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Waste Management

'Living Breakwaters' Wins Buckminster Fuller Challenge

November 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Living Breakwaters

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, founded by Kate Orff, ASLA, has just received $100,000 from the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) for their “comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project” called Living Breakwaters.[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]

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This 3D Weaver Could Change the Face of Architecture

November 18, 2014 by Sophie Curtis

Textiles as Building Materials

Textiles have already changed the face of urban architecture. With the advancements in digital manufacturing, textiles are playing an even stronger role providing material that can be made on demand to spec with very little waste, changing how textile composites can be used as new building materials.[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]

From Seat Coverings to Soccer Balls: Southwest Airlines' Massive Upcycling Program

November 14, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Upcycling Seats to Soccer Balls

What would you do with 43 acres of used leather? Hard to imagine, isn’t it… the temptation, of course, would be to get rid of it as quickly and easily as possible. But most used leather has a lot of life left in it, so with a little imagination and elbow grease, all of that “waste” could be put to good use.[read more]

How Our Household Waste Explodes During the Holidays [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 9, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Holiday Waste

Are you already looking forward to the upcoming Winter holidays? I’m a Thanksgiving fan myself: nothing like sharing a big special meal with family and friends. Others, no doubt, look forward to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or New Year’s Eve and day.[read more]

8 Young Farmers, and 4 Farms, to Watch

November 8, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Young Farmers and Farms

From coast to coast, 20- and 30- something adults are ditching their power suits and ties for shovels and seeds. From novice upstarts to young farmers carrying on a family legacy, we’ve rounded up some inspiring, young farmers, farming duos, and teams who are leading the charge in sustainable farming.[read more]

Three Maps Help Explain São Paulo, Brazil's Water Crisis

November 6, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Brazil Water Crisis

The worst drought to grip São Paulo, Brazil and neighboring states in 80 years is wreaking havoc on the local population. As of late October, key reservoirs hold less than two weeks’ worth of drinking water. Schools and health centers are closing early, and restaurants are steering customers away from restrooms.[read more]

Q&A with Keith Tanner: The Debate Over Affordable Housing and Urban Farming in San Francisco

November 6, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

San Francisco broke new ground this past July by becoming the first California city to allow for tax incentives on land used for urban farming. The city’s Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Ordinance piggybacks on California State Assembly Bill 551, which permits state municipalities to create the zones.[read more]

Why ALL Cities Should Abandon Traditional Surface Water Drainage Strategies

November 5, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Drainage Issues in Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya lies at the border of the central highlands and the flat dry plains, composing an exceptionally interesting subtropical highland climate. This translates to two rainy seasons. The southern sloping terrain enables a natural drainage flow that settles in the southern plains, causing occasional flooding.[read more]

The Greenest Companies Consistently Outperform Markets

November 3, 2014 by Derek Wong

Green Company Performance

Apple, BMW, LG, HP, Coca-Cola, and Walmart are among the 187 companies cited by non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project for doing the most to combat climate change. These green warriors also outperform the Bloomberg World Index.[read more]