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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]

The Benefits of Harvesting Rainwater

July 28, 2015 by Kay hebbourn
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It's free! Use it!

As well as helping to keep our gardens green, the water that falls from the skies can help us to run our homes. A rising number of people across the UK are installing rainwater harvesting systems in their properties to harness the potential of this natural resource.[read more]

Quantifying Stormwater Benefits of Trees Part 2: Single-Event Stormwater Models

July 28, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Help from HydroCAD 

An introduction to various methods to quantify the stormwater benefits of tree stormwater control measures (Tree SCMs). It addresses Hydrologic and Hydraulic (H&H) models and Single-Event Stormwater Models. It follows a post on quantifying these benefits for tree benefit calculators and for stormwater credits.[read more]

Cape Town: Three Ports + One City = More Jobs?

July 27, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Three ports, one city.

Three ports, one city. How will the improved efficiency of Cape Town’s three transfer nodes benefit the city, and the nation?[read more]

Imitate to Innovate: Vitoria-Gasteiz Shows How Cities can Address 21st Century Challenges

July 27, 2015 by This Big City

Before and after the tram

The Spanish city of Vitoria-Gasteiz has recently transformed itself from a congested and car-dominated city into one of the most pedestrian and bicycle-friendly places in Europe. It didn’t achieve this by going at it alone. Its key to success was learning from others.[read more]

'One Planet' Home Wins Planning Battle

July 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

The 'hobbit house' can live!

A zero energy roundhouse, built by a young family, has been saved from demolition following an appeal to the local planning authority. Their campaign to save their house touched the hearts of thousands, who wrote in support, but this wasn't what saved the home.[read more]

Don’t Build Here: Site Selection Strategies to Protect Nature – And Ourselves [VIDEO]

Where shouldn't you send this man?

How to reduce the environmental impact from the site selection process for buildings, and achieve the Sensitive Land Protection credit for the LEED v4 BD+C rating systems. Also, learn how to utilize tools such as the NRCS web based soil surveys, FEMA Flood Map Service Center, and NatureServe.[read more]

Swimming Pools Go Offshore

July 14, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Cool off in NYC's Plus-Pool

As many smart cities reclaim their riverfronts and seafronts as places for recreation and invest heavily in improving water quality, they are getting closer to turning their aquatic resources back into the natural swimming pools they once were. Here's five examples.[read more]

How to Quantify the Stormwater Benefits of Trees Part 1: Overview of Models and Calculators

July 14, 2015 by Leda Marritz

They soak up water, don't they?

Trees can provide significant stormwater benefits and can be integrated even into the densest urban areas. Many cities have tree requirement ordinances. The use of Tree Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs) is rapidly growing, so there is also a growing need to quantify tree stormwater benefits. Here's how.[read more]

Meet Some of the Greenest Schools on Earth [PHOTOS]

Ng Yuk Secondary School in Hong Kong

We hope you enjoy the photos here featuring images from several of the schools nominated for the 2015 Greenest School on Earth award. They include schools from Croatia, Singapore, Lebanon and Hong Kong.[read more]

California: Leading the Way on Green and Well-Performing Buildings

3,500 LEED-certified buildings!

Green building has long been part of California’s approach to a wide array of energy, water, environment, and development priorities. There are more than 3,500 LEED-certified green buildings in the state, totalling over 500 million square feet of real estate. Over 14 percent of the entire state building portfolio is LEED certified.[read more]

Whose Job Is It to Worry If a City's Water Supply is Sustainable?

July 6, 2015 by Dean Saitta

Dam right it's not the planner's job

Land use planning is typically a local governmental concern, while water planning and allocation occur on multiple local, state, and federal levels. The traditional disconnect between planning and land use decisions and current and future water supply realities can preclude a sustainable balance between water supply and growth.[read more]