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Green Buildings Bring Vertical Forests to the City

April 15, 2014 by Derek Wong

Verticle Forests

Visually stunning and environmentally progressive condo buildings and office towers are appearing in Europe and Asia in recent years, including the Bosco Verticale in Milan, Hearst Tower in New York, and Urban Cactus in Rotterdam. Corporations and condo developers take note.[read more]

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UK Announces £1bn for Three New Garden Cities

April 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The first ever garden city at Letchworth.

The UK government has announced that it wishes to see three new garden cities built in the south of England. It has pledged £1 billion of funding and created a new body, the Urban Development Corporation to drive forward their development, along with another garden city announced last month at Ebbsfleet, east of London.[read more]

San Diego International Airport Tabs Borrego Solar to Install 3.3 MW Solar System

April 14, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

San Diego Airport Solar

The San Diego Regional Airport Authority, which oversees the San Diego International Airport (SDIA), has announced plans to eventually install a 3.3-megawatt solar system that is expected to save up to $8 million in energy costs over 20 years.[read more]

Balance is Overrated: An Interview with World Forestry Center’s Rick Zenn

April 13, 2014 by Leda Marritz

World Forestry Center

The World Forestry Center is a nonprofit educational institution that was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1964. Their mission is to educate and inform people about the world’s forests, trees, and environmental sustainability and to increase public awareness of the benefits of sustainable forestry management.[read more]

Chicago Startup Offers Healthy, Organic Foods in Vending Machines

Healthy Vending Choices

As a traveling salesman, Luke Saunders knew first hand just how hard it can be to find fresh food on the go. “I was the person who would pick up prepared food for the road because I knew that when I got there, there wouldn’t be good options,” he says.[read more]

Minnesota's Evapotranspiration Credit System for Trees

April 12, 2014 by Leda Marritz

Minnesota Credit System for Trees

Last year, The Kestrel Design Group developed a formula for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to estimate evapotranspiration benefits from trees to include in their stormwater crediting system. This formula is one of the first in the country to formally quantify this benefit.[read more]

Getting to Higher Ground with Rooftop Farming

Rooftop Farming

Higher Ground Farm founder John Stoddard is all about moving on up when it comes to urban agriculture. He and his business partner, Courtney Hennessey, farm on the roof of the Boston Design Center, a 55,000 square foot space in South Boston, and completed their first farming season in 2013.[read more]

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European Cities Urged to Link Up to Achieve a Circular Economy

April 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

House 2019 - winner of a 2014 EMAS Award

A European Commission forum has this week highlighted the latest developments, benefits and challenges for civil society and public administrations, not to mention businesses across Europe, and hosted the EMAS Awards for eco-efficiency with numerous case studies.[read more]

Urban Gardeners May Be Unaware of How Best to Manage Soil Contaminants

April 10, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Soil and Contaminants

With spring here and many urban homeowners and community gardeners itching to get out in the garden for planting, this information from Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future concerns possible soil contaminants. Understanding how to manage potential contaminants is valuable information.[read more]

Wild Urbanism: Zaryadye Park Will Bring Nature to Moscow

April 10, 2014 by Ash Blankenship

Zaryadye Park in Moscow

Dubbed the “Central Park” of Russia’s capital, Zaryadye Park will be the first park developed in Moscow in half a century. The park, designed by Diller, Scofidio+Renfro, will be based on a concept of wild urbanism, in which people and plants co-exist.[read more]

Greening London's Motorways to Create a New Future for the City

April 9, 2014 by This Big City

Green London Roads

Driving into London by car is an oddly seamless experience. The motorway never relents, meaning that motorists can dissect the capital’s suburban semis and Georgian terraces to float into the heart of Zone 1 without ever having to leave the luxury of three lanes.[read more]

New Friendly Garden Share Project for Bristol

April 8, 2014 by Paul Rainger

Bristol Garden Share

A new Friendly Garden Share project is starting up in Bristol, and is looking for neighbourhood co-ordinators across the city. The project puts owners of underused gardens who would like to share their space in touch with local growers. In return the gardener shares a proportion of the produce.[read more]