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Seven Ways to Encourage Sustainable Commuting in Your Workplace

October 11, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sustainable Commuting

Car-oriented cities have a much number of costs for citizens’ health and well-being. Up to 75% of urban air pollution is caused by motor vehicle fuel combustion, and in 2012, 3.7 million premature deaths were linked to outdoor air pollution.[read more]

10 Business Incubators Helping Entrepreneurs Cook Up Local Food

October 11, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture
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Businesses and Local Food

From sourcing to licensing to food safety, the learning curve for making and marketing local food can be steep. According to National Public Radio, there are now over 200 incubators across the country now working to help new local food startups succeed.[read more]

Rotterdam Reinvents the Urban Food Market

October 11, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Rotterdam Urban Food Market

Every now and then a piece of architecture comes along that makes you feel like your city should be more beautiful — or at least very least: bolder. In this case, it’s the new Market Hall in Rotterdam, which has been making the rounds on the internet since it opened last week.[read more]

Women in Food: Suzanne Nelson Moves from Journalist to Sustainable Livestock Farmer

October 10, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Livestock Farming

Suzanne Nelson was a journalist, working for Roll Call in D.C. In a self-described dream job, she wrote about money, politics, and separation of powers. But while on the career path toward becoming a reporter for a major daily newspaper, Nelson became disillusioned with the process of making news.[read more]

Seeking Sustainability, the Building Industry Targets Human Health

October 8, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Building Sustainability

Even with the progress that both designers and governmental offices have made in bolstering the ecological stewardship of our new building stock, the average baseline of construction is still notably far from the realm of consistently viable options we have at our disposal, let alone the cutting edge.[read more]

Character Over Credit: Kiva Zip Creates New Model for Small-Scale Ag Loans

Small Scale Agriculture Loans

 

Traditional banking systems are notoriously reticent to provide start-up capital, especially to farming ventures. Tightening regulations lending, institution consolidation and less USDA capital available overall in recent in years have conspired to make the situation even more difficult.[read more]

Paris, France Aims for Bicycle Trips to Account for 15% of Transport by 2020

October 5, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Paris Biking Support

More parking spaces for bikes, new bike paths on the main roadways, widespread 30km/h zones, and possibly wider bicycle paths or even banning automobile traffic surrounding markets; these are some of the measures included in the Parisian local government’s new “bike plan.”[read more]

RiverFit: Memphis Park Gets a Big Boost

October 3, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Parks and Public Health in Memphis

Earlier this month, Memphis opened “RiverFit”, a pop-up fitness area and trail along the Mississippi River bank. The project’s public and private-sector partners hope the temporary installation will catalyze health-focused park efforts in Memphis, a city routinely counted among the most obese in the country.[read more]

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10 Features of a Resilient City – How Many Does Yours Have?

October 2, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Mexico City, part of the 100RC network

Resilient cities are able to withstand potential disasters, whether they are due to extreme weather, national or international economic meltdown, grid power blackouts or disruptions in food supply, similar to transition towns. Here are 10 suggested qualities. Does your city possess them?[read more]

There is No Such Thing as Waste, Only Wasted Resources

October 2, 2014 by Walid Norris

Waste, Wasted Resources, and Efficiency

With growing populations and increasing impacts from climate change, forward-thinking cities are scrambling to adopt green infrastructure to become more resilient. Green roofs, green spaces and flood management systems can help cities like Rotterdam manage climate impacts.[read more]

Tech Tools for Food Hubs: Oregon Firm Builds Sustainability Through Software

Food Sustainability and Software

Local Food Marketplace provides a software platform for food hubs that allows them to reach customers, aggregate production and compete with traditional distribution. “We help food hubs from the planning process to figuring out what their availability will be on a weekly basis,” says founder Amy McCann.[read more]

Why You Should Worry: Five Unhappy Truths about the U.S. Food System

September 29, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food System Problems and Risks

The convergence of processed foods, chemically intensive farming and a gas-guzzling supply chain have created a food system in the United States that would have seemed fantastical—and quite possibly nightmarish—to folks who lived in this country just a century ago.[read more]