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Sustainability

Brilliant Idea: The Green Benefits District

October 2, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Green Benefits District

At the EcoDistricts Summit in Washington, D.C., two urban innovators from San Francisco, the home of so many game-changing technologies, have come up with a truly brilliant idea: the Green Benefits District (GBD), a sort of green business improvement district.[read more]

There is No Such Thing as Waste, Only Wasted Resources

October 2, 2014 by Walid Norris

Waste, Wasted Resources, and Efficiency

With growing populations and increasing impacts from climate change, forward-thinking cities are scrambling to adopt green infrastructure to become more resilient. Green roofs, green spaces and flood management systems can help cities like Rotterdam manage climate impacts.[read more]

Tech Tools for Food Hubs: Oregon Firm Builds Sustainability Through Software

Food Sustainability and Software

Local Food Marketplace provides a software platform for food hubs that allows them to reach customers, aggregate production and compete with traditional distribution. “We help food hubs from the planning process to figuring out what their availability will be on a weekly basis,” says founder Amy McCann.[read more]

Green Buildings Sprouting Up in Nairobi, Kenya

October 2, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Green Buildings in Nairobi

A green building is one whose construction and lifetime of operation assure the healthiest possible environment while representing the most efficient and least disruptive use of land, water, energy and resources. Green design calls for buildings to lessen their energy needs.[read more]

The Geography of Poverty and Migration

October 1, 2014 by Jim Russell

Poverty and Movement

Long-distance migrants move for jobs, more so among the nonpoor. Short-distance migrants move for housing. Quick and dirty, “lower education and income groups are more likely to move for family reasons and less likely to move for work-related reasons than higher education and income groups.”[read more]

New Report Shows How to Reduce Vehicle Pollution, Create Financial Savings on a Global Scale

October 1, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Pollution and Energy Savings

More than $100 trillion in public and private spending could be saved between now and 2050 if the world were to expand public transportation, walking and bicycling in cities, according to a new report released by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and the University of California.[read more]

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WWF's Living Planet Report Paints Stark Picture of Unsustainable Development

September 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

A Signpost to One Planet Living

By expanding cities, cutting down forests and overfishing the seas, humanity has caused a 52% decline in the population of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish since 1970. This is the staggering and sobering headline fact to leap out of the latest Living Planet Report from WWF.[read more]

Energy Efficiency and Waste: Power for Your Pound

September 30, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Energy Cost and Waste

Debates on UK energy policy focus almost exclusively on energy generation/production and often neglect even to mention energy saving and energy efficiency. It’s much cheaper to save energy and be efficient than it is to generate it.[read more]

'Inevitably Urban' and the Role of the People

September 30, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

People and Urbanism

These times seem so inevitably urban. Civic dialogue focuses on the social repercussions of growth, such as affordability of urban housing (“build more“, said last Sunday's Seattle Times), the proper range of housing types, and how residents will travel from here to there.[read more]

How to Save America from a Future That Lacks Water

September 30, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier

America and Water Needs

Many households wish to conserve water but lack the knowledge, time and resources. We’ve all seen a number of long lists of water-saving tips that leave us unsure which actions are actually making an impact. Well, I’m going to share with you a short list of the most effective water-saving tips.[read more]

Green vs. Grey: Every City is a Living Body

September 29, 2014 by Ivan Bruce
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Cities as Bodies

The thought that nature can also be an infrastructure is not new; nature can be harnessed to provide services within the urban environment, by reducing risk of flooding or excessive heat, or improving air quality. When nature is harnessed by people it is known as "green infrastructure."[read more]

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Drive to End Ignorance on Energy Amongst Public and Professionals

September 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation

How much do you know about energy in buildings? According to a new poll, most people don't know nearly enough. So in the UK Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation wants a national drive to increase understanding of energy use reduction, and your help is needed.[read more]