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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]

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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"There is no Plan B": Business Leaders Label New IPCC Report "A Wake-Up Call"

April 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Greenpeace's response to IPCC report

Urgent action by governments around the world is required to prevent the average global temperature from reaching a disastrous 4.8°C (8.6°F) by the end of the century, according to a new report endorsed by governments, from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) after a one week meeting in Berlin.[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]

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]

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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]

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San Francisco Inspires Mobility in European Cities

April 10, 2014 by Vitor Pereira

San Francisco and Mobility

Tenacity, persistence and a lot of patience are the attributes that Timothy Papandreou, Director of Transport Planning of San Francisco, considers essential to take forward some of the most important developments in the mobility sector not only in American cities but also throughout the world.[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]

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UK Launches World's First Scheme to Pay Homeowners to make Renewable Heat

April 9, 2014 by David Thorpe

It's Mr Renewables!

The first scheme in the world that will pay owners of domestic buildings for generating renewable heat has been launched in the UK. Like feed-in tariffs, the financial incentive scheme offers householders a fixed amount per kilowatt-hour generated from various technologies.[read more]

414 Cities Report Over 4000 Climate Actions

Cities and Climate Action

Looking for inspiration when tackling climate change? Take a look at what Cities do…. Cities and towns of diverse sizes and economic standings are registering more climate commitments, actions and performance – and are generally more ambitious than their national governments.[read more]

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

April 7, 2014 by Matthew Lynch
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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]

Plan Sampler for Small Houses Under 1000 Square Feet

April 7, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Small House Plans

A lengthening list of people are interested in building small houses, not big ones. With today’s world population at 7.221,475,940 people there are abundant reasons for building smaller. Economics enter into the planning, as well, as does the notion of simplifying lifestyles.[read more]