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Consumers Need Help in Recycling Plastic

March 6, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Should you know what this number on recyclable plastic means?

Do you have trouble remembering which plastics can go in your recycling bin? Even if you can figure out the number on that stamped symbol on the bottom of a plastic container, you may not remember offhand if your recycling program accepts, say, #6 or #7 plastics.[read more]

Triumph of the City: Book Report

March 6, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Urban Triumph

In 'Triumph of the City,' renowned economist Edward Glaeser presents a clear case for why our cities and urban spaces are our greatest inventions, how they make us richer, smarter, greener, healthier, and happier, and how we can still yet improve them.[read more]

This Student-Designed Pallet House Can Survive Hurricanes

March 5, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Pallet House

Used shipping pallets represent the biggest source of waste wood. Many people have used them to make funky, distressed furniture projects. That’s great, but you wouldn’t want to use this wood for something you really need to count on, right? No one would want to live in a pallet house, right?[read more]

New Orleans Nonprofit Incubates and Connects Local Farmers and Growers

Local Farmers in New Orleans

New Orleans Food and Farm Network has been sponsoring growing projects and providing technical and financial support to local agriculture. Their latest project takes the New Orleans local food movement a step further by incubating small food producers through a commercial kitchen and business education program.[read more]

Riding São Paulo's New 24-Hour Bus into the Sunrise

Sao Paulo Bus System

For São Paulo Brazil, which is the largest city in the southern hemisphere, making sure that its residents have access to fully reliable transportation options at all hours of the day is a particularly acute issue given the size and population of the city.[read more]

Six Ideas for Building Cycling Culture from the World Bicycle Forum

Building Future Bike Culture

Over 4,000 people gathered for the fourth World Bicycle Forum. This event was created by bike activists in Porto Alegre, Brazil after a car plowed through bikers at a critical mass event in March 2011. Fortunately, no one died, but the resulting media attention sparked solidarity and the urge to take action.[read more]

Citizen Science in the City: Lessons from Melbourne's BioBlitz

March 4, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Citizen Science

Citizen scientists contribute their time and energy to support thousands of research projects around the world. They collect, categorize, and analyze data, generously volunteering their time and their personal resources in return for little other than recreational enjoyment or the personal satisfaction of helping others.[read more]

How To Turn Plastic Bottles Into Twine [VIDEO]

March 4, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Plastic bottles to new rope

As a good greenie, I’d argue that plastic bottles are one of those things we should mostly “reduce” our use of rather than “recycle”. But I do use them, so I was fascinated by this video which shows you how to turn plastic bottles into twine.[read more]

Toronto Aquaponics Startup Works Toward a 'New Normal' in Local Food Production

Local Food Production in Toronto

Pablo Alvarez and Craig Petten are Toronto natives with a combined 40 years of experience in the food industry. By starting a new aquaponic farm in their home city, the co-founders hope to both increase Toronto’s food stability and increase people’s connection with their food.[read more]

New Hampshire-Based Nonprofit Helps Immigrants Find a Fresh Start in Farming

Immigrants and Farming

At Fresh Start Farms, immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs participate in the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project. The program, in operation since 2008, helps new arrivals to not only establish a food source for their family, but to begin a sustainable small business in their adopted community.[read more]

What's Your Complete Neighborhood?

March 2, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly
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Making a Complete Neighborhood

This past Saturday night I was out with a few friends in my neighborhood, the St. Lawrence Market area. And I was very delighted to see just how busy the neighborhood was. Virtually every bar or club we walked by had a line down the street.[read more]

Pop-Up Restaurant Will Put Food Waste On The Menu

March 2, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Food Waste Restaurant

 

The pop-up restaurant serving food that would otherwise go to waste sounds like something you’d expect from activists, right? But you wouldn’t expect celebrity chefs to try something like this, right? Don’t tell that to Dan Barber, co-owner of Blue Hill Farm and its associated farm-to-table restaurants.[read more]