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67 Examples of Cities Showcasing Energy Efficient Building Policies

April 7, 2015 by David Thorpe

Tthe first hospital in the world to earn Platinum certification under the LEED for New Construction rating system. Photo courtsey of McConnell Photography

Approximately 74% of 67 cities examined in a report published last week are implementing incentives for a greener built environment, 61% have enacted green building policies for municipal buildings and 49% are pursuing sustainable community policies.[read more]

Building a More Competitive Mexico City Through Energy Efficiency

Mexico City Efficiency Planning

Mexico City – 1 of 5 global cities – is now working on a Building Efficiency Accelerator for retrofitting buildings to use less energy and make them competitive. At least 20% of the city's emissions come from buildings, so improving energy use will help the city hit its goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020.[read more]

China Designs the World's First Hydrogen Tram [VIDEO]

April 6, 2015 by Future Cape Town

China's Hydrogen Tram

The China South Rail Corporation announced this month the advent of the only hydrogen powered tram, making China, in this sense, the only country in the entire world that has applied the hydrogen fuel cell technology to a public transportation system.[read more]

SITES Certifies 12 More Projects

April 4, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Sustainable Sites

The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) has certified a dozen more sustainable landscapes from all across the USA for meeting rigorous standards for environmental design and performance, bringing the total number of SITES-certified projects to nearly 46.[read more]

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The Businessman Who Wants Biodiesel in Every Car in Dubai

April 3, 2015 by David Thorpe

Training in the collection of used vegetable oil for biodiesel conversion.

One day, Dubai and the rest of the oil-rich Middle East will no longer be able to take oil from the ground. The economy instead will run on biofuels and renewable electricity. One man knows this and is already succeeding in creating a demand and a market for biodiesel. Let's hear what he has to say.[read more]

Testing Urban Resilience Strategies with Pilot Projects

Pilot projects allow strategies to be tested

Pilot projects allow resilience-building institutions to look before they leap, yet many pilots encounter resistance—and with good reason. The large-scale problems facing cities demand large-scale solutions, but often this action never materializes. Without taking time to follow up on lessons learned, even a successful pilot can be a waste.[read more]

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European Mayors Band Their Cities Together to Fight Climate Change

March 30, 2015 by David Thorpe

The Covenant of Mayors

Mayors of 30 cities in Europe have signed a joint initiative on climate change in which they pledged to undertake to "reduce by at least 40% (their) greenhouse gases by 2030", in line with the European Union's goal and pledged to collectively purchase clean energy technology to make it more competitive.[read more]

Seattle's Emerging EcoDistrict

March 30, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA
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Seattle District Planning

EcoDistrict planning and design can accelerate local efforts to improve sustainability. They offer a framework through which communities can plan initiatives that address climate change by providing clean energy, conserving wildlife habitat, and encouraging low-impact development and also social equity.[read more]

4 Ways to Pitch a Smarter Built Environment

March 30, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Smarter buildings and communities start with smarter marketing and communications. Which words do you choose – smart, green, profitable, eco, resilient, healthy, clean, high tech, cool, secure, fun? Whether we like it or not, we are all in sales and this kind of messaging matters.[read more]

The U.S. Federal Government Just Got a Lot Greener

March 24, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

President Obama signing a new executive order on sustainability

President Obama signed a new executive order which will guide agencies toward sustainable operations. From planning for resiliency to natural disasters and climate change to implementing stringent stormwater management practices, it addresses aspects of landscape, architecture and community planning.[read more]

Why Are the Two Most Sustainable Forms of Transport Missing from the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

Sustainable Development and Transportation

In a forthcoming international agreement that will steer development policy and funding for the next 15 years, the question remains whether walking and biking as transport modes will be recognized as a proven way of creating more sustainable cities.[read more]

How Smart Regulations can Improve Public Transport in Brazilian Cities

Brazil and Transportation Innovation

Over the past few years, demand for buses has been declining in major Brazilian cities. How should city and transport leaders respond to this alarming trend? One possible solution is to improve the quality and productivity of bus service. To achieve this, smart regulations can play an important role.[read more]