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Do you know the value of your city's sewage?

August 26, 2016 by Stockholm Environment Institute

Every day, cities generate huge amounts of sewage that, dumped into waterways with little or no treatment, causes pollution and threatens our health. But these waste streams are full of resources that could us meet our energy needs, grow more food, and create green jobs.[read more]

Know Your Sawdust - It Can Do So Much

August 25, 2016 by Dan Richfield

One of our goals as an urban sawmill is to use as much of a tree as possible, so we are very happy when sawdust is put to good use.  We produce a lot of excess sawdust and almost always have it available to the public at no cost.  Here are some great ways to use it and some info to keep in mind for your...[read more]

Why We Need Nature Based Playgrounds Equipment and Design

August 16, 2016 by Sarah Smith

With urban green design including natural playgrounds, people will be able to see the environmental movement for what it is. There is no purer symbol of the concern environmentalists feel for the next generation than an eco-friendly playground. This extra care shows a consciousness towards helping everyone go green, no matter their age.[read more]

Brazilians Use Olympics to Deliver Powerful Climate Message

August 11, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony / NBCThe estimated 3.3 billion people who watched the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, saw a beautiful and compelling case for fighting climate change. Brazil, which is too critical to global efforts, given its stewardship of the Amazon rainforest, decided to use its big...[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]

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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]