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With Compact of Mayors, Cities Lead on Tackling Climate Change at U.N. Summit

October 2, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Mayors, Cities, and Climate Change

Cities around the world made bold commitments to confront climate change. The Compact of Mayors, announced at the UN Climate Summit in New York City, gets cities to set ambitious targets and report their performance transparently. It builds on commitments to reduce their contributions to global climate change.[read more]

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]

From Bicycles to Cars in Beijing

October 1, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Transport Choices

There has been an incredible urban transformation that has taken place in Beijing over the last couple of decades; specifically, the shift from a bicycle oriented city to a now automobile oriented city. Alongside this mobility change, there’s also been pronounced changes to the urban fabric of the city.[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]

'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]

Research Reveals Solutions to Brazilian Public Transportation Issues

September 30, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Brazil Transport Solutions

The increase in bus fare brings more headaches for the Brazilian citizen than electricity, water or telephone bills. This insight was revealed in unpublished research from NTU (National Association of Urban Transport) presented at the 2014 National Seminar.[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]

PARK(ing) Day 2014 Around the World

September 29, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Parks and PARK(ing) Day

The mission of PARK(ing) Day, which started in San Francisco in 2005, is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat. It has since has evolved into a global movement.[read more]

7 Reasons Why High-Rises Kill Livability

September 29, 2014 by Taz Loomans

High Rises and Urban Living

What do you do when you’re the city of Portland and millions of people are supposed to move into your city in the coming decades and you have an urban growth boundary? Build up, right? To a certain extent yes, but not above the fifth floor, says world-renown architect Jan Gehl.[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]

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]