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Using Funding From Water Agencies to Help Parks

May 25, 2016 by City Parks Blog

The following is an excerpt from City Parks, Clean Water, a report by the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence that examines the role of urban parks in managing stormwater. This is the eighteenth installment in a series of 19 posts.Some city water agencies financially reward park agencies for collecting...[read more]

The Rise of the Urban Energy “Prosumer”

An increasingly important actor on India’s urban scene could help reach the ambitious Indian goal of reaching 40 GW of rooftop solar power capacity by 2022. Meet the urban electricity “prosumer,” a consumer of electricity who also produces it and can sell it back to the grid, often through a rooftop solar PV system. For major cities in...[read more]

A New Coalition Will Prove Sustainable Cities Are Better for Growth, Better for Climate

Cities are all about efficiency. It’s why they exist: to allow easy access to jobs, goods, services and ideas. However, in many countries, new and expanding cities are sprawling, car-dependent and uncoordinated – a set-up that’s not only inefficient, but carbon-intensive.Thankfully, a new vision for sustainable urban growth is spreading...[read more]

Balancing the Scales of City Sustainability

May 3, 2016 by Kaid Benfield

I spend virtually all my professional time thinking about the intersection of human settlement and environmental sustainability. I am particularly interested in the built environment of American cities, towns, and suburbs - what I like to call our "people habitat" - and how it relates to the natural world. How can we make these two...[read more]

Greener Buildings Need Less Parking

March 30, 2016 by Tyler Caine
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It would be fair to say that the baseline of sustainability in building construction is rising. Whether it is due to improving technology, updated building codes or the slow but steady growth of consumer demand, we are in the process of making buildings tighter and smarter. At the same time, the nature of proactive lobbying in the...[read more]

Tech Updates : How to Design a Stormwater Drainage System

March 24, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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Since this time, engineers have searched for better methods and environmental scientists have been seeking alternative designs that will collect, treat and move the storm water after the snow melts or a rainstorm occurs.[read more]

Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

March 23, 2016 by Kaid Benfield
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 When you think of "affordable housing," what's the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it's a scene of dreary, deteriorating high-rises or shabby, poorly constructed "garden" apartments with no garden in sight. Moreover, the projects come with...[read more]

Vancity Buzz ‘Women in Urbanism’ Series

March 22, 2016 by Jillian Glover

I am very honoured to be the second woman featured in Vanity Buzz’s Women in Urbanism series by my friend, Melissa Bruntlett. The profile piece provides a great overview of my career path and also gives me the opportunity to announce my new job as a communications specialist at Modus Planning, Design and Engagement:Had you spoken to...[read more]

Rooftop Solar could generate half of Miami-Dade County's Electricity

March 21, 2016 by Gray Read

Solar panels on the roof power both house and electric carThe solar train is leaving the station (with or without FPL).Here are some back-of-the-envelope calculations.The total area of roofs in Miami Dade County is:  116 million square meters. Or 1.244 billion square feet.  Or 44.6 square miles. Thanks to Jeffrey Onsted, an FIU...[read more]

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Smart Ways To Partner On Environmental Causes

March 13, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Government entities are entering into several types of partnerships with the private sector. Many of these partnerships are set up to conserve resources and sustain the environment. The job is simply too big for these two groups to accomplish on their own. The challenge for a government agency, however, is to manage the request for...[read more]

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Exploring the Popularity and Positive Aspects of RVing

February 18, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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RVing is a great American pastime that’s as popular as ever – especially since gas prices dropped. Traveling by RV instantly takes you back to the heyday of American road trips when the highway system was new and people were experiencing a new sense of freedom.[read more]

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Roofless Solar Gives Urban Sustainability a Big Boost

February 17, 2016 by Derek Markham
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When it comes to making changes, people always say there's no better time than the present, right? And yet when it comes to making changes in our energy sources, it seems like many of us are still waiting for some big shift to happen. Part of the reason for this may be because we aren't used to having a choice in our electricity sources, so investing in a home solar array or buying into a community solar program seems odd or like something only “other” people do. Or, perhaps our idea of what solar really costs is a few decades behind, and we haven't noticed that solar is already comparable with traditional energy costs in many U.S. cities already.[read more]