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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]

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Renewable Energies that Will Revolutionize Sustainable Cities of the Future

July 6, 2016 by Frederic Lee

Carbon emissions have a severe, negative impact on the ecosystems our planet depends on. Everyone knows that carbon levels are higher than they were in the past, but the numbers are shocking: the EPA reports that since 1972, CO2 emissions have increased by 90% globally. NASA warns that this is nowhere near the end of this upward trend if...[read more]

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Cities vs Cities: who’s smarter?

June 22, 2016 by Vitor Pereira

Yes, cities are competing with each other. All of them look to attract the most remarkable, creative, intelligent, innovative personalities and citizens. At the same time, they're competing for tourists, companies, investments. It is a mindless competition, many times aggressive and senseless. Not even very smart. If, by 2050, 75% of the world's population is living in cities, we need to find out which cities are those going to be. Not all of them will have attractive capacities and will eventually lose population.[read more]

Finding Junk and Ideas to Repurpose

June 22, 2016 by Thomas Jameson

It is all about finding the right piece of furniture, a wood shutter or an old door, then the magic begins. Where do we find these pieces? Curb trash, dumpster diving, junk stores, flea markets, second hand stores, basements, garages, and Craig's List. Family and friend are great resources too. Especially the ones who are littering...[read more]

Putting Tap Water Back on Top

June 16, 2016 by Mark LeChevallier

It’s not often that you’ll hear a bottled water company’s CEO advocating for more people to drink tap water, but that’s what I was pleasantly surprised to read from Grace Jeon of Just Water, a company doing a lot of things right in their approach to selling bottled water.[read more]

Developing eco-villages in Jordan

June 8, 2016 by Charles Arthur
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EDAMA is a professional association that promotes the effective management of water and renewable energies in Jordan. The eco-villages project, was initiated in 2015 and involves implementing photovoltaic systems in poor Jordanian villages to improve the quality of life of the residents and reduce their energy bills. An affordable and...[read more]

A Vision for Equitable Community Development

June 7, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Mural, Village of Arts and Humanities / Jared GreenIn the 1960s, amid rampant gang violence, drug crime, and white flight, Arthur Hall, a dancer and choreographer, created the Ile Ife Black Humanitarian Center in the poor and mostly African American community of Fairchild-Hartranft in north Philadelphia. The center successfully taught...[read more]

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Preparing Your Business for Solar - What You Need to Know

June 3, 2016 by Peter Kim
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Solar electricity continues to be a booming industry in the United States thanks to a combination of generous government rebates, decreasing costs of photovoltaic (PV) panels, and increased public interest in sustainable energy options.But investing in a complete solar energy solution for your business can be a costly, understandably...[read more]

Tree Management Plans are Essential for Sustainable Cities

May 27, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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For the greener cities of the future, a tree management plan for the urban environment becomes a practical discipline that includes tree planting, selection, protection and care. The overall management of trees could be seen as a more collective resource. Let's take San Francisco, for example. They have more than 105,000 trees growing...[read more]

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5 Tech Companies Helping The Environment

May 26, 2016 by Peter Kim
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There is no doubt that the human population is causing global warming, and if left unchecked, it could have disastrous consequences for the environment. Yet creating and enforcing policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is no easy feat, despite the knowledge that we need to actively prevent climate change. Ultimately, global...[read more]

What it takes to unlock infeasible development land (and some thoughts on parking)

May 16, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly
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One of the questions that came up after my recent post about land pricing was: what is it going to take to develop underutilized land on the outskirts of city centers?So today I thought I would talk about a new development project that was also discussed at the Land & Development conference I recently attended. I think will begin to...[read more]

What Can We Learn from Thailand’s Inclusive Approach to Upgrading Informal Settlements?

Currently, an estimated one billion people worldwide live in informal settlements where they lack access to basic services and infrastructure and are often threatened with forced eviction. While the overall proportion of the world’s urban population living in informal settlements has decreased in recent years, the absolute number is...[read more]