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Mellon Square: A Modern Masterpiece

October 29, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Mellon Square

Recently restored to much ado through a six-year process, Mellon Square in Pittsburgh was the first Modernist space in the nation built over a subterranean parking garage. Considered a precursor to today’s green roof movement, Mellon Square is a showcase for urban revitalization through historic preservation.[read more]

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Why Don't Sustainable Technologies Automatically Lead To More Sustainable Lives?

October 28, 2014 by David Thorpe
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 Unilever's idea of behaviour change

A new study has found that people use domestic energy-saving systems in unexpected ways – often cancelling out any savings. it's not the first to do so, raising the question: how can we encourage people to lead more sustainable lives? I'm wondering whether it is to do with our beliefs. What do you think?[read more]

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Europe Sets 40% Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target for 2030

October 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action in the European Commission, at the summit.

European leaders have set binding targets of at least 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, 27% for the share of renewable energy consumed, and an indicative target of 27% for improving energy efficiency.[read more]

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100 Cities Sign UP for Climate Change Adaptation Program

October 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Mayors Adapt is the name of this game 

The first pan-European initiative to support cities in leading the way on adaptation to climate change saw 100 cities be recognised at the Mayors Adapt Signature Ceremony in Brussels last week attended by high-level representatives.An Urban Adaptation Support Tool was launched that any city may use.[read more]

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Indian Industry Think Tank Proposes Improved Government Guidelines on Smart Cities Resilience Model

October 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

The report's cover

An Indian business think tank has developed a Smart Cities Maturity Model (SCMM) to establish the metrics to be applied to a Future City for gauging resilience. It argues that current investment in India for its 100 Smart Cities programme must apply these to be successful, and is dangerously narrow-focussed at present.[read more]

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USAID Signs Deals to Foster Eco-Cities in the Middle East

October 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

USAID's paradigm shift on waste 

Mediterranean cities and those of the Middle East should move towards a green economy, delegates said at The Eco Cities of the Mediterranean Forum, which is being held in Amman, Jordan, and where three major agreements have been signed by USAID to finance sustainable developments.[read more]

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Why Are European States Refusing to Eco-Refit Their Public Buildings?

October 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

The European Commission has set a target for 3% of public buildings throughout the continent to be renovated to improve their energy efficiency every year. We all know this will save public money on energy bills. But most countries are dragging their feet. Why?[read more]

Solar City Will Offer New Homeowner Financing Program on Solar Systems

October 17, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

For those wanting to convert their electrical energy supply to solar panels, but have been road-blocked by affordability issues, such as the up-front cost, Solar City has announced it will start offering homeowners a form of financing for their solar system called MyPower.[read more]

Grants to Aid Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Goal: Swimmable & Fishable by 2020

October 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Baltimore Inner Harbor Clean Up

As a major port city, Baltimore’s history with industrial activity influenced how the city’s land has been zoned and developed over time. The resulting design, infrastructure, and zoning of Baltimore’s neighborhoods has not always lent itself to environmental protection and sustainability.[read more]

A Common Vision: NYC People's Climate March and City Parks

October 15, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Activism and Public Vision

While goals of climate change campaigns such as the recent People's Climate March commonly include calls for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and transitioning to renewable sources of energy, the role of parks in the overall environmental health of cities is often overlooked.[read more]

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The UN Plans that EVs Will Make 30% of Individual Journeys by 2030 – But Where Will The Electricity Come From?

October 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

A quarter of families in Copenhagen with two children or more own a cargo bike. And cycle in the snow.

A new UN initiative has been launched that aims to make electric vehicles make 30% of individual motorised journeys in cities by 2030. But where is the sustainable energy source going to come from to supply the extra electricity needed? The UN should be supporting more walking and cycling in cities to take people out of vehicles altogether.[read more]

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Cities and Subnational Governments Meet in Korea to ask: Can Cities Help Stop Species Loss?

October 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

Catalonia, Quebec and Sao Paulo at the Biodiversity Summit for Cities Subnational Governments

The Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments is this week highlighting the invaluable contribution of cities and subnational governments towards greener national economies and improved quality of life across nations.[read more]