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Seven Classic, Must-Read Books About the Local Food Movement

Local Food Classics

The term “locavore” has been used to describe people as diverse as former hippies living off the land as well as foodies perusing farmers’ markets for organic produce. The notion of local food and its place in the United States’ economy is evolving, however.[read more]

São Paulo's New Master Plan Prioritizes Sustainable Urban Development

August 11, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sao Paulo Master Plan

The largest city in Latin America has prioritized curbing car culture and making streets more pedestrian friendly. São Paulo’s new strategic master plan, unveiled on July 31, 2014, focuses on people-oriented development and improved public and non-motorized transport.[read more]

Community Energy Planning: From Visioning to Implementation

August 11, 2014 by Laura Tozer

Community Energy Plan

Communities across Canada are grappling with concerns about energy security, global warming, and environmental impacts of energy. In the search for ways to plan for their energy future, more and more municipalities are turning to community energy planning.[read more]

Small Living Spaces: Better for You and the Environment [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 10, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Compact Living Efficiency

While the “Great Recession” probably contributed greatly to the growth of the “tiny house” movement, there’s also plenty of evidence that bigger really isn’t better for living space. You have more room for your stuff but you’ve also got more to clean, more to heat and cool, and more to maintain.[read more]

How Much Do You Know About Cape Town's Surrounding Farmland?

August 9, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town Farm Land

Cities around the world are trying to preserve natural spaces within the urban jungle. Such spaces not only create green havens for citizens to enjoy, but can provide a platform for creating jobs. If nurtured and developed correctly, this can have a huge impact in South Africa.[read more]

Women in Food: Journalist Tracie McMillan Explores Crossroads Of Food And Poverty

Food and Poverty

Over the past few years, journalist Tracie McMillan has carved out a space to talk about food in a way that is not discussed with any frequency in mainstream media sources, namely, how it relates to the lives of various working-class and poor people.[read more]

Recycling Waste into Homes for the Homeless of San Francisco

August 8, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Waste, Recycling, and Homelessness

With over 6,000 homeless people in San Francisco, there are a variety of housing services available. Although even with shelter programs, and temporary and subsidized housing options, more than half of homeless individuals are still sleeping on the street.[read more]

Serious About Green Roofs: Are Cape Town and Durban Serious?

August 7, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Green Roof Development

The only incentive towards green roofs in South Africa is a sustainability rating tool called the Green Building Council’s Green Star SA Credits. This voluntary system was inspired by the 2002 Australian Green Star tool and has been in effect since 2007.[read more]

Study Points to Bright and Dark Spots in Corporate Sustainability

August 5, 2014 by Tyler Caine
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Corporate Sustainability

Our dedication to the corporate engine that runs our consumer culture makes corporate perspectives on sustainability important. It is not uncommon to have localities where the vast majority of residents are diligently proactive on sustainability efforts while the participation of businesses remains tepid.[read more]

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How Sustainable is a 'Sustainable Building' in Practice?

August 1, 2014 by David Thorpe
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One Brighton development

The first major review has been published of pioneering development One Brighton's performance against its challenging 2020 One Planet targets and show where it has succeeded and where it has failed over its sustainability targets.[read more]

Beach Pollution a Major Threat to Fisheries, Economy, and Tourism in Fortaleza, Brazil

July 28, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Beach Pollution in Brazil

The mission: picking up trash on a stretch of the Praia do Futuro (Beach of the Future in Fortaleza, Brazil). Sponsored by the Cleaning the World Organization, volunteers gathered together with gloves to protect their hands, clipboards to record their progress, and bags to be filled.[read more]

Ecological Landscape Design for Urban Biodiversity, Ecological Education and Nature Restoration in Kyushu, Japan

July 28, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Japan and Urban Biodiversity

We have been designing school gardens, river banks, urban forests and city parks over the last 12 years. The aim of these projects is to create areas for children’s play, ecological education, and biodiversity preservation that can simultaneously form part of an ecological network in an urban area.[read more]