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Revealed: LEED-Certified Apartments Earn 9% Higher Rents

April 19, 2015 by GBIG Insight

LEED and Building Value

To all those questioning why they should seek certification, the answer is: because the market will pay for it. For those interested in an effective way to invest their funds in a property to support greater return, LEED certification may be the answer.[read more]

How to Communicate the Importance of Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Riverside Sustainable Food

How to set up local foods and healthy eating projects in low-income neighborhoods, and the importance of local and sustainable food and agriculture. An interview with Riverside, California City Council Member Andy Melendrez.[read more]

Healthy Riverside Initiative Emphasizes Local Food, Looks to Make County #1 Place to Live in U.S.

Healthy Riverside

Local food and agriculture is a major component of the Healthy Riverside County Initiative, designed to assist residents of Riverside County, California live healthy lives. It began in 2011, when the Riverside County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to encourage all county departments to support healthy lifestyles.[read more]

Why Toronto-Waterloo Needs All-Day Two-Way Urban Rail Service

April 18, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Rail Service

I stumbled upon an interesting article about the need for an all-day two-way rail service between Toronto and Waterloo. Along this corridor sits a technology ecosystem that is second in size only to San Francisco-Silicon Valley and that current connectivity levels represent a missed opportunity of epic proportions.[read more]

Three Architectural Periods in Peru

April 18, 2015 by Canin Associates

Peru Architecture

Peru as a country boasts a mix of cultures, climates, and architecture. What makes it an incredible place to visit is that modern Peru seamlessly blends together its diverse history. Nonetheless, each culture and each historical period is still visible and alive throughout the country.[read more]

Learning from a Post-It Wall: Campus Clean Energy Conversations

April 18, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Campus Clean Energy

As our #cleanenergyu conversation gets underway again this Earth Month, students from across many campuses in the United States are sharing and discussing their visions for a 2025 clean energy future by convening post-it wall conversations.[read more]

Greening Bus Fleets Requires a Range of Strategies

Green Bus Strategy

In 2012 alone, Latin America saw 131,000 preventable air pollution-related deaths. To reduce emissions and improve air quality, it’s essential that public transit fleets—like buses—become more fuel-efficient by adopting cleaner fuels, like natural gas or low-sulfur diesel.[read more]

What Rio de Janeiro Looks like Through an 80 Megapixel Camera

April 17, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Rio in Deep Detail

Here’s a stunning time-lapse video of Rio de Janeiro that was shot with an 80 megapixel camera. It was done by LA-based photographer Joe Capra. As far as videos and photos go, it’s probably as close as you’re going to get to actually being there.[read more]

Four Lessons from Beijing and Shanghai Show how China's Cities can Curb Car Congestion

China Congestion Management

As China’s GDP has grown, so has the number of cars on its roads. From 2008 to 2010, the country’s vehicle ownership almost doubled. This growth in car ownership not only means that the auto industry will continue booming, it also means more air pollution, energy consumption and traffic crashes.[read more]

The Blossoming Murals Circuit of Sherbrooke, Quebec's East District

April 16, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Public Art in Quebec

The gigantic murals that have characterized Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada’s city center since 2002 are now taking over the city’s eastern side. Between now and the end of April 2015, ten works will be mounted on buildings on Rue King Est, between Bowen and 18th Avenue, in order to create the East Murals circuit.[read more]

10 Ways that Cities can Take Advantage of the Urban Manufacturing Revival

April 16, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Manufacturing Revival

My good friends over at Distl here in Toronto have recently published their first Insight Report. It’s called Make This City: The State of Urban Manufacturing.' The report is 39 pages and is really well put together. There’s case studies spanning San Francisco to Toronto, and some great takeaways for city builders.[read more]

Using Drones to Maintain Urban Woods and Greenery

April 15, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Drones and urban greenery

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are all over the news. As they get lighter and more affordable, the applications for their use widen. Brian Ritter, an ISA Certified Arborist, Registered Forester, and current PhD candidate in Forest Resources at Clemson University, talks here about their applications in urban forest inventories.[read more]