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Waste Management

Drink Your Water, And Eat The Bottle?

July 23, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier
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Drink, Eat Water Bottle

The need for drinks on-the-go that won’t pollute our environment with bottles is far from news, as the movement to increase the use of reusable/refillable water bottles has been gaining momentum. But as the movement grows, so does the American appetite for drinks sold in plastic bottles.[read more]

São Paulo, Brazil Reforms Urban Waste Disposal Practices

July 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Brazil Waste Reform

Many people separate dry waste from organic waste, but we know little about the destination of these materials. If, indeed, they are used for recycling, isn’t it possible to also reuse organic waste? The final destination of waste is a major concern of our cities today.[read more]

The Bus House: the Ultimate Act of Upcycling?

July 19, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Upcycling the Bus House

 

As I have actually heard from numerous builders in recent years, the term “green building” has largely just become “building”: incorporating efficiency features, renewable energy systems, and natural lighting and air flow elements just make sense.[read more]

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21 Features of the Future Sustainable City

July 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainability is about our children's children's lives.

We already have many of the ideas and inventions that are needed to make cities truly sustainable. Other ingredients are presently in development. In this article I make an attempt to summarise many of the key elements. In the comments section you are welcome to suggest more.[read more]

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New Alliance Links Sustainable Food to Solving Obesity Crisis

July 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Square Meal report links Health and Well-Being with Food and Farming Policies

A new alliance of national environmental, nutrition and health groups is calling on local and national governments to show leadership by linking up policies on health and well-being with food and farming policies.[read more]

Turning the Car Around: Decreasing High-Emission Automobiles is the First Step to a Greener China

Cars and Greening China

China has enough road to accommodate 300 million vehicles. With car ownership reaching 137, and 74 Chinese cities already reporting pollution surging above unsafe levels, adding another 170 million cars to the country’s roads will be an economic, environmental, and health disaster.[read more]

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India's 2014 Budget Promises Cash for 100 Smart Cities, Metros & Much More

July 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley.

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced a target of Rs.70,600 million to help create 100 smart cities, and a comprehensive set of measures intended to pave the way for new metro systems, cycling and bus schemes, roads, solar power and cleaning up the polluted river Ganges.[read more]

Atlanta Startup Brings Hyperlocal Hydroponics Across the Globe

Hyperlocal Hydroponics

“The reality is that there is just less water available for agriculture than there’s ever been. As you look to the future, the amount of food production that’s needed and the amount of water we’ll have to do it, is going to require that we grow the food with less water than we do today.”[read more]

Longwood Gardens Unveils 86-acre Meadow Garden

June 27, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Longwood Gardens

Known for its exquisitely-crafted formal gardens, Longwood Gardens has just unveiled its new meadow garden, 86 acres showcasing “best practices in ecological garden design with artistic interventions,” and designed by Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects with a team of local artisans.[read more]

Composting at Schools: Does it Really Address the Issue of Food Waste?

June 27, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

School Composting

I’m a die-hard composter myself – just ask my wife what happens when she throws scraps in the garbage – and, as long-time readers know, I’m a fan of the concept at both small and large scales. So, you’d expect that an article about it in the New York Times would have me cheering, right?[read more]

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The 2014 Solar Decathlon: 17 Countries Compete to Design Sustainable Housing

June 25, 2014 by David Thorpe

Solar Versailles displays astonishing innovation

This Friday is the start of the Solar Decathlon 2014 in Versailles, Paris, France. It is an international competition created by the US Department of Energy in which universities from all over the world meet to design, build and operate grid-connected, super-efficient, energy self-sufficient housing.[read more]

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Introducing UNEP's Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP) Program

June 24, 2014 by Andrew Schmidt

How do we cope with the needs of a rising urban population?

In this first of a new series of exclusive columns, Andrew Schmidt, consultant at the Global SCP Clearinghouse, which is convened by the UN Environment Programme, introduces the concept of Sustainable Consumption and Production, inviting Sustainable Cities Collective members to join the program.[read more]