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Waste Management

Red Stripes, Iceberg Homes, and Laneway Houses

May 16, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Recently I was reading a CityLab article talking about a homeowner in London’s wealthy Kensington neighborhood who painted her house in red stripes after the city and her neighbors derailed her renovation plans. I’m thinking it is supposed to be symbolic of government “red tape.”[read more]

Dubai Charity Builds New Cycles from Old, Donates Bikes to Refugees

May 16, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Cheri is very pleased with her Charicycle

There are many organizations around the world repairing, upcycling, or otherwise putting good, used bicycles into the hands of those who can’t afford a new one. But in Dubai? Yes! Meet Charicycles, a Dubai-based startup that remakes bikes into customized transportation.[read more]

City of São Paulo, Brazil Launches Ban on Traditional Plastic Bags

Urban Plastic Bag Ban

Traditional white plastic bags distributed in Brazilian supermarkets are now prohibited by law in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The new bags were inspired by international standards and these bags could be replicated in other parts of the country.[read more]

The Problem with Incinerating Waste: It's Not What You Think

May 12, 2015 by Cathy Rust

Waste and Management

Incinerating waste has always polarized communities into advocates and critics. In the old days it was about air pollution as the filtering system was never sufficient. Now, however, as incineration technology has advanced, the worries are more about the effects of too many incinerators and running out of feedstock.[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]

Keep America Beautiful Releases Workplace Recycling Study Results

May 10, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Recycling at Work

Like everything else in a business setting, measuring workplace recycling efforts and challenges ensures that they will be better managed. So non-profit Keep America Beautiful has released the first wave of data and findings from its “Recycling at Work” study.[read more]

Building from Waste: Glimpses Into the Future of Our Built Environments

Hello, I'm back! Waste as a building material

Can waste have a second life as a building material? This is the question brought to surface through ETH Zurich’s Building from Waste exhibition, based on the book 'Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction'. E.g. one tile is composed solely from old coffee grounds and binding agents.[read more]

New BicyclAir Map App Measures Air Pollution for Cyclists in Montreal

Bike Route and Pollution Monitoring

A new app has been released that tells cyclists what air pollution levels are like in Montreal on their journey, while providing maps of cycle routes. Researchers at McGill University have developed an online interactive tool that will give cyclists information about the level of pollution on the exact path they wish to take.[read more]

Road Construction: A Sustainable Use for 'Trash Ash?'

May 3, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Trash Ash Recycling

I still struggle with burning trash as a form of “renewable” energy. While this approach does reduce landfill waste, and extracts energy without drilling or mining, it does create its own byproducts. While we tend to focus on emissions, ash is another resulting material that ends up in landfills.[read more]

Weeding Cancer-Causing Chemicals Out of Landscape Maintenance

April 30, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Green Space Health

The World Health Organization recently declared that the herbicide glyphosate “probably” causes cancer. Monsanto Co.'s Round Up product's main ingredient is glyphosate. Many local administrations use the products to keep weeds down. They should now be phasing them out. Some already are.[read more]

Mexico City's Traffic Congestion Slows Economic Growth, Costs Businesses

Traffic and the Economy in Mexico

In mega-cities like Mexico City, more cars on the road brings greater traffic congestion, pollution and road safety challenges. These problems are well-documented, but new research documents another issue with Mexico City’s car congestion—it creates economic costs to businesses and their employees.[read more]