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A Smart Streetscape for a High-Tech Corridor

January 13, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Kendall Square, before / Klopfer Martin Design Group Kendall Square, after / Christian Phillips PhotographyKendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the center of technological innovation on the East Coast. But you would have never known that walking the broken-down, dated, 1980s-era brick streets. Home to MIT, Google, Microsoft,...[read more]

Tackling Sustainable Development One Step at a Time

January 12, 2017 by Kathryn Thomsen

If you were helping to internalize ideas about sustainable development into the minds and activities of those you live or work with – family, friends, customers, clients, co-workers, students and bosses – how would you tackle such a challenge? I’ve been noticing some creative ways to embed the Sustainable Development Goals...[read more]

Key Concepts for Tree-Friendly Design

January 9, 2017 by Leda Marritz

As a consulting arborist, I am often called upon to diagnose and help “sick” trees in a landscape. The primary cause of health problems for many of the trees I look at are related to impacts from a landscape renovation or home remodel. Despite best intentions, many bad things can happen to trees during development or landscaping.Here are...[read more]

How Solar Power Can Improve Air Quality in Urban Areas

December 21, 2016 by Brooke Nally

From recycling to hybrid cars, it has gotten cheaper and easier to curb the damage our long-term reliance on fossil fuels has done to the environment. For those of us who live in densely populated areas, we’re reminded of the impact nearly every time we look up at the sky. Layers of smog and trapped, dirty air are becoming more common in cities across the nation.[read more]

A Culture of Energy Efficiency Begins at School

December 14, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

An innovative program called the Better Buildings Challenge is creating a culture of energy efficiency while helping schools save more than a little money. The program provides a living laboratory for educating youth about energy use, data, and technology while also putting money back into shrinking budgets.Crystal...[read more]

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A Common-Sense Solution to Hurricane Devastation

December 9, 2016 by Gary Seider

In what’s already been a dangerous tropical storm season, Hurricane Matthew’s recent ravaging of the southeast is putting 2016’s run of dangerous weather into rarified air. When it’s all said and done, CoreLogic believes Matthew’s path of property destruction will cost $4 million to $6 million. The disaster caps off a season that occurred five months ahead of schedule when, in January, Hurricane Alex descended upon the northeast. Tropical Storm Bonnie followed in mid-May, making this the second time in four years that two storms formed before the official start of hurricane season in June. With the threat of Atlantic hurricanes seemingly on the rise, it’s worth having a conversation about what can be done to mitigate the devastation.[read more]

10 Things You Can Do Today to Make Your House a Little "Greener"

December 7, 2016 by Brooke Nally

If you’re interested in upping your eco-friendliness, here are 10 simple things you can do right now to make your home more sustainable.[read more]

Preserving Green Spaces and Waterways in Atlanta

December 5, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

Paving paradise to put up parking lots, roads and houses to keep up with the growing population in metro Atlanta (now over five million) has compromised the city’s green spaces and waterways over the past several decades.Keeping up with urban development’s impact on water quality has led to massive investments in stormwater...[read more]

Engineering Public Health: Smart Buildings to Promote Wellness

November 28, 2016 by GBIG Insight

In addition to being a technology writer, I happen to be a fitness instructor, certified by the American Council on Exercise since 2000. I keep up with the latest fitness research out of necessity to maintain my certification, but also because it interests me. The fact that a sedentary lifestyle, like smoking, is profoundly damaging to...[read more]

The Neighborhood Park: An Underused Oasis

November 16, 2016 by City Parks Blog

In theory, a neighborhood park serves everyone, but the mere presence of a park does not guarantee people will use it. There’s a gender gap and an age gap when it comes to park use, according to a national survey conducted of more than 170 neighborhood parks in 25 U.S. cities, stretching from coast to coast.The RAND Corporation study...[read more]

Cities for Families: Local Government

November 14, 2016 by Jillian Glover

The City of North Vancouver Creates Strategy that puts Children and Families First[read more]

Urbanization in Nigeria: Planning for the Unplanned

November 11, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

The Oyo State government recently commissioned its first, city-wide masterplan to better enable Ibadan to respond to the needs of its citizens, and build long-term resilience to natural disasters.[read more]