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New BicyclAir Map App Measures Air Pollution for Cyclists in Montreal

Bike Route and Pollution Monitoring

A new app has been released that tells cyclists what air pollution levels are like in Montreal on their journey, while providing maps of cycle routes. Researchers at McGill University have developed an online interactive tool that will give cyclists information about the level of pollution on the exact path they wish to take.[read more]

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How Vertical Farming Can Make You a Better Eater

May 5, 2015 by Evan Bromfield

Growing fresh, clean, and local produce that reduces pollution

Healthy, or sick, which would you choose? Though the data has been there for years, there is a growing awareness in America about how powerful the relationship between our diets and our health is. That’s obvious, but what might not be so obvious is how much easier it’s going to be to support that relationship.[read more]

How Laws Around Retail Make Poor People Unhealthy

May 4, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Nutrition and Access

'Food deserts’ are made by supermarket chains. "Supermarkets are generally free to do business without any significant degree of regulation… the urban informal food economy… is regularly the target of control, regulation and draconian eradication policies" - Dr Jane Battersby.[read more]

How Street Food has Captured the Public Realm in Portland, Defying Planners

May 4, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Street Food in Portland

In Portland, Oregon, street food has become a phenomenon, growing in popularity over the last ten years. The result has been a transformation of the public realm, as well as many privately-owned spaces in our downtown and neighborhoods.[read more]

Student Organization Wins Award for Showing How to Promote Cycling

Student Cycling Expansion

A student organization that promotes green values including cycling, by offering cut-price bikerentals, has won an award that will let it develop its work. It also makes people aware of eco-citizenship and sustainable development, and promotes eco-mobility on campus.[read more]

Report Shows Link Between Obesity and Lack of Supermarket Access in Michigan

Michigan Food Desert Impacts

Hunger very often hits children, who need nutrition to learn and develop, the hardest. Wanting to help solve this problem in Michigan, The Food Trust recently released a report outlining the scope of the problem and recommendations for an action plan.[read more]

Top 10 Features of Bike-Friendly Cities

April 30, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Bike-Friendly Cities

The Danish urban design firm, Copenhagenize, publishes annual bicycle friendliness rankings of cities around the world, based on the most important features. This list of features is curated from a cross-section of citizens in a variety of places where cycling is already a major feature of urban life.[read more]

Weeding Cancer-Causing Chemicals Out of Landscape Maintenance

April 30, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Green Space Health

The World Health Organization recently declared that the herbicide glyphosate “probably” causes cancer. Monsanto Co.'s Round Up product's main ingredient is glyphosate. Many local administrations use the products to keep weeds down. They should now be phasing them out. Some already are.[read more]

Mexico City's Traffic Congestion Slows Economic Growth, Costs Businesses

Traffic and the Economy in Mexico

In mega-cities like Mexico City, more cars on the road brings greater traffic congestion, pollution and road safety challenges. These problems are well-documented, but new research documents another issue with Mexico City’s car congestion—it creates economic costs to businesses and their employees.[read more]

Daoukro, Ivory Coast Launches First Waste Management and Sanitation Trainings

April 29, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ivory Coast Waste Management

As part of their urban sanitation platform, the Ivory Coast’s Ministry of the Environment, Urban Sanitation, and Sustainable Development initiated a series of actions that brought sanitation infrastructure to all cities. These actions also lead to the creation of organized local waste management systems.[read more]

NYU Urban Farm Lab Teaches Important Lesson in Urban Agriculture

Urban Farming at NYU

NYU’s Urban Farm Lab is not your typical classroom, but for students at NYU’s Food Studies program, it’s where they learn one very important lesson: how to grow food in the big city. It was the inspiration of NYU graduate student Daniel Bowman Simon who thought there should be an urban garden on campus.[read more]

Michigan Food Innovation Hub Fosters Collaboration between Local Food Producers

Michigan Food Innovation

Local food producers in Northwest Michigan are entering an era of collaboration thanks to the emergence of the Grand Traverse Food Innovation Hub. The food hub is an important step toward a more connected and cooperative local food community in the region.[read more]