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Health & Nutrition

Chicago Startup Offers Healthy, Organic Foods in Vending Machines

Healthy Vending Choices

As a traveling salesman, Luke Saunders knew first hand just how hard it can be to find fresh food on the go. “I was the person who would pick up prepared food for the road because I knew that when I got there, there wouldn’t be good options,” he says.[read more]

Shanghai Tower Raises Questions on the Future of Walkability

Shanghai Walkability

Shanghai Tower, designed by the transnational architecture design tycoon Gensler, will quite soon become the third tallest building in the world, likely this year. Once complete, it will proudly join Shanghai’s already very famous and highly crowded skyline[read more]

Minnesota's Evapotranspiration Credit System for Trees

April 12, 2014 by Leda Marritz

Minnesota Credit System for Trees

Last year, The Kestrel Design Group developed a formula for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to estimate evapotranspiration benefits from trees to include in their stormwater crediting system. This formula is one of the first in the country to formally quantify this benefit.[read more]

New Approaches to Urban Infrastructure and Service Provision

April 11, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Urban Infrastructure

The development of “Cities for Life” requires infrastructure to bring life’s fundamentals to the community: water, sanitation, housing, transportation, energy. Historically, stark inequities in access to these basics have divided cities, leaving informal communities marginalized.[read more]

Getting to Higher Ground with Rooftop Farming

Rooftop Farming

Higher Ground Farm founder John Stoddard is all about moving on up when it comes to urban agriculture. He and his business partner, Courtney Hennessey, farm on the roof of the Boston Design Center, a 55,000 square foot space in South Boston, and completed their first farming season in 2013.[read more]

Urban Gardeners May Be Unaware of How Best to Manage Soil Contaminants

April 10, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Soil and Contaminants

With spring here and many urban homeowners and community gardeners itching to get out in the garden for planting, this information from Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future concerns possible soil contaminants. Understanding how to manage potential contaminants is valuable information.[read more]

City of Denver Advances Local Food Policy With Public-Private Partnerships

Denver and Food Security

Where does your food come from? Residents of Denver may have scratched their heads over it, because most of the city’s food was sourced from elsewhere. Recently, however, stakeholders in the private and public sectors collaborated to help food growers prosper within the Denver metropolitan area.[read more]

Greening London's Motorways to Create a New Future for the City

April 9, 2014 by This Big City

Green London Roads

Driving into London by car is an oddly seamless experience. The motorway never relents, meaning that motorists can dissect the capital’s suburban semis and Georgian terraces to float into the heart of Zone 1 without ever having to leave the luxury of three lanes.[read more]

New Friendly Garden Share Project for Bristol

April 8, 2014 by Paul Rainger

Bristol Garden Share

A new Friendly Garden Share project is starting up in Bristol, and is looking for neighbourhood co-ordinators across the city. The project puts owners of underused gardens who would like to share their space in touch with local growers. In return the gardener shares a proportion of the produce.[read more]

414 Cities Report Over 4000 Climate Actions

Cities and Climate Action

Looking for inspiration when tackling climate change? Take a look at what Cities do…. Cities and towns of diverse sizes and economic standings are registering more climate commitments, actions and performance – and are generally more ambitious than their national governments.[read more]

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Equity put at Forefront of Sustainable Urbanism at World Urban Forum 7

April 7, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Inclusion must be central to urbanism

Over 25,000 delegates have gathered in Medellin, Colombia for the seventh UN Habitats' World Urban Forum “Urban Equity in Development - Cities for Life”, where the dominant theme is equality and inclusion.[read more]

New UN Report: World Is Ill-Prepared for Climate Change

April 6, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Climate Risk

In the second in a series of new reports, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said the impacts of climate change are already being felt in every continent and every ocean, and the effects will worsen as greenhouse gases enter the atmosphere at an accelerated rate.[read more]