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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]

Why You Should Worry: Five Unhappy Truths about the U.S. Food System

September 29, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food System Problems and Risks

The convergence of processed foods, chemically intensive farming and a gas-guzzling supply chain have created a food system in the United States that would have seemed fantastical—and quite possibly nightmarish—to folks who lived in this country just a century ago.[read more]

Seven Myths About New Urbanism

September 29, 2014 by This Big City

New Urbanism Myths

Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Chapman University and an untiring defender of the suburbs, begins a recent column in the Washington Post with a perfectly valid question: “What is a city for?” He then proceeds to get that question completely wrong.[read more]

Niterói, Brazil, First City to Adopt Bus with High Level of Service (BHLS) System

September 28, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Brazil and Bus Systems

In the state of Rio de Janeiro, Niterói pioneered the use of biometrics in public transportation and could continue this trend by becoming the first city in Latin America to adopt a BHLS, (Bus with High Level of Service), the English acronym to define a bus system with high quality services.[read more]

Jaime Lerner's Urban Acupuncture

September 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Acupuncture

Jaime Lerner, one of the most influential urban leaders of our time, has written down a great deal of all his hard-earned wisdom about the city in one slim yet rich volume, Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.[read more]

Missouri Program Brings Fresh Food to Regional Pantries, One Seed Pack at a Time

September 28, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Seeds and Fresh Food

Grow Well Missouri has taken a simple concept – distributing seeds to people who visit a local food pantry – and started a mini-fresh food revolution. The program originated from the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security at the University of Missouri.[read more]

One Billion Pounds of Electronic Waste: a Recycling Milestone for Best Buy

September 27, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Tech Waste and Recycling

The waste of electronic equipment usually contains toxic compounds and requires special handling. That special handling cost money, so if you’re going to collect these materials, you’d better have a good idea of who’ll buy them from you (hopefully, at a profit).[read more]