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Will Proposed Change to LEED 2009 Kill the Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs?

October 12, 2015 by Chris Cheatham

The U.S. Green Building Council is soliciting comments on its proposal to change the prerequisites of the current LEED 2009 rating system increasing the minimum energy performance thresholds.[read more]

Biomimicry Tools to Inspire Designers

October 8, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

“Biomimicry is about learning from nature to inspire design solutions for human problems,” said Gretchen Hooker with the Biomimicry Institute at SXSW Eco in Austin, Texas. To enable the spread of these exciting solutions, Hooker, along with Cas Smith, Terrapin Bright Green, and Marjan Eggermont, Zygote Quarterly (ZQ), gave a tour of some of the best resources available for designers and engineers of all stripes:[read more]

Solutions Farms Combats Family Homelessness with Aquaponics Training in Vista, CA

The nonprofit’s Solutions Farms aquaponic training program provides “an opportunity for homeless families to regain their financial viability, their place in the community, their security and their happiness,” according to the project’s website.[read more]

State of Emergency for Housing and Homelessness in Portland and City Club Affordable Housing Forum

October 6, 2015 by Taz Loomans

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has declared a state of emergency for housing and homelessness in the city. With a vacancy rate of 2.5-3.2%, less than half of that in a healthy housing market, and a 30% increase in rents in that last 5 years, it certainly feels like a state of emergency to everyone from the homeless to the working poor to artists and even to middle class professionals.[read more]


Growing Your Garden and Other Great Ways to Go Green

September 23, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Do you know why the veggies you get from the farmers’ market taste so much better than the veggies you buy at the store? Because more often than not, the veggies you get at the farmer’s market are much fresher than the veggies you purchase at the grocery store.[read more]

Outdoor Preschools Bring Affordable Education to Parks

September 16, 2015 by Shareable .

Originating in Europe in the 1990s, outdoor preschools offer affordable learning to families by drastically reducing the overhead costs of an indoor classroom.[read more]

Integrated Building Management: Tangible Benefits in Efficiency, Comfort, Safety and Security

September 15, 2015 by Dijana Hoffmann

More than ever, commercial buildings are multi-purpose in use and therefore present building operators with increasingly complex challenges. At the same time, scarcer resources and growing costs demand more efficient operation of properties.[read more]


How Smart Growth Puts California on the Path to 2030 Climate Success

September 9, 2015 by Christopher Busch

California Climate Change Action

California wants to reduce emissions 40% by 2030. Smart growth policies would help the state achieve this target,save the government billions on infrastructure and health costs, and save residents thousands annually in transportation costs, all while empowering economic growth and housing equality.[read more]

Buildings: Our Biggest (and Most Underutilized) Asset for Improving How Cities Perform

A quiet moment in Wuxi, China

It’s time for leaders from both the public and private sectors to pay attention to buildings as a way of improving how their cities perform. High performance buildings (and their cousins: net zero, or near-net zero buildings) are a boost to health and productivity. Here's how to begin.[read more]

Why The Zoning Debate In Seattle Has Lacked ‘First Principles’

July 27, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe

Where to put affordable housing?

A guest opinion last week in Seattle's Crosscut went back to zoning basics after several articles and opinion pieces--in Crosscut and other media--attempted to dissect a key issue identified in affordable housing discussions.[read more]

Will Metro’s TOD Projects Gentrify Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles?

July 23, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Tempers are Boyle-ing

The community of Boyle Heights has expressed their discontent and disappointment at the lack of inclusion in the planning process. They have vocalized that as proposed, this project is not taking into account their needs, culture, and current socio-economic situation.[read more]

Revealed: the Top 10 Countries for LEED Green Building Certification in 2015 [infographic]

...outside the USA.

There are LEED projects in more than 150 countries and territories, representing every continent except for Antarctica. LEED is being used in highly industrialized nations and newly developing ones, and is helping to demonstrate the enormous power and potential of the emerging green economy. Here are the top 10 countries outside the USA.[read more]