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

April 7, 2014 by Matthew Lynch

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]

New UN Report: World Is Ill-Prepared for Climate Change

April 6, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Climate Risk

In the second in a series of new reports, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said the impacts of climate change are already being felt in every continent and every ocean, and the effects will worsen as greenhouse gases enter the atmosphere at an accelerated rate.[read more]

LPL Financial Opens San Diego Net-Zero Energy Office Tower

April 5, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Net-Zero Office Tower


LPL Financial today announced the opening of its new net-zero energy San Diego headquarters, Tower II at La Jolla Commons. The company reports this facility is the largest net-zero energy commercial office building in the U.S.[read more]

Top Five Under-Rated Low Carbon Transport Solutions

Low Carbon Transport

Climate change is not a joke. Here at TheCityFix, we realize that we need to get serious about our strategies to reduce carbon emissions from transport. The world needs to explore bold, creative approaches to climate change mitigation if we are to preserve this world for future generations.[read more]

Green Prefab Homes, Part II: BioSIPs

April 2, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Green Homes

This is the second part of our series on green prefabricated homes, and this time we are writing about structurally integrated panels, SIPs and BioSIPs. Of most interest to use from a green and sustainability perspective are BioSIPs., as you will soon discover.[read more]

Buckeyes Banning LEED

April 1, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Ohio Banning LEED?

The Ohio State Senate has been prompting media chatter by its support of Senate Concurrent Resolution 25, which would ban the use of the United States Green Building Council’s LEED v4 building rating system on state funded projects.[read more]

New York City Gets Ready for a Self-Reinforcing Fungus Tower

March 30, 2014 by This Big City

Fungus Tower

Typically “fungus” and “building” are not words people like to hear together. While we were busy scrubbing the black mold off our bathtubs, David Benjamin, head of the New York architectural firm The Living, was designing the Hy-Fi, a 40-foot-tall circular fungal tower.[read more]

“The Wind at Our Backs": An Interview with Alta Bicycle Share Co-Founder Jeff Olson

Bike Sharing

Recently Jeff Olson, co-founder of Alta Bicycle Share, took a moment to sit down for a discussion on bike-share and sustainable urban mobility with TheCityFix. Our discussion spanned Olson’s thirty years of work in the field and his thoughts on the future of sustainable transport.[read more]


Could the Free Heat in Water Bodies Help Heat our Towns and Cities?

March 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

The heating network trench being dug.

Could a renewable source of energy be sitting right under our noses waiting for us to exploit it? Last week, a large-scale type of heat pump development on the River Thames in London achieved the ‘best new technology’ award. It has the potential to be replicated widely.[read more]

Solve Humanity's Toughest Problems

March 27, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Humans Solving Problems

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is looking for solutions to the world’s toughest problems. They just released the call for entries for their 2014 Fuller Challenge, “socially-responsible design’s highest award.” Everyone is invited to go for the $100,000 prize for most outstanding strategy.[read more]

Four Awesome (and Odd) Gadgets for Your Sustainable Commute

Sustainable Commutes


South by South West, the yearly festival that celebrates all things in tech and entertainment, has just wrapped up in Austin, Texas. The festival featured many cool and innovative new devices – like virtual reality goggles, or a computer that doubles as a chef.[read more]