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Greening Bus Fleets Requires a Range of Strategies

Green Bus Strategy

In 2012 alone, Latin America saw 131,000 preventable air pollution-related deaths. To reduce emissions and improve air quality, it’s essential that public transit fleets—like buses—become more fuel-efficient by adopting cleaner fuels, like natural gas or low-sulfur diesel.[read more]

China's Clean Air Challenge: Public Unrest Forges the Path Ahead

China Air Pollution Risk and Public Action

Toward the end of 2011, episodes of severe pollution levels in China started attracting worldwide attention. Global media employed terms like “airmageddon” and “airpocalypse,” sparking considerable discussion and debate on social media. Four years later, air pollution remains a pressing issue in Chinese cities.[read more]

The New Toronto 2030 District

April 14, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto 2030 District

Toronto has been declared one of the 2030 Districts. These are designated urban areas committed to meeting the energy, water, and transportation emissions reduction targets of the 2030 Challenge for Planning. Toronto’s new 2030 District is downtown, and the first 2030 district outside of the US.[read more]

Complex and Useful: Green Is Infrastructure

April 11, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Green Infrastructure Complexity

This report, in line with the current principles of sustainability, discusses green infrastructure as the visible expression of natural and human ecosystem processes that work across scales and contexts to provide multiple benefits for people and their environments.[read more]

Why Planning for Expansion Helps Build Sustainable, Equitable Cities

Planning for Growth, Equality, and Sustainability

Consensus is building around the many benefits of compact cities, which use fewer resources, produce fewer carbon emissions, and provide better quality of life. But in rapidly urbanizing countries in the global south, many cities are expected to double their populations in the coming decades.[read more]

Alternative Materials: Will Our Future Resilient Cities Rise from the Landfill?

April 9, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Cities out of Landfills?

1.3 billion tons of waste is generated each year in cities worldwide. With a rabid consumerist hunger, it is unsurprising that 30% of the world’s waste comes from America. San Francisco is hoping to change this by becoming the first major U.S. city to reach a “zero-waste” goal by 2020.[read more]


Five Cities with Top Game-Changing Sustainability and Resilience Projects

April 8, 2015 by Warren Karlenzig

Game-Changing Cities

Game-changing mega-projects in these five cities promise cross-cutting impacts including low-carbon mobility, recreation, green infrastructure, societal improvements, and mobile communications. By planning diverse and ambitious results, these resilient plans take years to decades, but promise massive rewards.[read more]

People-Centric Smart Cities: Five Ways Technology can Support Better Urban Living

Technology Making Cities Smarter

What are smart cities? Consensus is growing around the idea that smart cities utilize technology to foster green development, innovation, and new forms of participation. There are many ways that technology can help cities be more responsive to residents, while also making urban areas more efficient and green.[read more]

New Survey: Multi-sector Partnerships are Central to a Sustainable Future

April 8, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

The Necessity of Corporate Sustainability

In a new survey from GlobeScan / SustainAbility, more than 500 sustainability experts from around the world said multi-sector partnerships will be key to advancing sustainability, with major roles for multi-national corporations, non-profits, governments, and multilateral organizations like the United Nations.[read more]


67 Examples of Cities Showcasing Energy Efficient Building Policies

April 7, 2015 by David Thorpe

Tthe first hospital in the world to earn Platinum certification under the LEED for New Construction rating system. Photo courtsey of McConnell Photography

Approximately 74% of 67 cities examined in a report published last week are implementing incentives for a greener built environment, 61% have enacted green building policies for municipal buildings and 49% are pursuing sustainable community policies.[read more]

Building a More Competitive Mexico City Through Energy Efficiency

Mexico City Efficiency Planning

Mexico City – 1 of 5 global cities – is now working on a Building Efficiency Accelerator for retrofitting buildings to use less energy and make them competitive. At least 20% of the city's emissions come from buildings, so improving energy use will help the city hit its goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020.[read more]

China Designs the World's First Hydrogen Tram [VIDEO]

April 6, 2015 by Future Cape Town

China's Hydrogen Tram

The China South Rail Corporation announced this month the advent of the only hydrogen powered tram, making China, in this sense, the only country in the entire world that has applied the hydrogen fuel cell technology to a public transportation system.[read more]