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Five Ways to Organize Fundamental Sustainability Change

October 14, 2014 by This Big City
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Urban Sustainability and Change

Cities offer a promising intervention level for decisive local action to address sustainability challenges, especially in terms of policy and societal action. City officials are, however, often confronted with the limitations of the policy instruments available to them.[read more]

This Solar Cell Stores Its Own Power

October 12, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Solar Cells and Storage

This solar cell is unlike any others because it stores power. This patent-pending device, invented at The Ohio State University, is the world’s first solar battery. This intention has plenty of potential to be a disruptive factor for the renewable energy industry.[read more]

No Need to Waste Energy at Home: How to Improve Your Efficiency [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 12, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Home Energy Waste and Savings

Dreading the coming Winter, and those ugly heating bills that almost always accompany it? Yep, we hear you. On the upside, there are lots of things you can do to ensure that you don’t waste energy at home, and only pay for actual heating of your home’s space (and not the great outdoors).[read more]

An Urban Building Built from Its Own Waste? The London Organic Skyscraper

October 10, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Recycled Skyscraper

A special mention at the SuperSkyScrapers competition, the London Organic Skyscraper “grows” as it’s built, over time, from panels made from plastic waste from current residents. The collection and separation of materials, as well as the fabrication of the panels, would all take place within the building itself.[read more]

Seeking Sustainability, the Building Industry Targets Human Health

October 8, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Building Sustainability

Even with the progress that both designers and governmental offices have made in bolstering the ecological stewardship of our new building stock, the average baseline of construction is still notably far from the realm of consistently viable options we have at our disposal, let alone the cutting edge.[read more]

Six Things to Know About Sustainable Transport in Istanbul

October 8, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Istanbul Transport Sustainability

Istanbul has made many strides in sustainable transport in recent years. Through a world class bus rapid transit (BRT) system and pedestrianization of public spaces, Istanbul is working to improve transport access, health, road safety, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions and road congestion.[read more]

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VIDEO: What Makes a Sustainable City?

October 7, 2014 by David Thorpe
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David Thorpe

A talk and presentation by David Thorpe at Cardiff's Green City event on Saturday 27 September 2014. David is the Special Correspondent on Sustainable Cities Collective.[read more]

Engaging Istanbul's Youth for a More Sustainable City

October 7, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Youth and Urban Sustainability

A focus on sustainable development can help Istanbul preserve its rich cultural history. For example, Istanbul’s Historical Peninsula – a UNESCO World Heritage site – contains 295 pedestrianized streets that have helped to increase the vibrancy, safety, and accessibility of Istanbul’s historic hub.[read more]

As Cities Grow, So Should Their Energy Efficiency

October 6, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Growth and Efficiency

If you want to find major emitters of greenhouse gases, look no further than your city’s skyline. Buildings account for more than one-third of all final energy consumption and half of global electricity use. They’re responsible for approximately one-third of global carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

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10 Features of a Resilient City – How Many Does Yours Have?

October 2, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Mexico City, part of the 100RC network

Resilient cities are able to withstand potential disasters, whether they are due to extreme weather, national or international economic meltdown, grid power blackouts or disruptions in food supply, similar to transition towns. Here are 10 suggested qualities. Does your city possess them?[read more]

With Compact of Mayors, Cities Lead on Tackling Climate Change at U.N. Summit

October 2, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ
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Mayors, Cities, and Climate Change

Cities around the world made bold commitments to confront climate change. The Compact of Mayors, announced at the UN Climate Summit in New York City, gets cities to set ambitious targets and report their performance transparently. It builds on commitments to reduce their contributions to global climate change.[read more]

Brilliant Idea: The Green Benefits District

October 2, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Green Benefits District

At the EcoDistricts Summit in Washington, D.C., two urban innovators from San Francisco, the home of so many game-changing technologies, have come up with a truly brilliant idea: the Green Benefits District (GBD), a sort of green business improvement district.[read more]