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Seattle's Emerging EcoDistrict

March 30, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Seattle District Planning

EcoDistrict planning and design can accelerate local efforts to improve sustainability. They offer a framework through which communities can plan initiatives that address climate change by providing clean energy, conserving wildlife habitat, and encouraging low-impact development and also social equity.[read more]

4 Ways to Pitch a Smarter Built Environment

March 30, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Smarter buildings and communities start with smarter marketing and communications. Which words do you choose – smart, green, profitable, eco, resilient, healthy, clean, high tech, cool, secure, fun? Whether we like it or not, we are all in sales and this kind of messaging matters.[read more]

The Waste Biz: Apple Expected To Accept Any Old Cell Phones For Recycling

March 29, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Cell Phones and Recycling

I always take the easiest route when it comes to recycling my old cell phones: I leave it with the retailer from which I’ve bought a new one. If you want more value than convenience, though, your options are about to expand: Apple plans to expand its Reuse and Recycling Program to include non-iOS phones.[read more]

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Pacific Cities Resolve to Improve Urban Resilience and Upgrade Informal Settlements

March 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

News from the Pacific Urban Forum 2015 

The Pacific Urban Forum 2015 met over the last week on the island of Fiji, under the theme of “Towards a New Pacific Urban Agenda: Harnessing Opportunities in a Post-2015 Environment”, to discuss how the emerging needs of cities in the region can meet the present challenges.[read more]

Village in the City: A View from Kuala Lumpur

March 26, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Change in Kuala Lumpur

Kampung Baru’s vernacular architecture and human scale has remained a village within a city, with low-rise wooden detached houses, kitchens and cafes spilling into the streets, and rich social life. Ethnic Malay families from several villages were relocated here and given land rights to maintain a ‘village life.’[read more]

How Arborists can Work with Developers to Preserve Green Infrastructure Under Pressure

March 24, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Green Urbanism Trends and Meaning

David Dockter, from the Planning and Community Environment and Public Works in Palo Alto, explains how to work with developers to overcome the urban pressures on the needs of – and for – trees. He describes how he helps them understand the benefits, and shows how he uses building permits and planning tools as levers.[read more]

The U.S. Federal Government Just Got a Lot Greener

March 24, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

President Obama signing a new executive order on sustainability

President Obama signed a new executive order which will guide agencies toward sustainable operations. From planning for resiliency to natural disasters and climate change to implementing stringent stormwater management practices, it addresses aspects of landscape, architecture and community planning.[read more]

7 Ways in which Trees and Vegetation are Essential for Cities and Health

March 23, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Urban Trees and Public Health

The National Arbor Day Foundation has a simple app on its website that allows visitors to see how a city changes as it adds tree cover and other vegetation. Using a little sliding tool, one can gradually change the illustration from one with few trees to one with abundant trees, and the difference is striking.[read more]

New Book Tells of Small, Rural Farmers Beating the Odds in Tobacco Country

Small Farms and Innovation

In a time and place where unprecedented numbers of small farmers are going under every year, a new book profiles eight small farmers who are using a blend of creativity and market research to craft a niche for themselves in difficult economic conditions.[read more]

Watch the Film They Don't Want You to See: Under The Dome

March 20, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Under the Dome, a Chinese documentary film that exposes the truth about pollution in China, has been watched by more than 200 million viewers there. While it was first supported by the new Chinese environmental minister, it has since been removed from public view by the Chinese government censors.[read more]

Ten Extra Water Days: What Are You Doing March 41st?

March 19, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

March 16-22 marks the annual Fix a Leak Week, a wonderful awareness initiative presented by the U.S. EPA and their WaterSense partners. But before exploring the actions we're called to take in honoring Fix A Leak Week, I'd like to consider for a second the fictional week you could be gaining March 32-41.[read more]

The "Mountain of Crap" Becomes a Park

March 19, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Waste Spaces and Park Transformations

 

The “Mountain of Crap,” the nickname for Hiriya landfill, and Freshkills share more than just evocative names. They are also two of the most outstanding examples of landscape transformation, in this case, urban landfills that have become parks.[read more]