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Seven Ways Belo Horizonte, Brazil Inspires Sustainable Cities

December 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Belo Horizonte and Sustainability

Belo Horizonte, Brazil is a city of remarkable cuisine, green spaces, and architecture. The city is increasingly designed using people-oriented urban development strategies that prioritize the people who make the city come alive. Even for outsiders, this state capital feels like home.[read more]

Cutting The Cord Without Blowing Up The Power Bill [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 17, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Saving Energy and Money at Home

I’ve been pushing the concept of “cutting the cord” at home: that is, getting rid of cable, and instead using an antenna and streaming device in conjunction with our wireless internet for our television entertainment. It would definitely save us money, but I hadn’t thought about what it might do to our electricity use.[read more]

Increasing Mode Share of Bus Transport in Indian Cities

December 16, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban India Bus Transport

Like many cities around the world, Indian cities are experiencing urbanization, motorization, and increasing congestion. Coupled with declining public transport use and infrastructure expenditures that promote a car culture by building roads, Indian cities are losing out on the standard of living that residents deserve.[read more]

Green Growth Strategies for Environmentally Sustainable Cities

December 15, 2014 by Anne Staley

Green Urban Growth

 

The contemporary urban lifestyle is driven by awareness about sustainability, thanks to the advent of the internet, new technology, and the widespread concern about disturbing the ecological equilibrium. Going one up on the ‘green quotient’ is what organizations around the world, small and large, are after.[read more]

U.S. to See More Urban Farming in 2015 as Economics Improve, Consumer Demand Increases, and More Incentives are Added

December 15, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Urban Farming in 2015

Urban agriculture is expected to maintain strong growth in the United States in 2015 as cities and states provide more incentives, more start-up farmers enter the field, smaller operations improve their profitability and consumer demand for locally grown food remains strong.[read more]

Three Promising Strategies for Financing Sustainable Cities

December 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Financing Sustainable Cities

 

Sustainable, accessible, thriving cities are within our reach. Investing in solutions like energy and building efficiency, integrated public transit and better land use can improve health, quality of life and economic opportunities. Civic leaders can look to three pathways to trigger more sustainable investment through climate finance and make capital more accessible to cities.[read more]

Are We Living in a Food Hub Bubble?

December 13, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Hub Bubble

Regional food hubs have become all the rage in the past year among local foods advocates. These startups promote local food system development by offering aggregation and distribution services to farmers, food producers and vendors around the country. But can they survive in the long term?[read more]

Fracking: Can Getting Involved Do Any Good?

December 11, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Fracking and Landscape Architecture

Do landscape architects have an ethical obligation to involve themselves in mitigating the impacts of fracking if communities decide to move forward with it?[read more]

Hundreds of Cities Poised to Replicate Rio's Approach to Measuring and Reducing Emissions

December 10, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Rio Emissions Reductions

In 2011, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes enacted an ambitious climate change law, setting a goal to avoid 20% of its emissions by 2020, based on 2005 levels. There was only one problem: the city wasn’t sure just how much it was emitting, or where its emissions were coming from.[read more]

Invisible City Life: The Urban Microbiome

December 10, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

The Urban Microbiome

Microbes play a key role in the function of ecosystems. They contribute to biodiversity, nutrient cycling, pollutant detoxification, and human health. Since they control the composition of the gases in the atmosphere, they also play an important role in climate change.[read more]

Retrofitting Suburbia: It's All About Context and Scale

December 9, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Suburban Sprawl and Context

As more sprawled-out suburban and rural communities attempt to turn abandoned, outdated shopping malls into walkable downtown destinations, the chances of things going wrong seem to rise. Developers may fail to understand context and the appropriate scale needed for a new mixed-use development.[read more]

Testing the Numbers on Recycling of Recyclables

December 9, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Rcycling and Recyclables

Despite the millions of tons of waste that has been diverted from landfill for a life of reuse, we have certainly not reached the point where we are recycling everywhere, and the places that do recycle are often still trashing considerable amounts of waste that could have more life to live.[read more]