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Each Country Will Make 'National Pledge' to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

December 18, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Emissions Cutting Agreement in Lima

 

Recently, negotiators from nearly 200 countries built further momentum towards a global deal to limit climate change. At a United Nations conference in Lima, Peru, each nation agreed to enact domestic laws to reduce emissions and submit their plans detailing their cuts by March 2015.[read more]

Magical Thinking in the Age of Green

December 18, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Transitioning to Green

Today we are in the Age of Green. Green cities, green businesses, urban greening, green buildings, green energy, green cars, making green money from green. The Age of Green is an assumption that a transition toward a sustainable “green” society is possible.[read more]

Restoring Food's Value Through Urban Refrigerators

December 18, 2014 by This Big City

Food, Value, and Access

It is estimated that about 40% of the food produced in the world is discarded for reasons as outlandish as a failure to meet aesthetic standards such as size, shape or colour. According to estimates by the European Commission, more than 100 million tonnes of food will be wasted this year in the EU zone alone.[read more]

Interview with William Wenk on Denver's Efforts to Become a More Sustainable City

December 17, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Denver Sustainability Efforts

Adaptive resuse is messy, but it’s a wonderfully rich way of way of thinking about the world. The world is not a clean and tidy place. The landscapes a lot of us want to live in aren’t necessarily clean and tidy, but they’re vital. They’re alive. This line of thinking can lead us toward the next generation of urban landscapes.[read more]

Seven Ways Belo Horizonte, Brazil Inspires Sustainable Cities

December 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Belo Horizonte and Sustainability

Belo Horizonte, Brazil is a city of remarkable cuisine, green spaces, and architecture. The city is increasingly designed using people-oriented urban development strategies that prioritize the people who make the city come alive. Even for outsiders, this state capital feels like home.[read more]

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How to Save Millions on Air Conditioning by Designing Passively Cooled Buildings

December 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

A wind tower on a building used for night cooling.

Air conditioning is by far the greatest consumer of electricity in buildings in hot countries, but architects can use passive solar techniques to keep them cool, and in many cases successfully eliminate the need for expensive air conditioning.[read more]

Community Participation in Parks Development: Two Examples from Berlin

December 16, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Parks and Communities in Berlin

On a Friday night at the end of November 2014, nearly 200 people arrived in the departures zone of Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport for five hours of presentations, working groups and community-led exhibitions. The occasion? A consultation on the management strategy for Tempelhof Park.[read more]

Green Growth Strategies for Environmentally Sustainable Cities

December 15, 2014 by Anne Staley

Green Urban Growth

 

The contemporary urban lifestyle is driven by awareness about sustainability, thanks to the advent of the internet, new technology, and the widespread concern about disturbing the ecological equilibrium. Going one up on the ‘green quotient’ is what organizations around the world, small and large, are after.[read more]

U.S. to See More Urban Farming in 2015 as Economics Improve, Consumer Demand Increases, and More Incentives are Added

December 15, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Urban Farming in 2015

Urban agriculture is expected to maintain strong growth in the United States in 2015 as cities and states provide more incentives, more start-up farmers enter the field, smaller operations improve their profitability and consumer demand for locally grown food remains strong.[read more]

Three Promising Strategies for Financing Sustainable Cities

December 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Financing Sustainable Cities

 

Sustainable, accessible, thriving cities are within our reach. Investing in solutions like energy and building efficiency, integrated public transit and better land use can improve health, quality of life and economic opportunities. Civic leaders can look to three pathways to trigger more sustainable investment through climate finance and make capital more accessible to cities.[read more]

If We Plant the Plants Will the Insects Follow?

December 13, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Nature and Urban Green Space

Remnants of indigenous vegetation are the only remaining examples of ecosystems that were once more extensive before human settlement. They are therefore vital for preserving and promoting biodiversity. Remnant vegetation also serves as a refuge for indigenous plants, fungi, and animals.[read more]

Waste Not, Want Not: 7 Innovative Organizations Turning Excess into Aid

December 12, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

There is no such thing as "surplus" food.

Virtually every major city has a food pantry to help the needy, but some food aid organizations are raising the sustainability bar by putting excess food and food waste to good use. Many offer culinary training programs and others use algorithms to match excess food with those who need it.[read more]