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Amazing Ways in Which Modular Buildings are Environment-Friendly

February 13, 2015 by Anne Staley

Modular buildings are prefabricated and consist of several sections or ‘modules’ that can be transported using a crane onto a building’s foundation to match the building’s layout. Interestingly, modular constructions adhere to federal codes set down by the U.S. HUD.[read more]

The Waste Biz: E-Waste Recycling Poised For Growth

February 13, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Electronic Waste Recycling Growth

We all know that there’s a lot of e-waste being created: most of us want the latest gadgets. So computers, cameras, cell phones, and other consumer tech have a replacement rate of five years tops. That rate will continue to shorten as developing economies grow. But there's cash in all this waste....[read more]

Single-Family Can Be Urban, Too. But How Can It Be Sustainable?

February 12, 2015 by Canin Associates

Responsive Housing Design

American housing design is in need of a paradigm shift. Recognizing generational preferences, increasing affordability constraints, and sustainable solutions are needed to start a new chapter in the planning of our cities, especially when it comes to housing.[read more]

Would A Rewards Program Encourage You To Recycle More?

February 12, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Recycling and Rewards

A lot of people wonder why they don’t get paid for recyclable materials – after all, there is a market for these materials. But, in essence, we do: we get paid in the convenience of curbside and single-stream programs. We’ve always had the option of taking materials to a recycler ourselves, but, by and large, we don’t.[read more]

Are Eco-Towers Coming to Downtown Paris, France?

February 12, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Paris smart city 2050

How can we invent the city of the future while considering the constraints, necessities, and aspirations of its inhabitants? An engineering and architecture firm has been working on Paris’ Climate/Energy Plan, to be achieved by 2050. Their work led to plans for large, 'negawatt'-energy apartment buildings.[read more]

Eight Examples of Using Indigenous Knowledge for Urban Biodiversity 

February 11, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Urbanization, Local Knowledge and Biodiversity

The original inhabitants of a city's location know it better than anyone. Here are examples of how their expertise on biodiversity and ecosystems for the provision of water, food and other services are recognized, in Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Japan, Australia and Canada.[read more]

Food Waste to Energy: Louisville, Kentucky Food Hub Plans Onsite Power Plant

February 9, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Hub Power Plant

A food hub is in the works for the west side of Louisville, Kentucky, but it’s not just any ordinary food hub. Organizers also envision an onsite power plant, which will consist of an anaerobic digester that would have the ability to turn waste into methane gas.[read more]


Investors Dumping Coal & Gas Should Now Look at Sustainable Infrastructure

February 6, 2015 by David Thorpe

Go Fossil Free Day is 13/14 Feb.

Attendees at the upcoming Financing Sustainable and Resilient Global Infrastructure Summit in May might just include the world's richest sovereign wealth fund which will be looking for somewhere to put its money after it has divested itself from coalmining by dumping 40 coalmining companies from its portfolio.[read more]

Bordeaux, France Makes Plans to Execute its Energy Transition

February 6, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Bordeaux Energy Choices

On January 12th, the Economic and Sustainable Development committees of the French Senate traveled to Bordeaux, the capital of the Gironde department. The trip was made in light of the recent debate around the country’s Energy Transition Bill.[read more]

On Being an Urban Environmentalist

February 6, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Urban Environmental Action

Earlier this week, I was invited to participate in a career panel on being an “urban environmentalist” for a university class. While it was flattering to be given this title, I hadn’t really considered how I fit the definition, or even how I got to this place in my career.[read more]

""Required Reading": Sustainable Urbanism by Douglas Farr Reviewed

February 5, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Sustainable Urbanism

In Sustainable Urbanism, Douglas Farr succeeds in wrapping his arms around a large array of pertinent wisdom while shedding light on how many facets exist in the urban design process–and as a result how many opportunities there are for positive impact.[read more]

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Empowering Sustainable Actions Through Design

February 5, 2015 by This Big City

Design and Sustainability

Today’s cities are filled with creative ideas on how to decrease waste and make recycling initiatives more appealing to local residents. However, it is still important to raise public awareness of recycling and reuse, encouraging people to make a positive impact on society.[read more]