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Transit Infrastructure: Why We All Lose by Not Investing

July 1, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

All aboard the BRT?

Infrastructure is an investment without a direct or short-term return, and so is often the first victim when politicians run on austerity and fiscal prudence, but really cater to immediate gratification and private consumption at the expense of long term thinking and communal benefits. Here is the case for long-term investments in infrastructure[read more]

First Commercial Rooftop Farm Opens in Washington D.C.

Great view, great veg.

Something’s growing atop Washington D.C. restaurant Oyamel. Seedlings poke young leaves out of four inches of soil. The new green roof, which opened in May, is part of Up Top Acres, a network of rooftop farms. Founded by Kathleen O’Keefe, Kristof Grina and Jeffrey Prost-Greene, it installs and farms green roofs around the city.[read more]

How Mobile-Access Networks Achieved a 10,000-fold Improvement in Energy Efficiency (Video)

June 30, 2015 by Rich Maltzman

A municipal mobile wireless node

GreenTouch is a non-profit consortium of telecom service providers and equipment vendors, developers, programmers working together on a focused goal to reduce the energy consumption of ‘the network’. It has just announced it has beaten its goal of 1000x energy use reduction by a factor of ten. Here's how.[read more]

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Meet the Businesses Aiming for 100% Renewable Energy

June 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

The launch at Formula E

Following the webinar last week on Sustainable Cities Collective about the many cities committed to aimng for 100% Renewable Energy, leading businesses are publicizing their own commitment to the same target and chalenging others to follow their example, citing the many benefits of doing so.[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]

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]

After 350 Years of Innovation Saint-Gobain Looks to Building a Sustainable Future

The company’s new HQ in Philadelphia

It is extremely rare for an organization of any type or size to mark 350 years in existence, never mind 350 years of continued success and innovation. On June 3, I spent the day with representatives of sustainable building materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain, a USGBC Platinum-level member, in celebration of their 350th anniversary.[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]

Green Line and Related Bus Network Improvements Have Increased Access to Jobs by >50%

June 15, 2015 by David Levinson

Green Line to jobs

A new analysis from the University of Minnesota’s Accessibility Observatory has quantified how much the Green Line light-rail transit route and related changes to the regional bus network changed residents’ ability to reach jobs by transit. Accessibility often increased by over 50 percent.[read more]

How To Use Geothermal Heat Pumps To Save Running Costs in LEED v.4

June 10, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Coils for a ground source heat pump

Understanding how LEED credits apply to the geothermal industry, how to pursue points using geothermal technologies, and how the changes in v.4 fit into the geothermal heat pump energy sector value chain can unlock business value for manufacturers, design firms and service providers.[read more]

Women in Farming: Kari Spencer on Building an Urban Farm in the Desert

Kari Spencer at the farm

What's it like being a woman running an urban farm in the desert? Kari Spencer has built an urban farm oasis in the Arizona desert: The Micro Farm Project. Seedstock interviewed her to find out how she learned her Permaculture desert gardening skills, her experiences as a female farmer and more.[read more]

All American Federally Assisted Housing Must Now Be Green

June 10, 2015 by Chris Cheatham

This will advance green building across the USA.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have determined that adoption of the 2009 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code for single family homes and the 2007 edition of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers 90.1 for multifamily buildings will not negatively affect the affordability and availability of HUD and USDA assisted housing.[read more]