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European Countries Lack Harmony on What Makes A Near Zero Energy Building

April 21, 2015 by David Thorpe

Nice building – but how does it perform?

A new report finds that many European countries still lack a definition of near zero energy buildings, and are not doing nearly enough to save their residents money and reduce carbon emissions. Where definitions exist, they are not very comparable between nations. But where definitions are legislated for, the market is driving improvements.[read more]

Blaenau Ffestiniog: Something More than Pride

April 21, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Urban Confidence

Blaenau Ffestiniog has been described as the 'hole in the polo mint' of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales, UK. When the Park was created, a boundary was drawn around this devastated hub of the defunct slate-quarrying industry. But now the town is reviving finding a new source of pride in itself.[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]

Riverside Food Systems Alliance Aims to Get Results from Local Food and Agriculture Policy

Local Food Policy

When consultant Richard Conlin attended the inaugural GrowRIVERSIDE conference, he talked to people about the many ideas involving Riverside’s Greenbelt that never materialized. Conlin, who has long helped stakeholders hammer out policies, offered to help make some of these ideas a reality.[read more]

Condo or Rental Apartment: Does it Even Matter?

April 21, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

To Rent or to Condo

Toronto is the condo capital of North America. For a number of years now, there have been more condos under construction in this city compared to any other in North America, including New York. But recently the real estate community has become incredibly interested in building multi-family apartments.[read more]

Can India Urbanize Both Fast (As It Is Doing) and Successfully?

Urbanization in India

India will be one of the last major countries in the world to experience the urbanization of its population. In 2010, 31 percent of India’s people lived in its cities. By 2030, this is expected to rise to 40 percent. This means that an additional 220 million people will move to cities across the country.[read more]

The Growing Outdoor Recreation Economy

April 20, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Outdoor Economy

At the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., U.S. Interior department Secretary Sally Jewell said national parks had their highest visitation rates ever in 2014, with more than 400 million visits, and those numbers are expected to only increase in the next year.[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]

A Comparison Between Low-Rise and High-Rise Housing Costs

April 19, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly
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Earlier this week the Globe and Mail reported that the average price of a house in Toronto has risen to $613,933 and that the average price of a detached house has risen to $1,042,405. Those are a big numbers. Low interest rates are a big part of this story. But there’s also a supply story at play here.[read more]

University of Connecticut's Depot Campus: UConn's Future Gateway

April 19, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

UConn Future Planning

A correctional facility, a mental institution, and a school for the mentally challenged. Sounds like college, right? Surprisingly enough, buildings on the University of Connecticut’s Depot Campus used to be home to these very programs.[read more]

Revealed: LEED-Certified Apartments Earn 9% Higher Rents

April 19, 2015 by GBIG Insight
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LEED and Building Value

To all those questioning why they should seek certification, the answer is: because the market will pay for it. For those interested in an effective way to invest their funds in a property to support greater return, LEED certification may be the answer.[read more]

How to Communicate the Importance of Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Riverside Sustainable Food

How to set up local foods and healthy eating projects in low-income neighborhoods, and the importance of local and sustainable food and agriculture. An interview with Riverside, California City Council Member Andy Melendrez.[read more]