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Four Improvements Cities Can Make For Families

April 1, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Every city is different and some face many more challenges than others in becoming more family friendly. But despite these challenges there are solutions and beginnings that nearly all cities could start adopting relatively quickly to create an environment that is more supportive of families.[read more]

New Research: In California's Unyielding Drought, Green Buildings Can Help

April 1, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Building Water Management in California

Many thousands of buildings in the State of California have demonstrated how water conservation and water resource management has been prioritized in the 15 years since the launch of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification program.[read more]

Burlington, Vermont: A City Powered by Renewable Energy

April 1, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Renewable energy transition in Burlington

Burlington, Vermont, located in the American Northeast, became the first city in the country to become completely powered by renewables at the start of 2015. This is a small revolution in a country where carbon levels remain at particularly high levels.[read more]

California Start-Up Brings Precision Irrigation to Water-Conscious Growers

Water Resource Management

If you are a farmer in California, there is one issue that should be on your mind at all times: water conservation. As California enters its fourth year of drought, recent estimates suggest that the state only has enough water in its reservoirs to last one more year.[read more]

Five Ways to Do Urban Stadiums and Arenas Right

March 31, 2015 by Kristen Jeffers

Urban Stadiums and Community Communication

A major battle going on in placemaking circles is that of sports teams and sports venues. How should they be financed? Should they be in open fields or should they take up blocks of downtown districts? What happens to the displaced homeowners and renters? What happens when they fall into disrepair?[read more]

American Recycling: Time to Revalue and Recoup

March 31, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Closing the Recycling Gap

 

Within the realm of broad sustainability efforts in this country, recycling could be considered one of the veterans. Recycling programs have existed in America since the 1990’s, but they still have not yet reached their maturity, falling short of refined systems streamlined for maximum impact at minimum cost.[read more]

South Africa's Hopes of Planning Better Cities and Communities

March 31, 2015 by Future Cape Town

South Africa Urban Development

Sizwe Mxobo is the recent recipient of the Young Planner of the Year award. His original ideas on informality and achieving ‘social cohesion’ in his city have caused a stir in the urbanist community and are making even the most laidback Capetonians to sit up a little and listen to what he has to say.[read more]

Breaking Trad: Newly-Weds Who Realize They Don't Have to Move to the Suburbs to Breed!

March 30, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Recently the Associated Press ran a story on parents seeking to maintain an urban lifestyle for their families. Primarily focused on a few of us families in Seattle the article talks about more families choosing to remain in the city, particularly Downtowns.[read more]

Seattle's Emerging EcoDistrict

March 30, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA
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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]

Pricing Congestion to Invest in Sustainable Transport: Lessons from London

London and Sustainable Transport Investment

In 2003, London adopted a program of congestion pricing that now places a roughly $17 (£11.50) daily fee on motor vehicles entering central London. The effort was expected to reduce car traffic, air pollution, and emissions in the area, and has since been lauded as a major success.[read more]

Can France's Plan to Use Planning for Social Engineering Really Work?

March 30, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Immigants and the poor would be put in richer neighborhoods.

The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, has unveiled shocking measures to change struggling neighborhoods, by forcing richer ones to take a greater share of the poor and disadvantaged in an effort to tackle the crime and social problems of ghettos. Can he succeed?[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]