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Consumers Need Help in Recycling Plastic

March 6, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Should you know what this number on recyclable plastic means?

Do you have trouble remembering which plastics can go in your recycling bin? Even if you can figure out the number on that stamped symbol on the bottom of a plastic container, you may not remember offhand if your recycling program accepts, say, #6 or #7 plastics.[read more]

Planning for Demographic Change in Atlanta

March 4, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Atlanta population flux infographic

Last year it was reported that of the largest cities Atlanta was one of the worst at attracting young professionals. They also need to work on retaining them.[read more]

Citizen Science in the City: Lessons from Melbourne's BioBlitz

March 4, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Citizen Science

Citizen scientists contribute their time and energy to support thousands of research projects around the world. They collect, categorize, and analyze data, generously volunteering their time and their personal resources in return for little other than recreational enjoyment or the personal satisfaction of helping others.[read more]

Toronto Aquaponics Startup Works Toward a 'New Normal' in Local Food Production

Local Food Production in Toronto

Pablo Alvarez and Craig Petten are Toronto natives with a combined 40 years of experience in the food industry. By starting a new aquaponic farm in their home city, the co-founders hope to both increase Toronto’s food stability and increase people’s connection with their food.[read more]

Cultural Connections: Building the Placemaking Movement in Brazil

March 3, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Brazil Placemaking

Jeniffer and Paola are out to change the world, one public space at a time. After years in the advertising and marketing sectors working for multinational corporations, Jeniffer and Paola both (separately) realized that they could do more for their communities and the public spaces within them.[read more]

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Creating Community: Review of Last Week's Webinar on Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities

March 2, 2015 by David Thorpe

How can real communities by designed?

The SCC #SustainableChat Webinar: Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities held last Wednesday was very successful. Our panel of experts covered the design, economics, sustainability and community related issues of the topic. But the conversation has only just begun....[read more]

5 Things To Remember When Buying Home Appliances

March 1, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Home Appliance Tips

Need to replace a fridge, a washer, a hot water heater, or another appliance in your home? Sorry to hear that: that’s almost always an extra expense that we hadn’t included in the budget. Because we depend on these machines for necessary functions in our homes, it’s tempting to rush out and buy the first thing.[read more]

Mellon Square: Discovering a Modern Masterpiece

March 1, 2015 by City Parks Blog

Mellon Square

Susan Rademacher, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Curator, has written a new book on Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square, its history and its recent rehabilitation by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy which, at first glance, is a paean to great landscape design.[read more]

"Great Ideas are Obvious in Retrospect."

February 28, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Ideas and Adoption

The title of this post is a line from a Medium post that Biz Stone wrote back in August 2012. For those of you who might not know, Biz Stone is one of the cofounders of Twitter, as well as the cofounder of something called The Obvious Corporation.[read more]

Riverside, CA Restaurant Owner Ronaldo Fierro Sees Benefits of Sourcing Food Locally

February 28, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food Source Benefits

Riverside restaurateur Ronaldo Fierro believes in locally-produced food—it tastes good, it’s good for the economy, and it’s important for the health and vitality of Riverside, California, and its residents. Fierro has always strived to source ingredients as locally as possible.[read more]

SMART's New Shelter Designs are Even Worse Than Before

February 28, 2015 by David Edmondson

Shelter Design Problems?

SMART may be on the verge of making a serious mistake. Back in August, 2014, the rail agency released its “65%” plans for stations to decidedly mixed reviews. Stung by the criticism, particularly from San Rafael mayor Gary Phillips who called the designs “ridiculous”, SMART went into a long internal huddle.[read more]

Little Free Libraries and the Importance of the Unexpected

February 27, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Little Free Libraries

The little free library embodies everything that communities and cities need to create an active and unique neighborhood. It is the real and original sharing economy and they are the origins of tactical urbanism. It is for the community good and it asks for nothing in return.[read more]