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Named and Shamed: the Banks Most Responsible for Increasing Global Warming

October 31, 2014 by David Thorpe

The 'Banks Quit Coal' campaign needs you!

Can a city claim that it is working for sustainability if the bank it uses invests in the coal industry? A new report identifies the banks which contribute most to this climate-destroying activity, enabling public financiers to switch their business to clean banks.[read more]

New York City's Green SWAT Team

October 31, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

New York's Green SWAT

Sustainability requires new legislation, but it also requires compliance with laws and regulations. This was the message of Gina Bocra, chief sustainability officer; Emily Hoffman, director of energy code compliance; and Holly Savoia, director of sustainability enforcement, all with the New York City government.[read more]

San Francisco's Road to Zero-Waste: An Unthinkable Goal by 2020?

October 31, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Zero-Waste Goals

San Francisco recognized that the recycling of bottles and paper could no longer remedy the amount of waste being produced, so they initiated a zero-waste program. They have already set an example for cities across the nation by eliminating waste by 80%, but the goal is still 100% by the year 2020.[read more]

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South Australia Reaches 100% Renewables Electricity Supply If Only For a Day

October 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

South Australia's Sustainable Industries Education Centre.

On the day when the Australian government announced it had reached a deal on curbing climate-warming gas emissions from industry, the state of South Australia provides a glimpse of a renewable energy-powered future for the whole continent.[read more]

The Role of Private Developers in Sustainable Mobility

October 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ
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Development and Mobility

Rapid urbanization in countries such as India is raising people’s incomes, creating huge demands for housing, and increasing vehicle ownership rates. By 2030, 50% of India’s population is expected to live in cities, and this will in turn create a huge demand for housing.[read more]

Getting Animated about Transit Oriented Development in Mexico [VIDEO]

October 30, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Mexico TOD

ITDP Mexico’s “Mejores Calles, Mejores Ciudades” (Better Streets, Better Cities) video advocates the implementation of TOD strategies across the country. This impetus is greater given it responds to the demographic trends of the country: 77% of Mexico’s citizens live in cities.[read more]

New E-Waste Recycling Marketplace Keeps Materials Out of Developing World

October 30, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

E-Waste and Recycling

You just upgraded the office’s computers, and have a bunch of towers and monitors that you’d like to recycle. It’s tempting to get online and go with the cheapest e-waste recycling service you can find, right? But unless you’re diligent, you don’t know what they’ll do with that e-waste once they pick it up.[read more]

Nine Technology Tools for Localizing the Food System

October 29, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Localizing Food via Tech

It seems that to purchase locally-produced foods, one must go to the nearest farm stand or visit the local farmers’ market. It may seem that the big-box grocery store is an embedded part of modern life, technology increasingly is empowering the buying and selling of local foods on an larger-than-ever scale.[read more]

A Comparative Approach to Transportation in Paris, Lyon, and Marseille, France

October 29, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Transportation Compared

The creation of the Paris, Lyon, and Marseille metropolises is at the center of the current territorial reform. While the transformation of their institutional organizations was subject to a sudden acceleration, the construction of an idea, and then a metropolitan project reveals ancient and complex dynamics.[read more]

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Why Don't Sustainable Technologies Automatically Lead To More Sustainable Lives?

October 28, 2014 by David Thorpe
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 Unilever's idea of behaviour change

A new study has found that people use domestic energy-saving systems in unexpected ways – often cancelling out any savings. it's not the first to do so, raising the question: how can we encourage people to lead more sustainable lives? I'm wondering whether it is to do with our beliefs. What do you think?[read more]

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Who'd Have Thought an Insurance Company Could Write a Manifesto on Managing Sustainable Cities?

October 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

Street in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy

"We believe sustainability is fundamentally about risk management", says one insurance company. And it's not alone.[read more]

Five Farms Pushing the Boundaries of Indoor Agriculture

October 28, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Indoor Agriculture Innovation

Indoor farms are the new and innovative way to grow greens. Modern indoor farms are quite large and filled with state-of-the-art technologies – they aren’t the tiny greenhouses of yesteryear. We’ve rounded up five indoor farms to give you a taste of what the most innovative growing organizations are producing.[read more]