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Brussels, Belgium's Latest Music Festival: The Sustainable Paradise City

April 26, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Sustainable Music Festivals

It’s that time of year again: the moment when Belgian music festivals reveal their programs. And this year, a number of them have taken to riding the wave of environmentalism. Besides LaSemo and Esperanzah, the latest to enter this group is Paradise City Festival.[read more]

Mexico City's New Airport [VIDEO] Can It Really Be Sustainable?

April 22, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Air Travel Infrastructure


Mexico City's new airport will be one of the world’s largest airports at 470,000 square meters. This building will be the “world’s most sustainable airport” which uses less material and energy than a cluster of buildings, due to its compact single terminal.[read more]

How Food Waste Costs Our Cities Millions

Urban Food Waste


It would take farm land the size of Mexico just to grow the amount of food that humans produce, but do not eat, every year. More food goes uneaten at the consumption phase of the supply chain—in places like homes, restaurants and cafeterias—than at any other stage.[read more]

Cities and Regions Commit to the Sustainable and Inclusive Management of Water

Water Conservation Agreement

Cities and regions from all over the world gathered at the World Water Forum on the occasion of the 4th International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities on Water and reaffirmed the crucial need for the international community to adopt Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals.[read more]

Greening Bus Fleets Requires a Range of Strategies

Green Bus Strategy

In 2012 alone, Latin America saw 131,000 preventable air pollution-related deaths. To reduce emissions and improve air quality, it’s essential that public transit fleets—like buses—become more fuel-efficient by adopting cleaner fuels, like natural gas or low-sulfur diesel.[read more]

10 High Schools That Teach Hydroponics and Aquaponics as Sustainable Urban Agriculture

This is a classroom?

Hydroponics and aquaponics are an important part of sustainable agriculture, especially in space-scarce urban areas. Numerous high schools recognize the bright future of hydroponics and aquaponics, and as a result include it as part of their curriculum.[read more]

The New Toronto 2030 District

April 14, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto 2030 District

Toronto has been declared one of the 2030 Districts. These are designated urban areas committed to meeting the energy, water, and transportation emissions reduction targets of the 2030 Challenge for Planning. Toronto’s new 2030 District is downtown, and the first 2030 district outside of the US.[read more]

This Really Sucks: France's Eco-Village Pneumatic Waste Disposal System

April 13, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

This waste travelled at 70km/hr!

Since January 2015, the inhabitants of the new Clichy-Batignolles eco-neighborhood in Paris, France have been using a pneumatic waste collection system. This innovative waste management model, that will soon be implemented in the entire neighborhood, was born in Sweden 50 years ago.[read more]

Complex and Useful: Green Is Infrastructure

April 11, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Green Infrastructure Complexity

This report, in line with the current principles of sustainability, discusses green infrastructure as the visible expression of natural and human ecosystem processes that work across scales and contexts to provide multiple benefits for people and their environments.[read more]

Women in Food: Audrey Arner Sees Diversity as the Key to Soil and Water Health

Diversity and Health

Minnesota farmer Audrey Arner believes in the strength of diversity, which is why she worked over time in order to transform a Minnesota farm from a two-crop base of corn and soybean rotation back to its previous, more natural roots of polyculture.[read more]

Fortaleza, Brazil Shows Why Waste Matters for Sustainable Urban Development

Urban Development and Waste

In 2002, Brazil produced 60,000 metric tons of waste per day, 76 percent of which was disposed of in landfills with no long-term management or water treatment. In response the country passed the PNRS in 2010, which aims to make integrated waste management a national priority.[read more]

Why Planning for Expansion Helps Build Sustainable, Equitable Cities

Planning for Growth, Equality, and Sustainability

Consensus is building around the many benefits of compact cities, which use fewer resources, produce fewer carbon emissions, and provide better quality of life. But in rapidly urbanizing countries in the global south, many cities are expected to double their populations in the coming decades.[read more]