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In a time of uncertainty mayors can fix our environment

November 29, 2016 by Tom Oliver Payne

We can all agree that global politics is demoralising right now. Intelligence and logic is being pushed aside to make way for unfounded arguments, scaremongering rhetoric and media manipulation. While it doesn’t appear to good news for our environment, politicians at the local level can help. But they need all the support they can get.[read more]

Portland, OR voters green light $258M affordable housing measure

November 15, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:Facing a shortage of more than 23,000 affordable housing units, voters in Portland, OR, have approved a $258.4 million bond (Measure 26-179) that will fund construction of 1,300 such units, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. To help pay for the measure, property taxes will also increase 42 cents per $1,000 of assessed...[read more]

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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]

On Urban Diaries: a 'Seeing the Better City' Prequel

October 5, 2016 by Chuck Wolfe

Andy Boenau (@boenau) is a Richmond, Virginia planner who manages a go-to podcast about human-scale urban solutions.  His "on-air" questions are always designed to invoke practical hints and examples for listeners, and I track his topics and guests on a regular basis.  This week, I was both flattered and pleased to be featured...[read more]

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Time To Take The ‘Urban’ Out of Urban Design?

October 3, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

For a while now I’ve had an issue with both the term and the definition of ‘urban design’.  What exactly is it?  Compare it to architecture or planning, which are professions that are easy to define and identify, even to a child’s mind.  At its most simple level, architects design buildings, while planners design cities....[read more]

Environmentalists wary of Congress' rush to pass energy bill

September 23, 2016 by Utility Dive

More than a dozen groups have sent a letter to federal lawmakers warning that in a rush to produce an energy bill this session, Congress is still considering several proposals which could trigger pushback from environmentalists or a veto from the White House.[read more]

How Big Business Can Fix a Problem of its Own Making

September 22, 2016 by Yaniv Vardi
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Our environment today exists under immense strain. It’s no secret that humanity’s current rates of consumption are unsustainable—especially in the developed world. The problem is a mix of over-demand, incredible waste, lack of regulatory oversight and poor material management. Broadly speaking, those factors share one common denominator...[read more]

Growing pains: Hawaii solar sector howls as grid-supply incentives hit caps

September 20, 2016 by Utility Dive

An alternative self-supply program could boost solar-plus-storage, but costs are prohibitive for most Hawaiians[read more]

Tough love: China gets serious about water pollution

September 2, 2016 by Charles Arthur
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Water-quality test at the Shahu Water Supply Plant in Gao’an City, Jiangxi Province (photo: Asian Development Bank)China’s water pollution prevention and control action plan – the “Water Ten Plan” is finally here. Commentary across the board points to the fact that the Water Ten Plan is stricter than expected. The fact that tasks/actions...[read more]

Troubled Waters: How Rio's Trash Problem Goes Far Beyond the Olympics

August 9, 2016 by Waste Dive

When athletes from around the world hit the waters of Guanabara Bay for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games this month, they will be competing amid garbage.It didn’t have to be this way.Despite seven years of planning and multiple ideas from waste professionals around the world, Rio de Janeiro has not solved the problem of trash in its waters...[read more]

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Honey Bee extinction: What does that mean for us?

July 7, 2016 by Rose Rennar

When we are kids taught about the circle of life. We have an admiration and fascination for the beauty of the world around us. There is a tangible love and respect. Somewhere along the way that is lost. We all have forgotten how imperative each living thing is to the next. From the West African black rhinoceros that is now officially...[read more]

Making industrial policy relevant again

April 20, 2016 by Charles Arthur
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"There is only one measure of success: are you exporting something different than you were five years ago?” a bald man billows across the conference hall.The most recent industrial policy conference in Madagascar spanned two days and consisted of experts and academics promoting new models on the micro-foundations of innovation or the...[read more]