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7 Opportunities for Green Buildings in China, According to Developers

April 23, 2015 by CC Huang

Green Building Potential in China

China’s low-carbon future may very well depend on green buildings. With nearly two billion square meters of new floor space added in the country each year, China’s building sector offers tremendous opportunities for the country to move toward a cleaner economy.[read more]

Mexico City's New Airport [VIDEO] Can It Really Be Sustainable?

April 22, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Air Travel Infrastructure

 

Mexico City's new airport will be one of the world’s largest airports at 470,000 square meters. This building will be the “world’s most sustainable airport” which uses less material and energy than a cluster of buildings, due to its compact single terminal.[read more]

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European Countries Lack Harmony on What Makes A Near Zero Energy Building

April 21, 2015 by David Thorpe

Nice building – but how does it perform?

A new report finds that many European countries still lack a definition of near zero energy buildings, and are not doing nearly enough to save their residents money and reduce carbon emissions. Where definitions exist, they are not very comparable between nations. But where definitions are legislated for, the market is driving improvements.[read more]

Revealed: LEED-Certified Apartments Earn 9% Higher Rents

April 19, 2015 by GBIG Insight
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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]

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]

China's Clean Air Challenge: Public Unrest Forges the Path Ahead

China Air Pollution Risk and Public Action

Toward the end of 2011, episodes of severe pollution levels in China started attracting worldwide attention. Global media employed terms like “airmageddon” and “airpocalypse,” sparking considerable discussion and debate on social media. Four years later, air pollution remains a pressing issue in Chinese cities.[read more]

The New Toronto 2030 District

April 14, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto 2030 District

Toronto has been declared one of the 2030 Districts. These are designated urban areas committed to meeting the energy, water, and transportation emissions reduction targets of the 2030 Challenge for Planning. Toronto’s new 2030 District is downtown, and the first 2030 district outside of the US.[read more]

Complex and Useful: Green Is Infrastructure

April 11, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Green Infrastructure Complexity

This report, in line with the current principles of sustainability, discusses green infrastructure as the visible expression of natural and human ecosystem processes that work across scales and contexts to provide multiple benefits for people and their environments.[read more]

Why Planning for Expansion Helps Build Sustainable, Equitable Cities

Planning for Growth, Equality, and Sustainability

Consensus is building around the many benefits of compact cities, which use fewer resources, produce fewer carbon emissions, and provide better quality of life. But in rapidly urbanizing countries in the global south, many cities are expected to double their populations in the coming decades.[read more]

Alternative Materials: Will Our Future Resilient Cities Rise from the Landfill?

April 9, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Cities out of Landfills?

1.3 billion tons of waste is generated each year in cities worldwide. With a rabid consumerist hunger, it is unsurprising that 30% of the world’s waste comes from America. San Francisco is hoping to change this by becoming the first major U.S. city to reach a “zero-waste” goal by 2020.[read more]

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Five Cities with Top Game-Changing Sustainability and Resilience Projects

April 8, 2015 by Warren Karlenzig

Game-Changing Cities

Game-changing mega-projects in these five cities promise cross-cutting impacts including low-carbon mobility, recreation, green infrastructure, societal improvements, and mobile communications. By planning diverse and ambitious results, these resilient plans take years to decades, but promise massive rewards.[read more]