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Bringing Sustainability to Small-Town America

January 26, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Small-scale sustainability

In my writing I frequently celebrate leadership in community sustainability from such progressive, highly urbanized metro areas. But it can be tough to find green practices in smaller towns and cities, many of which are struggling to stay alive and have trouble assembling the resources for new initiatives of any sort.[read more]

What Excites You About Cities and Transportation?

January 26, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Transport and the Future

“Climate change is already costly and shaping development,” said Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s chief climate representative. “The problem is this poor trade-off has been set-up: we can either have growth, progress, prosperity, or we can halt all our dreams to reduce carbon emissions. It’s not a vote getter.”[read more]

Engaging Local Governments at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster Mitigation and Government Policy

The Third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Reduction will take place from in March in Sendai, Japan, where an agreement on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction will be adopted. This framework will support our collective efforts to build nations and communities that are resilient to disasters.[read more]

2014 Was the Hottest Year on Record

January 24, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

2014 and Temperature Records

In 2014, the Earth reached its hottest levels at least since 1880, when global temperatures were first recorded. According to NASA and the NOAA, much of the 1.24 F (0.68 C) temperature increase over the 30-year average was driven by warmer oceans, which were up 1 degree F over the average.[read more]

Interview with Chris Reed on Stoss' Futuristic Landscapes

January 23, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Futuristic Landscape Architecture

Chris Reed, ASLA, is founding principal of Stoss, which won the National Design Award for landscape architecture in 2012. Reed is Associate Professor in practice of landscape architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His most recent book is 'Projective Ecologies.'[read more]

Paper From Plastic Bottles: An Environmental Win?

January 23, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Plastic, Paper, Recycling, and the Future

Two entrepreneurs have figured out how to make mineral paper out of PET plastic bottles that’s four times cheaper than current methods.[read more]

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Sustainable Airline Biofuels Come A Step Closer

January 22, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Is it bye-bye to flying?

The planet is warming, and the most climate-friendly thing you can probably do is avoid flying. But aviation is growing at 5% per year. New tech breakthroughs and a new report are beginning to show how airline fuel could become more sustainable...[read more]

Transport Plays a Key Role in Urban Air Quality

January 22, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transportation and Pollution

Private cars account for less than one-third of trips in cities worldwide, but are responsible for 73% of urban air pollutants. Per capita, private cars generate three times more greenhouse gas emissions than public transport systems like buses.[read more]

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Awards for Sustainable Energy Projects in European Cities

January 21, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Last year's winner: the self-sufficient Polish Commune of Kisielice.

This year, the European Union is, for the first time, offering to recognise sustainable energy projects that operate at a local level in cities, communities and regions. There are just two weeks left to enter initial details of a project to the competition, with a final deadline of 28 February 2015.[read more]

Who Needs Cars? Smart Mobility Can Make Cities Sustainable

January 21, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Smart Sustainable Mobility

Smart urban mobility has multiple benefits. For one, it helps reduce congestion and improve traffic safety in cities worldwide. Efficient transport systems like bus rapid transit (BRT) save commuters time, reap economic benefits, and reduce the risk of traffic crashes.[read more]

Alternative Energy Options Expand in Galway, Ireland

January 21, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Galway Renewables Growth

Facing the Atlantic Ocean, Galway in Ireland is one of the windiest places on Earth. Wind energy was always going to be the number one alternative energy choice, but there are others including geothermal energy, hydropower, solar and biomass.[read more]

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Revealed: the Greatest Global Business and Societal Opportunities in Sustainability

January 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

Some see risk, others see opportunity.

They say that crises and risks for some are opportunities for others. Following on from the World Economic Forum's Global Risks report last Friday, is a new Global Opportunities Report, published this morning by UN Global Compact, DNV GL and Scandinavian think tank Monday Morning.[read more]