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Tree Management Plans are Essential for Sustainable Cities

May 27, 2016 by Sarah Smith

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

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]

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Green Business Trends and What to Expect

May 5, 2016 by Peter Kim

Consumers care more than ever before about the environmental impact of the products they buy, and companies are incorporating green business trends in order to capitalize on this growing demand. As of 2014, “55% of consumers across 60 countries [were] willing to pay higher prices for goods from environmentally conscious companies... 71%...[read more]

Balancing the Scales of City Sustainability

May 3, 2016 by Kaid Benfield

I spend virtually all my professional time thinking about the intersection of human settlement and environmental sustainability. I am particularly interested in the built environment of American cities, towns, and suburbs - what I like to call our "people habitat" - and how it relates to the natural world. How can we make these two...[read more]

The Case for Precision in Landscape Architecture

April 27, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Renderings of Concurso La Carlota competition entry / Luis CallejasAccording to Anita Berrizbeitia, ASLA, chair of the landscape architecture department at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), the question of whether to pursue a more regimented, process-based approach or use a more open-ended design model has occupied the field of...[read more]

Environmental change - who cares, who benefits, who loses?

April 27, 2016 by Sturle Hauge Simonsen

In social-ecological systems research the focus is on people as well as nature and the aim is to promote both ecosystem health and human wellbeing. Ecosystem services is increasingly recognized as the benefits people obtain from nature, but we still have a poor understanding of how they actually enhance the many dimensions of wellbeing,...[read more]

Greening Offices Without Adding to Landfill

April 26, 2016 by Derek Wong

Many corporations are moving their staff into modern green offices in LEED buildings. But the left-behind furniture and equipment often end up in landfill. It’s better to recycle, resell, and donate them to minimize your footprint, recover costs, and benefit charities. Let’s see how Chevron did it and what you can learn from their...[read more]

The plants that regulate the rain

April 22, 2016 by Sturle Hauge Simonsen
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Much of the world relies on upwind landscapes to regulate rainfall. In fact, on average, nearly a fifth of annual rainfall is regulated specifically by current vegetation.This is the conclusion from a study published in PLOS ONE, led by centre researchers Patrick Keys, Lan Wang-Erlandsson and Line Gordon.Landscapes that regulate downwind...[read more]

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Learn From Flint: Solidify Water Infrastructure With These 5 Fixes

April 22, 2016 by David Schwartz

The Flint, Michigan, water crisis was a tragedy: horrible, yet avoidable. After years of using water from nearby Lake Huron, the city switched to the Flint River, in essence polluting its own water supply.Several factors contributed to the catastrophe — chief among them were a budget crisis, minimal state monitoring, and an antiquated...[read more]

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Cutting Business Waste - Paper, Printers, And The Environment

April 20, 2016 by Rehan Ijaz
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Saving the environment is a somewhat broad topic - many individuals understand that it is important, but fail to fully comprehend it. Since it's a problem on global scale, 'doing your part' can see futile, especially for an individual who does not understand exactly how their lifestyle can contribute to environmental damage.While there...[read more]