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How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

July 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

Towards the green city [This is Singapore]

This is my last post for the time being on Sustainable Cities Collective and I want to take the opportunity to explain how I have come to understand the great value that it has. What will life be like for urban citizens in the future? The answer may depend upon whether you or your descendants will be living in a city which has implemented many of the ideas already covered on this website.[read more]

The Urban Organic Community Farm That Supplies the Second Largest Pantry in Indianapolis

July 22, 2015 by Barnraiser. Us

Urban kids learning how to grow food

A stone’s throw from an interstate, where loud semis and cars find their way in and out of the hustle and bustle of Indianapolis’ heart, is Indy Urban Acres. This eight-acre tract of organic farmland is conspicuously, yet unexpectedly, located on the eastside of Indianapolis on 21st Street.[read more]

Why Urban Homesteading Could Be a Key to More Livable, Resilient Cities

July 21, 2015 by Barnraiser. Us

Growing food in the city

The Urban Homesteader shows urbanites how to produce their own food through a web series, how-to materials and a skill-sharing platform. It's been chosen as part of a select group of campaigns to launch Indiegogo's new sustainability initiative, which shines a spotlight on social innovation projects.[read more]

'One Planet' Home Wins Planning Battle

July 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

The 'hobbit house' can live!

A zero energy roundhouse, built by a young family, has been saved from demolition following an appeal to the local planning authority. Their campaign to save their house touched the hearts of thousands, who wrote in support, but this wasn't what saved the home.[read more]

Don’t Build Here: Site Selection Strategies to Protect Nature – And Ourselves [VIDEO]

Where shouldn't you send this man?

How to reduce the environmental impact from the site selection process for buildings, and achieve the Sensitive Land Protection credit for the LEED v4 BD+C rating systems. Also, learn how to utilize tools such as the NRCS web based soil surveys, FEMA Flood Map Service Center, and NatureServe.[read more]

Five Reasons Alaskans Are Winning the Sustainable Food and Energy Race

Keeping plants warm in the cold

Alaska has much to share when it comes to creating sustainable economies. Despite dramatic seasonal changes, infrastructure gaps and transportation challenges, sustainability has always been a way of life in many of Alaska’s small communities in renewable energy, fish husbandry and food growing.[read more]

A Vertical Aquaponics Farm Aiming for Big Production From a Small Footprint

Small is beautiful

Vertical Fresh Farms is a small aquaponic operation in Buffalo, New York. How small? The vertical farm is small enough to fit into owner Jeremy Witt’s garage. That’s all by design. Witt and Matt Latham, the farm’s other co-owner, planned Vertical Fresh Farms’ small but sustainable layout.[read more]

A Small, New York Farm That's Single-handedly Dismantling Oppressive Food Systems

July 15, 2015 by Shareable .

Souls on fire!

On a small farm in Grafton New York, a group of people are dismantling oppressive food systems in low-income communities and getting farm-fresh produce to people with limited access to healthy food. It's taught 500 young people about farms, leadership and restorative justice, and delivered 3,980 boxes of fresh veg and eggs to families.[read more]

How One City Used Policy Integration to Enable Sustainable Energy Sources

Powered by biogas.

In 1994, Lille began developing a program to convert organic waste into energy. 20 years later, it has a fleet of over 400 buses running on biogas, with the compost byproduct used as fertilizer on large farms in the peri-urban area. It did this by coordinating the energy and other sectors to make its urban energy system more sustainable.[read more]

Women in Food: Coroner and Community Organizer Ashley Ponschok on Making the Community Healthier

Ashley Ponschok

Ashley Ponschok is the Senior Community Development Specialist for Live54218.org, a Green Bay initiative whose aim is "to make the Greater Green Bay Area the healthiest community in the nation". She speaks here about her work educating people in the community on the interconnectedness of the food system.[read more]

Meet Some of the Greenest Schools on Earth [PHOTOS]

Ng Yuk Secondary School in Hong Kong

We hope you enjoy the photos here featuring images from several of the schools nominated for the 2015 Greenest School on Earth award. They include schools from Croatia, Singapore, Lebanon and Hong Kong.[read more]

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What Should Be Our Correct Reaction To The Greek Tragedy?

July 6, 2015 by David Thorpe
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It's not just the IMF that are to blame

What should be our correct reaction to the Greek tragedy? How on earth did they get into this mess in the first place? Why did nobody see this coming? Greece was living beyond its means. It was profligate and didn't save for the future. And we aren't like that, are we?[read more]