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Congregations Practice Faith through Environmental Leadership

February 24, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Faith and Environmentalism

A growing, multi-denominational religious movement is placing environmental protection at the center of its teaching and practice. Expressed in part by the phrase "creation care," these leaders believe that protecting the earth is a religious value, and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility.[read more]

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What Singapore Can Teach All Cities About Using Urban Green Infrastructure To Mitigate Megadroughts

February 17, 2015 by Warren Karlenzig

Singapore, where landscaping protects from extreme weather effects.

NASA's new report on the likelihood of megadrought in the Central and Western US is a harsh yet timely wake-up call for cities and the need for green infrastructure, which is often the best way to deal with problems of water scarcity, quality, flooding, and urban heat islands, according to John Parker, Chief Economist, Impact Infrastructure.[read more]

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Tea Party Activists, the ICLEI and Sustainability in Southwest Virginia

February 17, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Anti-ICLEI Roanoke County Supervisor, Al Bedrosian 

Membership of the ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives), which helps to guide – but imposes no mandates – on regions trying to sustain their economies, has been cancelled in Roanoke County, Virginia, by local Tea Party activists on political grounds.[read more]

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Would You Really Call Frankfurt The World's Most Sustainable City?

February 11, 2015 by David Thorpe

Hong Kong is ranked 8th

The multinational construction firm Arcadis has produced its own list of the world's most sustainable cities, out of a sample of 50 cities from 31 countries worldwide, but do the criteria used mean it has any value?[read more]

Towards a More Resilient Relationship Between Cities and Water

February 11, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Cities and Water and Resiliency

Fifty percent of Americans live in coastal cities now threatened by extreme storms brought on by climate change, said AIA NY President Tomas Rossant. Architects, landscape architects, urban designers, and engineers need to collaborate to save our coastal cities.[read more]

Environmental and Climate Guide to Support Parties for Local Elections in Spain

February 9, 2015 by Jesus Marcos Gamero Rus

Climate Education and Elections in Spain

 

In Spain a project has been launched which aims, from a non-partisan perspective, to provide climate and environmental ideas and arguments to local political groups in Spain during the drafting of their electoral programs in the upcoming municipal elections in May.[read more]

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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]

The Need to Establish Universal Green Building Standards

January 29, 2015 by Ivan Bruce

Around the world,buildings consume an estimated one-third of global energy. As more people move to cities and the developing world continues to modernize, energy consumption is only expected to increase. Is it time for a universal Green Building Standard?[read more]

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New Open Source Calculator Claims the World Can Live Well And Tackle Climate Change

January 28, 2015 by David Thorpe
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We can have our cake and eat it, apparently.

A new, seemingly authoritative and open source Global Calculator tool claims to have discovered that everybody in the world can have a reasonable standard of living that is compatible with living within planetary boundaries. But how is this possible? And how much would it cost?[read more]

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Healthy, Liveable, and Sustainable Communities Can Make a Big Difference in Our Lives

January 27, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Sustainable Communities and Health

Imagine a community — neighborhood, village, town, or city — that provides residents with plenty of opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life. A world-class community that strives to preserve or improve its economy, the quality of its environment, and the health and well being of its residents.[read more]

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There's a $90 Trillion Plan to Rid the World's Cities of Cars

January 26, 2015 by David Thorpe
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The way to go.

Over the next 15 years, about $90 trillion will be invested in infrastructure in the world’s cities, agriculture and energy systems. 24 leaders from government, business, finance and economics in 19 countries think it should be spent fighting climate change. And one of the key challenges is to remove cars from cities.[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]