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New Pittsburgh Urban Ag Law Passes, Boosts Options for Residents

September 3, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Pittsburgh City Council passed an ordinance in July to ease restrictions on maintaining chickens, ducks, goats, and apiaries in the city. Drafted by a collection of agricultural nonprofits, the ordinance follows a 2011 regulation that required residents to undergo a hearing process lasting up to three months and pay up to $340 in cumulative fees. Under the new law, Pittsburghers can obtain a permit for $70 and be approved within a day.[read more]

Activist Coalition Pushes University of Maine System to Source More Local Foods

September 2, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

On August 31, the University of Maine (UMaine) System released a formal request for proposals (RFP) designed to significantly increase sourcing of locally grown foods across its six campuses.[read more]

Collaborate to Conserve: The Rise of Business-Municipality Water Initiatives

September 2, 2015 by Derek Wong

Businesses across Canada are collaborating with municipalities on innovative water conservation projects. With free water audit and financial incentives for capital retrofits, municipalities are helping companies like Toyota and Brick Brewing to conserve water and reach their corporate environmental goals. We look at some example projects and offer tips on how your corporation can get started.[read more]

Why We Need Trees in Our Cities

September 1, 2015 by Shane Carpani
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Trees significantly improve the livability of urban areas. In this article, we outline the main benefits that mature urban trees offer our cities.[read more]

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Bottled Water Costs Consumers and the Environment [Infographic]

September 1, 2015 by Patrick Gerald

We’ve all heard that plastic water bottles are bad for the environment. Yet year after year, people continue consuming a whopping 50 billion bottles worldwide. And that number, and the industry, keeps growing. What gives? As it turns out, there are many inaccurate notions about plastic water bottles and water bottle companies that work against making progress in this area.[read more]

Three Cities Innovate Solutions for Tackling Water Scarcity

Accompanied by record high temperatures, regions across the globe are currently facing life-threatening periods of drought—the U.N., for example, estimates that a total of 1.2 billion people across the globe live in areas with water scarcity. To ensure reliable access to water, it is essential that cities, home to 54 percent of the world’s population, innovate new ways to improve their water supply.[read more]

Four Visions of a Higher-Speed Bay Area Rail Network

August 31, 2015 by David Edmondson

The Bay Area is a sprawling region, no doubt about it. It stretches from Napa Valley to Silicon Valley, Pacific Ocean to Sacramento River Delta, is nearly as large as New Jersey or Cyprus. Yet this size means its various economies are disconnected to such a degree that the Census Bureau has split it into two different metropolitan areas.[read more]

The Greening of Sports to Save the Planet

Sports is a $1.3 trillion global industry, with over $450 billion of this spent in the US. And small wonder – sports figures and celebrities have the greatest influence on us, aside from family. Sporting events occur constantly and can reach every one of us. Sports engage us on a visceral level and have the power to forge lifelong allegiances, create rivalries, and symbolize a city or even a country. Think of Brazil with soccer, Canada with hockey, Norway with skiing, Kenya with running, and so forth.[read more]

Heading to the Field: the Urban Decarbonization Research Project

August 27, 2015 by Laura Tozer

Cities are increasingly adopting ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, such as 80% reductions by 2050. To make that ambition a reality, people in cities are trying out new initiatives ranging from local government’s financial incentives for solar energy to community group’s efforts to develop alternative, low-carbon economies using sharing. However, research has shown that these attempts are experimental and uncertain in their long-term impact.[read more]

Nurturing an Industrial Cluster in Nigeria

August 27, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Clustering is the phenomenon whereby firms from the same industry gather together in close proximity. Economists explain clustering as a means for small companies to enjoy some of the economies of scale usually reserved for large ones.[read more]

Inspiring Urban Youth for a Biodiversity-Friendly Approach to Development

August 27, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

We all know that we are living in a deep crisis regarding the rate of our use of natural resources. We also know that addressing these problems will have inter-related and resonating effects. Such interconnection also has good aspects. Smart catalytic action can produce benefits across many levels—science has explained that butterfly wings can affect planetary weather.[read more]

Design Thinking for a Post-Industrial Century

August 26, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Gas Works Park in Seattle. Landscape Park Duisburg-Nord in Germany. Ariel Sharon (Mount Hariya) Park in Tel Aviv. Freshkills Park in Staten Island, NY. The High Line, in Manhattan. And the 606, Chicago’s newest rail-to-trail park. These landmark places transform the remnants of industrial landscapes into new parks.[read more]

Tackling the Problematic Labor Skills Gap [Infographic]

August 26, 2015 by Patrick Gerald

A large numbers of employers today are faced with vacant positions, but not enough skilled applicants. There is a skills gap. But that isn't the main problem. Is our current education system responsible? Latest post explains.[read more]

From Concrete to Green: Urban Agriculture Initiative Seeks to Transform LA River into Ag Oasis

The Los Angeles River flows from the Simi Hills, northwest of Los Angeles, through the San Fernando Valley and into the Pacific Ocean at Long Beach. A large portion of the river is concrete.[read more]