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For a green warehouse, start small

October 21, 2016 by Supply Chain Dive

Dive Brief:Executives looking to green their warehouses but discouraged by the high costs of the most proven tactics can make five cost-efficient changes to achieve a more green distribution center, Industrial Distribution reports.Rethinking the usage paths of every day machines, providing a driver comfort station to reduce...[read more]


Low Impact Housing for Cities

October 21, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

Low Impact Development (LID) is commonly defined as: ‘Development which, by virtue of its low or benign environmental impact, may be allowed in locations where conventional development is not permitted’ (1).  More understandably, this means that LID housing is temporary in nature, made of natural / locally sourced materials, and is...[read more]

Chamber Musicians are Placemakers, too!

October 20, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

New Orleans street scene, 2012 | Image via Louisiana Division of the ArtsWhat do you get when you cross chamber music and placemaking? This is not a joke! The Sound Places program, the first of its kind, combines music, placemaking, and civic engagement by integrating musicians-in-residence into community life in Louisiana. Chamber Music...[read more]

Chicago Residents Utilizing Gentrification Index to Identify At-Risk Neighborhoods

October 19, 2016 by The Global Grid

Transit-Oriented Development being built in the Logan Square neighborhood.Long-time residents of Chicago’s Pilsen, Logan Square, and Bridgeport communities have complained anecdotally that their neighborhoods are gentrifying. John J. Betancur and Youngjun Kim, researchers with the Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community...[read more]

How impervious cover impacts stream ecosystems – and what we can do about it

October 18, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Impervious cover associated with roadways, parking lots, sidewalks, and rooftops feels necessary for the needs of people in the built environment but can destroy the ecological integrity of the receiving streams that must accommodate all the associated runoff. Stream or river health is closely linked to land-use activities and pollutant...[read more]

USGBC Readies Major Push on SITES

October 18, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

University of Texas at El Paso by Ten Eyck Landscape Architects / Terry MooreThe U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has been on a rating system shopping spree for the past two years. In addition to purchasing the Sustainable SITES Initiative™ (SITES®)* last year, it has since incorporated ParkSmart, a new rating system for parking...[read more]

Advances in Bike Sharing Access in Chicago, Illinois

October 17, 2016 by The Global Grid

A Divvy station at 55th St. and Woodlawn Ave. on the South Side of ChicagoSince over 600 cities worldwide have their own bike share programs, one would hope that Chicago, ranked the sixth most bike-friendly city in the United States, would have a strong program. Chicago’s Divvy Bikes, introduced in 2013, have seen a great expansion in...[read more]

Can trash cans that look like giant coffee cups boost recycling?

October 17, 2016 by Waste Dive

UK nonprofit Hubbub, known for its creative waste strategies, is launching a social experiment campaign called #1MoreShot in the city of Manchester with the goal of collecting 20,000 coffee cups for recycling over the next three months[read more]

New “Safe Sleep Policy” Legalizes Homeless Camping in Portland, Oregon

October 14, 2016 by The Global Grid

Tents pitched along a Portland streetPortland’s homeless population has been on a steady increase the past several years, eventually forcing the city to declare a homeless emergency at the end of 2015. This gave the city power to waive land-use restrictions so they could convert existing buildings into emergency shelter space and start...[read more]

Bjarke Ingels Wants Cities to Embrace Resilience

October 13, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

“The Big U is the love child of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs,” said Bjarke Ingels, founder of the multidisciplinary design firm BIG, to huge laughs at GreenBuild‘s finale in Los Angeles.[read more]

Applying SITES v2 to the Landscape

October 12, 2016 by Leda Marritz

SITES is an ecosystem services framework for built landscapes. A decision-making hierarchy of conservation, restoration and generation underlies much of the SITES credits, emphasizing the need to conserve resources and protect healthy functioning systems, restore what has been degraded, and create a functioning ecosystem in order to generate new ecosystem services where none exist.[read more]

Battle for Bus Lanes: Prioritizing Chicago’s Public Transit

October 11, 2016 by The Global Grid

The Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) most iconic feature may be its mostly-elevated rail line system, however, its bus system is more widespread and more utilized.[read more]