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The Need to Establish Universal Green Building Standards

January 29, 2015 by Ivan Bruce

Around the world,buildings consume an estimated one-third of global energy. As more people move to cities and the developing world continues to modernize, energy consumption is only expected to increase. Is it time for a universal Green Building Standard?[read more]

Building a Aquaponics Megafarm in Anaheim: A Q&A With Aaron Flora

January 29, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Anaheim Megafarm

Aaron Flora has worked on creating farms with Renewable Farms for years, but he just recently embarked on his biggest project to date, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign: a mega-aquaponics farm for the city of Anaheim, California that will double as a community training center.[read more]

How Competitions Were Used to Speed Up Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy

January 29, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Policy Goals and Seeking Innovation

 

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, “HUD didn’t want to move at the speed of government” in its effort to create more resilient coastal designs in New York and New Jersey, so it started a special competition to speed things up.[read more]

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New Open Source Calculator Claims the World Can Live Well And Tackle Climate Change

January 28, 2015 by David Thorpe
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We can have our cake and eat it, apparently.

A new, seemingly authoritative and open source Global Calculator tool claims to have discovered that everybody in the world can have a reasonable standard of living that is compatible with living within planetary boundaries. But how is this possible? And how much would it cost?[read more]

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Healthy, Liveable, and Sustainable Communities Can Make a Big Difference in Our Lives

January 27, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Sustainable Communities and Health

Imagine a community — neighborhood, village, town, or city — that provides residents with plenty of opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life. A world-class community that strives to preserve or improve its economy, the quality of its environment, and the health and well being of its residents.[read more]

Bringing Sustainability to Small-Town America

January 26, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Small-scale sustainability

In my writing I frequently celebrate leadership in community sustainability from such progressive, highly urbanized metro areas. But it can be tough to find green practices in smaller towns and cities, many of which are struggling to stay alive and have trouble assembling the resources for new initiatives of any sort.[read more]

Vancouver Takes an Icepick to its Heritage Train Station

January 26, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Heritage vs. Innovation in Vancouver Architecture

For years, there has been a small parking lot next to Vancouver’s Waterfront Station offering spectacular views of the city’s North Shore. While many have argued that a park should be put there to open the area up to the public, it turns out that the city has much grander plans for the site.[read more]

Designing with Nature: Insights for Drought Resilience and Carbon in Elqui Valley, Chile

January 25, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Design and Natural Integration

Measures taken in cities to improve their adaptation to drought and for carbon sequestration are usually based on an efficient use of water and energy. But nature and rural areas near cities can provide key ideas to address these issues which are more in line with local needs and nature.[read more]

2014 Was the Hottest Year on Record

January 24, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

2014 and Temperature Records

In 2014, the Earth reached its hottest levels at least since 1880, when global temperatures were first recorded. According to NASA and the NOAA, much of the 1.24 F (0.68 C) temperature increase over the 30-year average was driven by warmer oceans, which were up 1 degree F over the average.[read more]

Interview with Chris Reed on Stoss' Futuristic Landscapes

January 23, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Futuristic Landscape Architecture

Chris Reed, ASLA, is founding principal of Stoss, which won the National Design Award for landscape architecture in 2012. Reed is Associate Professor in practice of landscape architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His most recent book is 'Projective Ecologies.'[read more]

Can We Have Better Growth and a Better Climate at the Same Time?

January 22, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA
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How to Grow While Protecting the Climate

 

Can we grow while protecting the climate? Yes, said Felipe Calderón, chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, who spoke at the Transforming Transportation conference in Washington, D.C. The economy and the climate are intrinsically connected, and so are their problems.[read more]

Making the Measure: A Toolkit for Tracking the Outcomes of Community Gardens and Urban Farms

January 22, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Community Garden Output Tool

Community gardeners and urban farmers across North America are using an innovative research toolkit developed in New York City to measure and track the impacts of their work. A small group of dedicated gardeners created the toolkit in mid-2013 as part of the Five Borough Farm initiative.[read more]