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Blue Urbanism: The Next Frontier For Linking People In Cities to Nature

May 22, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Blue Urbanism book review

Cities should be designed in a way to enable citizens to have daily contact with the natural world. Since we're 70% water this book suggests ways to bring the 'blue belt' closer to us through amazing examples and practical suggestions from all over the world.[read more]

How Would You Know If Your City or Community Was Resilient?

May 20, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Hurricane Sandy was a game changer.

How do you measure resilience in cities? How would you know if your city or your community was resilient? A selection of answers from ecologists and other specialists and experts from around the world.[read more]

80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World – Book Review

May 20, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Designed for the Future by Jared Green

In Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World, Jared Green offers 80 thought-provoking and frequently inspiring answers to this question from landscape architects, urban planners, architects, journalists, artists, and environmental leaders in the U.S. and beyond[read more]

Brightwater: Infrastructure from the Future

May 17, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Water Infrastructure

Imagine a wastewater treatment facility where people get married, amid 40-acres of restored salmon habitat with designed ponds and wetlands. It sounds far-fetched but it’s reality in Snohomish County, Washington, near the border with King County, about an hour northeast from downtown Seattle.[read more]

How Seattle Balances Nature and the Built Infrastructure (Part 2)

May 12, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Layering Nature in Seattle

How Seattle has long been an innovator in layering built and natural infrastructure to fully complement each other. Over the past few decades, the city has taken advantage of all that rain so ever-present greenery seems to equal — if not dominate — the roads, bridges, and buildings.[read more]

Top 4 Portuguese Smart Cities: Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto, and Oeiras

May 11, 2015 by Vitor Pereira

Smart Cities in Portugal

A recent study, presented in Lisbon at the Analytical Cities event, presents an independent evaluation tool for good practices in energy, environment, government, mobility, buildings, services and communication. It places Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto and Oeiras at the top 4 intelligent cities in Portugal.[read more]

Fight Drought with Compost, University of California Riverside Expert Says

Compost and Droughts

It’s no secret that the whole region of Southern California is suffering from prolonged drought, and according to a University of California, Riverside professor and conservation specialist, compost can be used as a potent drought-fighting tool.[read more]

How to Save Water, the Californian Way: Part 2

April 27, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Water in California

California's progressive state and local policies are helping the state to better conserve its limited water resources. Here are five of them, but there's much more that can be done. More thoughtful planning for both rural agricultural and urban water use is needed.[read more]

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Why Embodied Energy Is the New Frontier for Developers, Surveyors and Planning Authorities

April 23, 2015 by David Thorpe

Embodied energy measures lifetime use. Source: Rapiere by Architype

No building or development project can be deemed to be environmentally sustainable without an assessment of its life cycle environmental performance. This so often fails to be done, or even thought about. But this is changing. A new report lists resources to help developers, quantity surveyors and planners take this forward.[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]

13 Tips For Saving Water the Californian Way

April 15, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Water Conservation in California

California is a big state. To understand water saving techniques for the average person, we need to understand California’s unique climates and ecosystems. In broad terms, we have South Coast, South Inland, North Coast, Central Coast, Central Valley, mountains and desert climates.[read more]

Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay to Benefit from Stormwater Management Fees

April 12, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Stormwater Management Fees

Maryland’s recent gubernatorial election has disrupted the state’s longstanding political paradigm by electing a new governor, Larry Hogan. Hogan promised to repeal a 2012 law that aimed to increase funding for the state’s stormwater management.[read more]