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The Uncomfortable Facts About Biking and Minorities

August 14, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Biking and Race

A lot of people will insist that there are no racial barriers to bicycling. This may technically be true. Everyone is technically welcome to bicycling. But why is it, according to the research of Eve Bratman and Adam Jadhav, that “in some places, the people who ride are mostly wealthy and white?”[read more]

Serious About Green Roofs: Four Things We Need

August 13, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Green Roof Development

National specialists argued that as the cost of green roofs were the highest before an industry was established, and that this was the current case in South Africa, they didn’t “see the rationality of a developer wanting to do a green roof unless there is some type of compensation for them”.[read more]

Seven Classic, Must-Read Books About the Local Food Movement

Local Food Classics

The term “locavore” has been used to describe people as diverse as former hippies living off the land as well as foodies perusing farmers’ markets for organic produce. The notion of local food and its place in the United States’ economy is evolving, however.[read more]

How Much Do You Know About Cape Town's Surrounding Farmland?

August 9, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town Farm Land

Cities around the world are trying to preserve natural spaces within the urban jungle. Such spaces not only create green havens for citizens to enjoy, but can provide a platform for creating jobs. If nurtured and developed correctly, this can have a huge impact in South Africa.[read more]

Six Powerhouse Food Policy Councils Driving Local Food in Cities

Local Food Policy Influence

There are now food policy councils in every state across the U.S., tasked with bringing diverse stakeholders together towards the creation of policies and laws that help develop the economic, environmental, and social infrastructure that makes up a local food system.[read more]

Women in Food: Journalist Tracie McMillan Explores Crossroads Of Food And Poverty

Food and Poverty

Over the past few years, journalist Tracie McMillan has carved out a space to talk about food in a way that is not discussed with any frequency in mainstream media sources, namely, how it relates to the lives of various working-class and poor people.[read more]

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Payback Time: Where ex-Mafia Land is Used to Grow Organic Food and Reclaim a Sustainable Way of Life

August 8, 2014 by David Thorpe

Making wine the traditional way.

The City to City Barcelona FAD Awards are for outstanding projects that have a positive and transforming effect on cities and their inhabitants. The Libera Terra project in Sicily uses land confiscated from the Mafia to grow organic food and reclaim traditional, sustainable ways of life.[read more]

Rain Ready: Taking on the Mighty Thor

August 8, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier

Rain Ready

Jupiter, Thor, Mother Nature, ritualistic rain dances – since the dawn of time, humankind has created ways to explain the inexplicable of weather, change the course of the unchangeable and deal with the harm it could often inflict on innocent communities.[read more]

Serious About Green Roofs: Are Cape Town and Durban Serious?

August 7, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Green Roof Development

The only incentive towards green roofs in South Africa is a sustainability rating tool called the Green Building Council’s Green Star SA Credits. This voluntary system was inspired by the 2002 Australian Green Star tool and has been in effect since 2007.[read more]

Study Points to Bright and Dark Spots in Corporate Sustainability

August 5, 2014 by Tyler Caine
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Corporate Sustainability

Our dedication to the corporate engine that runs our consumer culture makes corporate perspectives on sustainability important. It is not uncommon to have localities where the vast majority of residents are diligently proactive on sustainability efforts while the participation of businesses remains tepid.[read more]

Vancouver's First Urban Tree Nursery Opens in the Downtown Eastside

August 5, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver Urban Tree Nursery

Carbon dioxide absorbers. Oxygen providers. A source of shade from the elements. Added peace and beauty to gritty urban streets. Trees provide all of these benefits, making them essential to city life. However they are rarely nursed and grown to maturity in the city.[read more]

Remembering Goullet the King, the Most Incredible Cycling Hero You've Never Heard Of

August 3, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Cycling Hero

Australian Alf Goullet taught himself, building a cycle track on his father's land, using the family horse to flatten the grass in to a course. Spotted by professional cycling talent scouts, he moved to America aged just 19, and he never looked back.[read more]