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"There is no Plan B": Business Leaders Label New IPCC Report "A Wake-Up Call"

April 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Greenpeace's response to IPCC report

Urgent action by governments around the world is required to prevent the average global temperature from reaching a disastrous 4.8°C (8.6°F) by the end of the century, according to a new report endorsed by governments, from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) after a one week meeting in Berlin.[read more]

San Diego International Airport Tabs Borrego Solar to Install 3.3 MW Solar System

April 14, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

San Diego Airport Solar

The San Diego Regional Airport Authority, which oversees the San Diego International Airport (SDIA), has announced plans to eventually install a 3.3-megawatt solar system that is expected to save up to $8 million in energy costs over 20 years.[read more]

Wild Urbanism: Zaryadye Park Will Bring Nature to Moscow

April 10, 2014 by Ash Blankenship

Zaryadye Park in Moscow

Dubbed the “Central Park” of Russia’s capital, Zaryadye Park will be the first park developed in Moscow in half a century. The park, designed by Diller, Scofidio+Renfro, will be based on a concept of wild urbanism, in which people and plants co-exist.[read more]

Bulgarian Syngas Project Launches Construction

April 8, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Bulgarian Construction

Bulgarian plans to use alternative fuels for generating sustainable electricity are now taking shape, following the start of construction of the Karlovo integrated gasified biomass power plant. When completed the plant will distribute cleaner electricity, using wood waste and straw, to some 2,000 homes.[read more]

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New Global Report Highlights Value of Enhancing City-Business Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure

April 7, 2014 by Matthew Lynch
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Infrastructure and Collaboration

An inspiring aspect of sustainability is how leaders on every continent are driving real action on climate change and sustainable development. However, even the mayors of the most advanced cities will say that they can’t do it alone and they need the engagement and collaboration of all stakeholders.[read more]

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Could the Free Heat in Water Bodies Help Heat our Towns and Cities?

March 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

The heating network trench being dug.

Could a renewable source of energy be sitting right under our noses waiting for us to exploit it? Last week, a large-scale type of heat pump development on the River Thames in London achieved the ‘best new technology’ award. It has the potential to be replicated widely.[read more]

Bio-Retention Breakthroughs in Kansas City, Missouri

March 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Kansas City Urban Development

Kansas City is planning to move on the Arrowhead Transmission Main project in the future to address storm-water management and related issues in the city. This entails attempting to increase system capacity, improve overall system reliability, and to accommodate regional Northland community growth.[read more]

Simulation Models Are Fantastic Tools for Engagement

March 21, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Models for Engagement

A lot of recent discussion around urban planning, resilience, and sustainable cities has included ideas about community engagement. How do we get the public more engaged in urban planning in ways that are effective — that honors good design, evidence-based science and community desires?[read more]

Banking on Sustainability: A New Conception of Smart Cities

Banks and Sustainability

The idea of “smart cities” – defined as those whose social and technological infrastructure accelerates sustainable economic growth – has captured the attention of city leaders and urban dwellers around the globe. It has also caught the attention of international development banks.[read more]

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Thirsty Cities: World Warned about Wasteful Water Use

March 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

Water and Energy - both must be conserved

Saturday, March 22 is World Water Day 2014. The United Nations and World Bank are using it to convey the urgent message that water and energy are interrelated - both must be provided sustainably. Water used for energy generation must be minimized, recycled and not polluted.[read more]

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Cities Have the Power to Lead the Renewable Energy Movement

March 13, 2014 by Lynn Englum

Illinois Goes for Renewable Energy

91 communities in Illinois are now receiving 100% of their electricity from renewable energy. In the heart of coal country, these are towns both large and small, Democratic and Republican, that have chosen to purchase renewable electricity for their residents and small businesses.[read more]

Finding Enough Affordable Housing in Aurora, Illinois

March 10, 2014 by Metropolitan Planning Council

Housing in Aurora

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has an 80-year history in public housing—from helping form the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) in the 1930s to playing an organizing role with the nation’s largest public housing transformation.[read more]