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A Tale of Two Cities: Turin and Milan, Italy's Agenda for Urban Innovation

January 23, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Italian Urbanism and Choices

Urban innovation is a term that has swept several major Italian cities. It refers to a city’s ability to reinvent itself through new projects. The concept has come to dominate all strategic planning in places that need to reevaluate themselves. But how do you drive urban innovation in a city?[read more]

Paper From Plastic Bottles: An Environmental Win?

January 23, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Plastic, Paper, Recycling, and the Future

Two entrepreneurs have figured out how to make mineral paper out of PET plastic bottles that’s four times cheaper than current methods.[read more]

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Sustainable Airline Biofuels Come A Step Closer

January 22, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Is it bye-bye to flying?

The planet is warming, and the most climate-friendly thing you can probably do is avoid flying. But aviation is growing at 5% per year. New tech breakthroughs and a new report are beginning to show how airline fuel could become more sustainable...[read more]

Transport Plays a Key Role in Urban Air Quality

January 22, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transportation and Pollution

Private cars account for less than one-third of trips in cities worldwide, but are responsible for 73% of urban air pollutants. Per capita, private cars generate three times more greenhouse gas emissions than public transport systems like buses.[read more]

Can We Have Better Growth and a Better Climate at the Same Time?

January 22, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA
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How to Grow While Protecting the Climate

 

Can we grow while protecting the climate? Yes, said Felipe Calderón, chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, who spoke at the Transforming Transportation conference in Washington, D.C. The economy and the climate are intrinsically connected, and so are their problems.[read more]

What Naysayers Don't Get About California's High Speed Train

January 22, 2015 by This Big City

Though the construction of the California High Speed Rail System has fended off a number of court challenges, much of the funding for the line’s projected $68 billion budget has yet to be locked down. And there are still a number of technical hurdles looming on the horizon.[read more]

Why are Milliennials Flocking to Des Moines, Iowa?

January 22, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid
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Millenials in Des Moines

On its surface, the city of Des Moines may not seem like the most attractive place in which to settle down. It’s located in the middle of the state, surrounded in all directions by a buffer of cornfields. Despite this, Des Moines was recently named by Forbes as the top city for young professionals.[read more]

Making the Measure: A Toolkit for Tracking the Outcomes of Community Gardens and Urban Farms

January 22, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Community Garden Output Tool

Community gardeners and urban farmers across North America are using an innovative research toolkit developed in New York City to measure and track the impacts of their work. A small group of dedicated gardeners created the toolkit in mid-2013 as part of the Five Borough Farm initiative.[read more]

You Are What You Eat – And So Is a City

January 22, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Fancy mopane worms & caterpillars cooked with chillis?

What happens to traditional local food cultures when urban life steers us towards food that is quick to get hold of (no more hours of slaving over the stove), tasty (packed with sugars, fats and salts that tickle the pleasure centre in the brain) and cheap?[read more]

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Awards for Sustainable Energy Projects in European Cities

January 21, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Last year's winner: the self-sufficient Polish Commune of Kisielice.

This year, the European Union is, for the first time, offering to recognise sustainable energy projects that operate at a local level in cities, communities and regions. There are just two weeks left to enter initial details of a project to the competition, with a final deadline of 28 February 2015.[read more]

Who Needs Cars? Smart Mobility Can Make Cities Sustainable

January 21, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Smart Sustainable Mobility

Smart urban mobility has multiple benefits. For one, it helps reduce congestion and improve traffic safety in cities worldwide. Efficient transport systems like bus rapid transit (BRT) save commuters time, reap economic benefits, and reduce the risk of traffic crashes.[read more]

The Geography of Housing Affordability in Texas

January 21, 2015 by Jim Russell

Housing Geography in Texas

Within the policy geography of Texas, housing affordability is highly variant from city to city, neighborhood to neighborhood. And in Brooklyn, concerning the increase in residential price per square foot from 2004-2012, large swaths of the borough saw either decrease or stagnation. Don't believe the hype.[read more]