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EU Offers Millions to Cities to Spur Innovation

February 4, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

ASLA 2010 Professional General Design Award. Park 20 / 20, A Cradle to Cradle Inspired Master Plan by William McDonough + Partners / DPI Animation House ASLA 2010 Professional General Design Award. Park 20 / 20, A Cradle to Cradle Inspired Master Plan by William McDonough + Partners / DPI Animation House More than 70 percent of Europe’s population live in cities, and that number is expected to grow to 80 percent by 2050. As European cities further densify, they must find new solutions to ever-worsening problems, like congestion, pollution, and poverty. To stay ahead of these challenges, cities must remain the nexus of innovation. To ensure this happens, the European Commission (EC) just launched the Urban Innovative Actions program, which seeks bold projects that can push forward innovation in urban planning and design throughout the Union. Projects, which must be submitted by an urban government with a population of at least 50,000 people, can receive up to €5 million over three years. From now through 2020, the EC will be offering €372 million for these urban experiments.[read more]

A Visual Tour of Sustainable Urban Design Principles

February 3, 2016 by CC Huang

Our Prezi provides a visual tour of sustainable urban design, providing our rationale and key examples from China and around the world. While the 12 Green Guidelines were developed for use in China, they represent an emerging international consensus on sustainable urban development and could be used in any country.[read more]

Ideas and Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Living

January 26, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

Connect4Climate recently co-hosted Sustainability Week, a series of panel discussions and events with the Hospital Club, a social venue in central London, created by Paul Allen co-founder of Microsoft and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, that encourages the free flow of ideas and innovative solutions. Sustainability Week, now in its third consecutive year, was a program sparked by its members in particular Steve Malkin, Guy Battle and Rupesh Madlani who were instrumental in arranging this year’s event. The Week brought together climate experts, industry leaders, city administrators and influencers with the creative minds of the Club’s members and invited guests in the days leading up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris (COP21).[read more]

What will make Arab Cities Sustainable?

January 25, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

Connect4Climate and Urban Specialists from the World Bank Group were invited to present during the EcoCity World Summit held in Abu Dhabi in October last year. The conference brought together hundreds of practitioners focused on eco city development and low carbon planning from a variety of backgrounds including researchers, private sector, development organizations and students. At the conference Salim Rouhana, Urban Specialist, World Bank Group, focused his presentation on the key drivers that should be considered in urban upgrading projects[read more]

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Kick Off Your City Garden With These Great Tips

January 20, 2016 by Ryan Kh

A city garden can be a wonderful thing and preparing for it now, will ensure that you have a greener, lusher space later in the year. Having a green space in your city home or in a built up area is good for you, for the environment and also the urban space as a whole.[read more]

Your School Needs Effective Solid Waste Management

January 19, 2016 by erichlawson

The fact that solid waste in schools is fast increasing cannot be overemphasized. This is attributed to increased population in schools. If you are a school manager or a city-county waste management coordinator, discover simple yet effective procedures of managing solid waste in your school.[read more]

Could Your City Benefit from DIY Urban Planning? Yes, the Experience from Pro Helsinki 2.0 Suggests

January 12, 2016 by Timo Hamalainen

It’s been a bit more than a year since I and my urbanist comrades accomplished one of the most exciting things ever – well, at least as far as urban planning goes. Following about 10 months of work during evenings, weekends, and holidays, in October 2014 we finally published Pro Helsinki 2.0, the alternative master plan for Helsinki.[read more]

LEED Dynamic Plaque Coming to a Building Near You

January 11, 2016 by Chris Cheatham

With LEED Dynamic Plaques starting to appear in building lobbies it is a good time to understand this new U.S. Green Building Council platform. It is a whole lot more than a 7 lb. display unit.[read more]

Inspiring the Next Generation Interview with Russell Horsey

January 11, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Interview with Russell Horsey, the Development Director at the Institute of Chartered Foresters in the United Kingdom[read more]

Most Popular Posts of 2015

January 7, 2016 by Jillian Glover

At the end of every year, I take note of what were the most popular posts of 2015 on this This City Life. Here are the top 5 posts.[read more]

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Your New Home: How to Ensure that the Property is Eco-Friendly

December 23, 2015 by Ryan Kh

If you are looking for a house, and you want to go green, there are a few key points to keep in mind. These are true whether you are building a home or if you want to purchase one that is on the market.[read more]

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How to Make Your Home and Garden More Eco-Friendly

December 18, 2015 by Ryan Kh

For many decades, humans acted in a way that went against all the laws of nature and we are now paying the price. We can all play our part in improving our surroundings. This starts with the way we act in our own homes. These are some ways you can make your home and garden more environmentally friendly.[read more]