Will Feed Their Citizens in the Future

September 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fresh and local – grown in a warehouse

For the last week I have been posting articles describing highlights from the Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture conference held at Nottingham University last week. In this article I will draw together all the threads and try to present a picture of how I now see that cities will feed themselves in the future.[read more]

Parks, Philanthropy, and Equity: New York's Temporary Truce

September 18, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Park Policy in NYC

A few months ago, Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council passed a budget that adds $15.5 million to the Parks Department budget. The money, for the most part, is targeted to small neighborhood parks for maintenance and capital projects.[read more]

Why I Am Farming on Water

September 17, 2014 by Karin Kloosterman
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Farming and Water Savings

I’ve started a small water farm. But unlike my attempted and horridly failed attempts at soil farming, where worms, weeds and beetles have taken over on my small plot and my brain, I’ve seen some impressive progress on water. Hydroponics may be the future of urban farming.[read more]

The UN Climate Summit: What’s in it for Cities?

September 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

UN Climate Summit and Cities

City leaders have a key role to play at next week’s UN Climate Summit in New York City, which brings together heads of state, mayors, business leaders, and civil society representatives to build momentum towards an international agenda to tackle climate change and build resilience.[read more]

Colorado Couple Pioneers Local Food District in Denver Suburb

September 16, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food in the Suburbs

Situated on the last few acres of a 140-year old homestead, Everitt Farms hopes to serve as a platform for a local food district, returning a new Denver suburb to its agricultural roots. Located in Lakewood, Colorado, the farm is an agricultural experiment initiated by husband-and-wife team Derek and Kamise Mullen.[read more]