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How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

June 30, 2015 by Kiva Bottero

The figures speak for themselves

This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. It suits both communities both big and small in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact.[read more]

2030 Districts: Communities Collaborating to Reach Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance

June 26, 2015 by GBIG Insight

The plan

If buildings are a major contributor to climate change, then what’s the solution? Reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions, of course. For almost a decade, The 2030 Challenge has provided an inspirational, measurable goal for properties to reach for – and measures for figuring out how we’re doing.[read more]

Big Office Buildings In 'First Tier' U.S. Cities Still in the Lead on Being Green

June 26, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Minneapolis remains ahead of other cities

The 2015 Green Building Adoption Index cover finds that buildings going green is primarily a “first tier city phenomenon” and much more common in large office buildings, than it is in small office buildings. Minneapolis took the top spot once again, with more than 70% of all office space considered ‘green’.[read more]

How Can Local Design Impact Large Infrastructure Plans and Projects?

June 25, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Theater in the Eco-Park

After decades of “progress” and aggressive, mostly unplanned, growth, the modern city in the “developed world” collapses under the weight of its heavy infrastructure. Instead, the city needs all of its layers to be considered simultaneously: its natural substrate, infrastructure, buildings, and cultural values.[read more]

Publicizing the Benefits of Landscape Architecture

June 25, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Mia Lehrer, FASLA, wants the world to know

Mia Lehrer wants the world to know that great design + ecological principals + environmental justice = beauty + function in our cities = Landscape Architecture. Let's value it more.[read more]

Water, Education and Development: Making an African City Work

June 25, 2015 by Future Cape Town

The future of Lagos?

“Africa just keeps getting skipped during these larger discussions.” Water cities, protest over water privatization, working with decision makers, and the role of education in innovative change are covered in this conversation between Olamide Udoma andh Robert van Kats and Remco Rolvink of Dutch NGO DASUDA.[read more]

Can Ornamental Plants Remain in the Gardens of California Under Drought?

June 24, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Drought-tolerant plants

With California's current drought, is there a place for ornamental gardens in the state? We’ve been studying this question for a number of years in Los Angeles and its surrounding municipalities, and here is our advice.[read more]

Los Angeles Has a Hugely Ambitious Sustainability pLAn - Will it Succeed?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

“We hope to get rid of ornamental lawns and put in more native plants.” Los Angeles, known for its extensive car culture, lawn-filled suburbs and smog, is getting serious about sustainability—and the effort includes local and sustainable food and agriculture and aiming for zero waste.[read more]

How Sustainable Solutions Are Being Implemented in Lagos with Help from the Dutch

June 17, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Floating school in Lagos

On a cool Lagos evening, Olamide Udoma sat with Robert van Kats and Remco Rolvink of DASUDA (the Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa) to discuss sustainable solutions for Lagos, a leading African city, and how they are starting to take action. This is the first of a three part interview.[read more]

Does This Change Everything? What the Pope Says About Climate Change

June 16, 2015 by David Thorpe

The cover of Pope Francis' Climate Change Encyclical

An encyclical signifying the support of the Catholic Church for action against climate change has been leaked, in advance of the speech Pope Francis was due to make this week. In it he calls for a change in lifestyles and energy consumption in order to avert the "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem". But he says much more...[read more]

The Drain Gain: Art and An End to Forgettable Stormwater Management

June 16, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Floodwater management can be beautiful

A well-organized how-to guide for designers, Artful Rainwater Design (ARD), describes rainwater collection systems that are not only functional, but also attractive and engaging. These systems are usually designed to handle small rain events and the initial — and dirtiest — events, rather than major flooding from large storms.[read more]

World Wildlife Fund HQ's Green Roof Is Washington's 3rd Largest

Sedums galore!

WWF's U.S. HQ's green roof was built to conserve resources, limit waste & pollution, and protect the environment. It has 11 types sedum plants, a solar water heating system and is the 3rd largest green roof in Washington DC.[read more]