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Twelve Contemporary Art Projects Exploring Sustainable Development

August 28, 2014 by This Big City

Sustainable Development and Art

There’s some sustainable creativity afoot a few kilometres outside of Milan. Running for the third year, Ecoismi is an outdoor art project that looks at the topics of environmental protection and sustainable preservation. Ecoismi has brought together artists from across Europe.[read more]

In Plessis-Gassot Garbage Provides First-Ever Source of Methane Energy in France

August 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

France, Methane, and Garbage

The commune of Plessis-Gassot in the Île de France region has just opened a power plant that will furnish the amount of energy equivalent to the consumption of 41,200 households, thanks to methane produced by the fermentation of non-recyclable waste.[read more]

Waste Not, Want Not: Author Explores America's Food Waste Problem

Food Waste Problems

Local and sustainable food is great, as long as it is put to use. But according to food writer Jonathan Bloom, many people are chronic wasters of what they eat, which results in the loss of nutrition (not to mention the effort required to produce it) to a vacuum.[read more]

Sustainable Design Innovation: Perez Art Museum Miami

August 25, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Sustainable Museum Design

The built and natural environments merged to form something new and amazing in Miami: The Perez Art Museum. One of the most fascinating recent uses of integrated design, the museum features a hanging garden and a complementary, tropical landscape filled with native plants and irrigated by the building itself.[read more]

Seven Classic, Must-Read Books About the Local Food Movement

Local Food Classics

The term “locavore” has been used to describe people as diverse as former hippies living off the land as well as foodies perusing farmers’ markets for organic produce. The notion of local food and its place in the United States’ economy is evolving, however.[read more]

São Paulo's New Master Plan Prioritizes Sustainable Urban Development

August 11, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sao Paulo Master Plan

The largest city in Latin America has prioritized curbing car culture and making streets more pedestrian friendly. São Paulo’s new strategic master plan, unveiled on July 31, 2014, focuses on people-oriented development and improved public and non-motorized transport.[read more]

Community Energy Planning: From Visioning to Implementation

August 11, 2014 by Laura Tozer

Community Energy Plan

Communities across Canada are grappling with concerns about energy security, global warming, and environmental impacts of energy. In the search for ways to plan for their energy future, more and more municipalities are turning to community energy planning.[read more]

Small Living Spaces: Better for You and the Environment [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 10, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Compact Living Efficiency

While the “Great Recession” probably contributed greatly to the growth of the “tiny house” movement, there’s also plenty of evidence that bigger really isn’t better for living space. You have more room for your stuff but you’ve also got more to clean, more to heat and cool, and more to maintain.[read more]

How Much Do You Know About Cape Town's Surrounding Farmland?

August 9, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town Farm Land

Cities around the world are trying to preserve natural spaces within the urban jungle. Such spaces not only create green havens for citizens to enjoy, but can provide a platform for creating jobs. If nurtured and developed correctly, this can have a huge impact in South Africa.[read more]

Women in Food: Journalist Tracie McMillan Explores Crossroads Of Food And Poverty

Food and Poverty

Over the past few years, journalist Tracie McMillan has carved out a space to talk about food in a way that is not discussed with any frequency in mainstream media sources, namely, how it relates to the lives of various working-class and poor people.[read more]

Recycling Waste into Homes for the Homeless of San Francisco

August 8, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Waste, Recycling, and Homelessness

With over 6,000 homeless people in San Francisco, there are a variety of housing services available. Although even with shelter programs, and temporary and subsidized housing options, more than half of homeless individuals are still sleeping on the street.[read more]

Serious About Green Roofs: Are Cape Town and Durban Serious?

August 7, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Green Roof Development

The only incentive towards green roofs in South Africa is a sustainability rating tool called the Green Building Council’s Green Star SA Credits. This voluntary system was inspired by the 2002 Australian Green Star tool and has been in effect since 2007.[read more]