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Trial and Error of CSAs and Farm Co-Ops is About to Pay Off in Baltimore City

December 12, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Baltimore and Urban Farming

The United States has lost over four million farms since 1930, which was around the time the economics and sustainability of farming was changed by factory farming and other challenges. Baltimore County has lost nearly 150 farms between 2002 and 2012.[read more]

Fracking: Can Getting Involved Do Any Good?

December 11, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Fracking and Landscape Architecture

Do landscape architects have an ethical obligation to involve themselves in mitigating the impacts of fracking if communities decide to move forward with it?[read more]

Hundreds of Cities Poised to Replicate Rio's Approach to Measuring and Reducing Emissions

December 10, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Rio Emissions Reductions

In 2011, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes enacted an ambitious climate change law, setting a goal to avoid 20% of its emissions by 2020, based on 2005 levels. There was only one problem: the city wasn’t sure just how much it was emitting, or where its emissions were coming from.[read more]

Invisible City Life: The Urban Microbiome

December 10, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

The Urban Microbiome

Microbes play a key role in the function of ecosystems. They contribute to biodiversity, nutrient cycling, pollutant detoxification, and human health. Since they control the composition of the gases in the atmosphere, they also play an important role in climate change.[read more]

Urban Agriculture: What's Really Making a Mark?

December 9, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Urban Farming Successes

It’s easy to label urban farming as the solution to serious societal problems like food deserts, economic development, and obesity. But not all urban farming is alike. Some methods are bound to be more successful, profitable, and impactful than others.[read more]

Launch Of First Global Standard To Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Cities

Today ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) launched the first widely endorsed standard for cities and urban areas to accurately measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.[read more]

How Gravity (And a Little Coagulant) Could Transform How Communities Clean Water

December 8, 2014 by This Big City

Installing the water-purifying device in Honduras.

Purifying water as a safe and healthy resource is a problem that is as old as civilization itself. When people started living together in anything bigger than traveling bands of shepherds and hunters, potable water became a shrinking resource.[read more]

Like Manufacturing Once Did, the Legacy Economy Will Usher in a New Era of Prosperity

December 6, 2014 by Jim Russell

Manufacturing and Legacies

Foreign financial capital displaces local industry from the central business district. The hot money attraction concerns a globalized form of health care that appeals to clients around the world. The geography of demand for medical services is limitless, which effectively uncaps what patients are willing and able to pay.[read more]

Women in Food: Sasha Kanno Brings Sustainable Farming to LA Suburb

December 6, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Southern California resident Sasha Kanno, 38, cares so much and so deeply about where food for her friends and family comes from that she started a nonprofit biodynamic farm and training/education center in Long Beach, a suburb of Los Angeles.[read more]

How Low-Carbon Urban Transport Boosts Social and Economic Development

December 5, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Transport Low-Carbon Boost

The challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas is not a competing goal to cities’ development. By making low-carbon solutions in the transport sector a high priority, cities can become economically attractive, socially inclusive, healthy homes for billions of urban dwellers worldwide.[read more]

People in Big Cities Walk Faster

December 5, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Big City Walking

One of the most interesting things about cities is that as they grow their “urban metabolism" also tends to increase. People become more productive. Economic output increases. It becomes easier to hail a cab. And, according to this recent article by CityLab, people walk faster.[read more]

Cities Can Lead the Way as Drivers of Better Growth and a Better Climate

December 4, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Cities and Climate Change

Cities can drive better economic growth while also reducing climate risk. They are at the forefront of the fight to protect the climate and eradicate poverty, and are often trailblazers in a world in which nation states typically move more slowly to address global challenges.[read more]