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Economic Sustainability

How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

June 30, 2015 by Kiva Bottero

The figures speak for themselves

This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. It suits both communities both big and small in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact.[read more]

Making Lagos Work: Architecture, Economics and Politics

June 30, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Lagos is growing fast

A major city, Lagos' role in Africa, its growth, architecture, economics and politics are all discussed in the third part of this interview by Olamide Udoma with Robert van Kats and Remco Rolvink of DASUDA, a Dutch NGO.[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]

How Our New Buying Habits are Changing Design Approaches to Public Markets

June 26, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Markthal Rotterdam

Today’s markets are more and more becoming community hubs where visitors can gather, shop, eat, socialize, and learn. Many of these new hybrid spaces are “changing the way we define a market". So operational strategies continue to evolve in order to meet the changing needs of today’s customers.[read more]

Water, Education and Development: Making an African City Work

June 25, 2015 by Future Cape Town

The future of Lagos?

“Africa just keeps getting skipped during these larger discussions.” Water cities, protest over water privatization, working with decision makers, and the role of education in innovative change are covered in this conversation between Olamide Udoma andh Robert van Kats and Remco Rolvink of Dutch NGO DASUDA.[read more]

It's a Trend: More Businesses Are Choosing Downtowns and Walkable Locations

June 23, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Spot the Amazon HQ.

More and more businesses are choosing to locate in downtowns and walkable suburban locations, in part to attract younger workers who prefer a less car-dependent, more urban lifestyle. This brings hope for repair of urban damage, though some cities (such as Detroit and Cleveland) still have a long way to go to full recovery.[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]

What is Smart Growth?

June 16, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Is there such a thing as sustainable growth?

A Review of the Smart Growth Manual by: Andres Duany & Jeff Speck with Mike Lydon. The experience of three planning veterans boiled into a valid list of smart growth concepts that can serve as a primer for new development efforts.[read more]

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Baltimore to Receive National Award  for Excellence in Sustainability

June 11, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will accept the award today

Baltimore City will today be awarded a national rating for its efforts to become a more sustainable community by the STAR Community Rating System, the United States' first comprehensive framework and certification program for evaluating local sustainability.[read more]

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How Cities and Regions May Save One Fifth of Nations' Carbon Emissions

June 11, 2015 by David Thorpe

Cities and regions are acting on climate change

Actions by cities and regions could save the lion's share of global greenhouse gas emissions not accounted for at the national level by 2020, according to a new study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). They could save 60% or 1.08 GtCO2e.[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]

How to Obtain Finance For Greener Buildings: Guidelines for the Real Estate Sector

June 9, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Green bonds need more tapping

In 2014, global corporate bond issuance totalled $3.35 trillion. New Green Bond Guidelines for the Real Estate Sector have been issued to help the sector access some of these funds to make greener buildings. Here’s the why, how, and who on green bonds and the GRESB Guidelines.[read more]