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Study in Calgary, Canada Hopes to Improve Future Waste Water Treatment

November 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water Treatment in Canada

Lee Jackson, a professor in the University of Calgary’s department of biological sciences, is currently doing a project with his students concerning the treatment of waste water. The study aims to eliminate the hormones and chemical products contained in drinking water, which can cause certain health problems.[read more]

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An Area the Size of the European Union is Used for Urban Agriculture

November 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

... but more is needed to feed the world.

A new study has found that an area greater than the size of the European Union is being used already around and within cities worldwide to grow food. Nevertheless with one third of the area of cities needing to be set aside for growing food more needs to be done to protect and encourage this.[read more]

Breath of Fresh Air?

November 26, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Air Quality in Cities

Air is polluted when substances, energy or effects with the potential to harm are released into what you breathe. Air pollutants cause you harm such as loss of health, comfort, stability and amenity - and may poison you due to their toxicity. They can harm species growth and damage food chains/webs in ecosystems.[read more]

Bicycles As Transit in America

November 26, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Bikes as American Transport

It would be fair to say that most Americans view the bicycle as a tool of either a recreational user or a hardcore sportsman willing to spend thousands on a bike and accessories. Sometimes, we see examples of the citizen riding an old bike on the side of a dangerous road, or children riding on quiet, country streets.[read more]

Farmers Unable to Water Crops in Salazie, Reunion Island Due to Water Rates

November 26, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water Pricing and Community

In Salazie, Reunion Island, farmers were moved to action. They denounced the lack of water in the commune as well as the tariffs for the water that currently exists. In this period of drought, they criticize both the lack of discussion regarding water extraction and newly-announced water restrictions.[read more]

Robert Bullard: "Equity Can’t Be Left Out"

November 25, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Sustainability

True sustainability is a three-legged stool, said Dr. Robert Bullard, one of the fathers of environmental justice movement, at the ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting in Denver. It rests on environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, and equity. However, equity, Bullard believes, is still too often left out.[read more]

China's Clean Air Challenge: The Health Impacts of Transport Emissions

November 24, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China, Transportation, and Air Pollution

Air quality is one of many tragic social and environmental issues China has faced during its rapid urbanization and motorization. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection revealed that only 4.1% of the 74 surveyed cities met the new standards for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions.[read more]

From Vacant Lot to Garden Spot: LA-Based Nonprofit Greens Up Blighted Land

November 22, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Fixing Blighted Urban Land

Los Angeles-headquartered From Lot to Spot is true to its name—the organization transforms unused, vacant lots into vibrant spots of green space and parkland. According to founder Viviana Franco, they have spearheaded several urban and community garden initiatives throughout Southern California.[read more]

California Creates Farm-To-Fork Office, Passes Legislation Promoting Local Food Access

November 20, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

California Food Legislation

This past September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed seven pieces of legislation in honor of Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork week, an annual event that celebrates locally produced foods and promotes getting it into the hands of local consumers.[read more]

Protecting Watersheds As We Grow Our Cities and Towns

November 19, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Watershed Protection

We do not actually have to choose between things like a growing population and healthy economy on the one hand, and a healthy and sustainable environment on the other. We really, truly can have it both ways. The only thing is that we need to be very smart about it.[read more]

Non-Diversified Economic Markets in Detroit, Michigan: Autos and Now Agriculture

November 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Detroit Markets

Detroit, Michigan’s urban agriculture has been enjoying stunning popularity for several years. From a city in exponential decline since the national financial crisis of the end of the last decade, the city’s citizens are eager to promote a new paradigm that could help save the city from bankruptcy.[read more]

The Dumpster Dive Cafe:: How One 'Chain' Feeds People with Waste Food

November 16, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Dumpster Diving and Food Waste

The idea of feeding people struggling to make ends meet through a “pay what you can” model isn’t new, but a group of catering professionals and activists in the United Kingdom have taken this model one step further in an attempt to reduce food waste.[read more]