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Women Earn Less than Men in Architecture and Engineering Professions

March 1, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Women and Pay Equity

An uneven playing field exists in a number of professions, including the architecture and engineering occupations—women in these fields earn 82 percent of what men make, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2014 averages.[read more]

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Urban Demographics: Elderly Cities

February 26, 2015 by Vitor Pereira

Aging Urban Populations

Nanmoku is the city with the oldest population in Japan. It has 22,000 inhabitants, with 52.7% older than 65 years old. The leaders of this city in the Japanese province of Gunma are desperate. They urgently need young people to renew their population or else be prepared to “disappear from the map.”[read more]

REVEALED: The Most Segregated Cities in North America

February 26, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

North America and Urban Segregation

The Martin Prosperity Institute in Toronto has just released a new study called Segregated City: The Geography of Economic Segregation in America’s Metros that reveals the physical sorting and separation of advantaged and disadvantaged groups within cities.[read more]

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Tea Party Activists, the ICLEI and Sustainability in Southwest Virginia

February 17, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Anti-ICLEI Roanoke County Supervisor, Al Bedrosian 

Membership of the ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives), which helps to guide – but imposes no mandates – on regions trying to sustain their economies, has been cancelled in Roanoke County, Virginia, by local Tea Party activists on political grounds.[read more]

Environmental and Climate Guide to Support Parties for Local Elections in Spain

February 9, 2015 by Jesus Marcos Gamero Rus

Climate Education and Elections in Spain

 

In Spain a project has been launched which aims, from a non-partisan perspective, to provide climate and environmental ideas and arguments to local political groups in Spain during the drafting of their electoral programs in the upcoming municipal elections in May.[read more]

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New Open Source Calculator Claims the World Can Live Well And Tackle Climate Change

January 28, 2015 by David Thorpe
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We can have our cake and eat it, apparently.

A new, seemingly authoritative and open source Global Calculator tool claims to have discovered that everybody in the world can have a reasonable standard of living that is compatible with living within planetary boundaries. But how is this possible? And how much would it cost?[read more]

Engaging Local Governments at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster Mitigation and Government Policy

The Third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Reduction will take place from in March in Sendai, Japan, where an agreement on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction will be adopted. This framework will support our collective efforts to build nations and communities that are resilient to disasters.[read more]

American Footpower: Birth of A Movement for Healthier and Happier Lives

January 21, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces
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Americans and Walking

Big steps toward making it easier for Americans to walk. A movement is being launched across America to encourage more people to walk and to make our communities more walkable, and there are clear signs that more people are walking.[read more]

Here's Wishing You All a Prosperous New Year, but What Does 'Prosperous' Mean?

January 20, 2015 by The Nature of Cities
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Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals had 15 years to be achieved. Time's up. Have we won?[read more]

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The Heat is On for Sustainable District Heating and Cooling

January 19, 2015 by Clare Taylor
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The London Heat Map and Sustainability

Half of cities’ energy consumption is for heating and cooling. From planning to implementation, cities are increasingly turning to modern district energy as a low carbon solution using cogeneration and many different kinds of fuel from renewables and waste, to seawater and geothermal energy.[read more]

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The Sustainable Growth Oxymoron

January 19, 2015 by JL Morin
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Is Sustainable Economic Growth Possible?

We do a lot without thinking, like using GDP growth as a standard of excellence. Most 21st century activity is based on a ‘given’ that underpins the soft science of economics: 'Growth is good' -- not just a big assumption, a wrong assumption. Is sustainable economic growth an oxymoron?[read more]

Did Mayor de Blasio Really Reject A Plan For Expanded Polystyrene Recycling?

January 17, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

NYC and Recycling Policy

Can You Recycle Expanded Polystyrene? This is the main question here, and the short answer seems to be “yes… with the right technical and economic conditions.” Odds are, you can’t put polystyrene and other #6 plastics in your recycling bin.[read more]