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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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Renewable Energy: The Battle For A Simpler Life

July 5, 2016 by Rose Rennar

Many people never see a farm up close. They never see a pasture of cows or a coop of laying hens. They are so removed from where their food comes from that the realization that modern technology plays an always evolving place in farm life might come as a surprise. Modern technology has created not only a place of progression but now a...[read more]

Are Garden Cities Sustainable?

July 1, 2016 by Dean Saitta

The answer to my title’s question depends, of course, on where they’re located, how they develop, and what we mean by “sustainable.” Certainly, Ebenezer Howard’s concept of the Garden City is one of the most influential planning models produced by 20th century urbanists. It remains so today, invigorated by Peter Hall’s updating of...[read more]

Eight Eco-friendly Roofing Materials When Building A Roof

June 27, 2016 by Sarah Smith

When looking for a roofing material, most people go for those that are durable, affordable, and above all environmentally friendly. There are several eco-friendly options to select from depending on the cost, material, preference, and the design of your home. Roofing is not a one size fits all kind of a situation.Here are some of the top...[read more]

Why are Cities Using Green Streets for Stormwater Management?

June 21, 2016 by Leda Marritz
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Urban stormwater management and surface water quality protection is a decades old field of science and engineering. Engineers in the field are largely focused on mitigating the impacts of imperious surfaces like roads, sidewalks, parking lots and rooftops in urban areas to protect aquatic habitat and species, reduce drinking water...[read more]

Biophilic Cities Lead the Way to Urban Sustainability

June 9, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA
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A number of cities are forging deeper connections to urban wildlife, too. In Bangalore, there’s the Slender Loris project that engages citizen scientists in nighttime journeys through the city to meet these shy creatures. Austin, Texas has gone completely batty, in a good way. Underneath Congress Bridge, millions of bat fly out at dusk during the warmer months to feed. Above and below the bridge, people gather to watch the amazing exodus and sometime-murmurations. “There are now bat-watching dinner cruises.”[read more]

Save the Drop! L.A. Achieves 16% Reduction in Water Consumption, but Misses the Mark

June 8, 2016 by The Global Grid

Flowing fountains, full swimming pools, and luscious landscapes disguise and downsize L.A.’s short water supplies. The truth is that Los Angeles doesn’t have much water. Only about 11% of Los Angeles’ water supply is local; the remaining 89% is piped in from Northern California and the Colorado River. About 600,000 acre-feet from the...[read more]

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Preparing Your Business for Solar - What You Need to Know

June 3, 2016 by Peter Kim
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Solar electricity continues to be a booming industry in the United States thanks to a combination of generous government rebates, decreasing costs of photovoltaic (PV) panels, and increased public interest in sustainable energy options.But investing in a complete solar energy solution for your business can be a costly, understandably...[read more]

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Can Sustainability and Safety Keep Pace With Progress?

June 2, 2016 by Michael Guajardo

Texas has the nation’s fastest-growing population. Last year, 466 people moved to Texas every single day. Many of the move-ins are coming to Dallas, and the never-ending construction in our city reflects our efforts to accommodate this burgeoning population.[read more]

Tree Management Plans are Essential for Sustainable Cities

May 27, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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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]

Standard of Sustainable Building Materials and Inspection

May 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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 Green building encompasses all that facilitate skillfulness in avoiding energy wastage, the utilization of sustainable construction materials, and processes that promote not only human, but also those that promote environmental health. There are profound effects that revolve around green building, effects that are either positive...[read more]

4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities

Building efficiency offers benefits to cities. Photo by Hsiuan Boyen/FlickrUrbanization presents major challenges: congestion, sprawl, inefficiency, health hazards and high cost of living, just to name a few. But the choices we make for our cities can transform these challenges into opportunities: mobility, connectivity, economies of...[read more]