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The Link Between Education and Sustainable Living in Brazil

September 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Education and Sustainability Links in Brazil

The undeniable fact is that we are in a situation of environmental and social alarm because the teaching methods used in recent centuries have evolved relatively little compared to other sciences, and failed to prepare society for sustainable living.[read more]

You Too can Build a Sustainable City through Crowdfunding

September 5, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Crowdfund Sustainability

Measures like São Paulo’s citizen hackathons, Medellín’s aerial cable cars, glow-in-the-dark road markings, and Hamburg and Helsinki’s plans for car-free mobility all serve as inspirational reminders that urban sustainability is not so unreachable a goal as was once thought.[read more]

The Making of a Livable City: Inspiration for a Sustainable, Healthy Beijing

August 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sustainable Beijing

Each year, 440,000 people move to Beijing in search of economic opportunity and better lives. Their rural to urban migration is a driver of economic growth, part of a larger plan to catalyze economic development through urbanization across China.[read more]

Sustainability According to the Haves and the Have-Nots

June 18, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Inequality and Sustainability


Recently, asked if black people care about sustainability and climate change and if yes, why they don’t talk about it more. The article declares that “the ill-fated climate-change debate is as white as late-night talk shows.” But Brentin Mock of Grist says this is the wrong question to ask.[read more]

10 of the Most Innovative Sustainability Solutions from Cities Across the Globe

June 17, 2014 by This Big City

Urban Sustainability Ideas

This time last year we shared ten awesome sustainability ideas from cities, and now we’re doing it again. These ideas are taken from the 2014 Sustainia 100 report – an “annual guide to 100 innovative sustainability solutions from around the world” that launches today.[read more]

Masdar City, Abu Dhabi: Sustainable from the Ground Up

June 10, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Designed for the Sun Belt

Desert Dormitory FosterOf the many things that the Middle East has historically been known for, sustainability has not usually been at the top of the list. The clash of Western values with the harshness of the local climate can wedge sustainability between a lot of sand and a hard place.[read more]

The Rise of Resilience: Linking Resilience and Sustainability in City Planning

June 10, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Resilience and Risk

Cities around the world are making plans, developing agendas, and articulating goals for urban resilience, but is urban resilience really possible? Resilience is being used in many cases as a replacement for sustainability. Resilience and sustainability need to be linked, but with care and clarity.[read more]

The Vision of Jaime Lerner for Curitiba, Brazil

Urban Vision in Brazil

Jaime Lerner of Curitiba has placed the city on the map as a leading global example in urban sustainability. During his three terms as mayor of Curitiba and governor of Paraná, he and his team made great strides both in protecting the environment and in elevating the spirit of the city.[read more]

Immigrants and Sustainability

May 29, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Immigrants and Sustainability

My mother, who grew up in a small village called Koday in the northwest province of Gujrat in India, doesn’t waste a thing, even though she now lives in a nice 2500 square foot house in suburban Chandler, Arizona. She told me that to save water in 1940s India, they used ashes to clean their cooking pots.[read more]

The Very Embodiment of Sustainability, in a Small City

May 13, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Small Sustainable Urbanism

A sustainable built environment isn’t just one thing. It is many things, functioning best when assembled together in the right places with the right ingredients. Context is everything: a so-called “green” building won’t be green in its performance if it’s been located in the wrong place.[read more]

Urban Density and Sustainability

April 17, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Density and Sustainability

Urban density is the number of people living in a particular urban area and is an important aspect of how cities function. Many modern urban planners advocate higher densities because of the widely held theory that cities operate more efficiently when residents live in denser urban surroundings.[read more]


New Global Report Highlights Value of Enhancing City-Business Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure

April 7, 2014 by Matthew Lynch

Infrastructure and Collaboration

An inspiring aspect of sustainability is how leaders on every continent are driving real action on climate change and sustainable development. However, even the mayors of the most advanced cities will say that they can’t do it alone and they need the engagement and collaboration of all stakeholders.[read more]