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Banks Should Lend World’s Top 500 Cities At Least $1bn to Tackle Climate Change – NCE-2015 Report

July 7, 2015 by David Thorpe

All cities must become low carbon, says the report

Multilateral development banks, donors and others should lend the world's top 500 cities at least US$1 billion to help them implement low carbon urban development strategies by 2020, according to the New Climate Economy 2015 report, published today by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.[read more]

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What Should Be Our Correct Reaction To The Greek Tragedy?

July 6, 2015 by David Thorpe
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It's not just the IMF that are to blame

What should be our correct reaction to the Greek tragedy? How on earth did they get into this mess in the first place? Why did nobody see this coming? Greece was living beyond its means. It was profligate and didn't save for the future. And we aren't like that, are we?[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]

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Using Waste Heat From a Refuse Incinerator to Grow 5,000 Tons of Tomatoes

Bessières Mayor Jean-Luc Raysseguier at the site

A small town in France, Bessières, is implementing a widely replicable project: using waste heat from the incineration of unrecyclable municipal waste in a cogeneration plant to heat nearby greenhouses that will produce 5,000 tons of tomatoes a year, as well as saving greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]

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How To Reduce the Carbon Emissions Impact of Travel [Infographic]

July 3, 2015 by David Thorpe
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What might be the best and least best tactics for reducing the environmental impact of your travel? Here they are, from best to worst. Walking and cycling are best and flying worst. But what about in between?[read more]

How to Double Building Energy Efficiency in Your Area With the UN's SE4ALL [Video]

July 3, 2015 by Celina Plaza

Introduction to the Building Efficiency Accelerator.

Watch this webinar to discover how to double the rate of energy efficiency improvements in the building sector in your area by 2030, under the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform initiative.[read more]

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20 City and Regional Governments Pledge to Save 5% of Global Carbon Emissions

July 2, 2015 by David Thorpe

Full infographic in the article

Twenty local city and regional governments, representing over 220 million people and $8.3 trillion GDP, have committed to a series of ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions totalling 5% of all global emissions, with many more due to report over the summer, according to the Compact of States and Regions.[read more]

Is Cheap Roof-Mounted PV Redefining the Design Rules for Net-Zero Buildings?

Net Zero Court zero emissions office building

Designing buildings for low energy and indoor environmental quality are not necessarily compatible goals. In a recent professional development workshop survey on net-zero buildings, the most popular design solution was a short, deep plan building with the majority of the budget invested in roof-mounted PV.[read more]

The Life and Legacy of Richard Haag, Influential Landscape Architect

July 2, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Richard Haag: Influential

An appreciation of Richard Haag’s nearly five decade-long careers as a landscape architect, activist, and teacher in the context of changes in the practice of landscape architecture in the U.S., providing a lens through which landscape architects can study urban ecological design.[read more]

Untamed and Unleashed: Landscape Architecture and the Meaning of 'Wild'

July 2, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

An eye for cover design

Introducing LA+ (Landscape Architecture Plus), a new interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Its provocative first issue, LA+ WILD, explores the shifting concept of “wild.” In the midst of the 21st century’s global environmental crisis, what is truly wild?[read more]

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]

12 Answers to the Question of How Science Can Better Inform Your Evidence-Based Practice

July 1, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Feeding each other's work

10 scientists and 10 practitioners walk into a bar: what would they talk about? How can research and knowledge generation be co-created to better support practitioners and evidence-based decision making? Every month we feature a Global Roundtable in which a dozen or so people respond to a specific question in The Nature of Cities.[read more]