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St. Louis Welcomes Its First Rooftop Farm

Food Roof Farms, St Louis

When construction is completed later this summer on top of a two-story building in downtown St. Louis, Food Roof Farm will be the first of its kind in the city. Support from the community has been “overwhelming” with both patrons, restaurant owners, and volunteers signing up for fresh city produce in droves.[read more]

Why All Cities Should Have a Department of Food

June 4, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Green roof in Chicago

Growing Food Connections connects family farmers to consumers who lack access to healthy food. This project launched last month to help eight communities across the US. It’s a federally funded project that I lead along with the American Farmland Trust and other partners.[read more]

Why Has Maryland Banned Microbeads in Soaps?

June 2, 2015 by Chris Cheatham

Microbeads – why are they dangerous?

Environmental interests have sought to ban microbeads contending the plastic microbeads (that look like tiny colorful dots), cannot be treated by conventional wastewater treatment plants, resulting in their discharge into waterways and posing a threat to the ecosystem through ingestion by fish and other animals in the food chain.[read more]

How to Accelerate the Spread of Healthy, Green Roofs in Cities

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

2.2m square feet of green roofs were installed in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area alone in 2013. It leads the USA in green roof installation. But what is slowing the growth of the otherwise promising green roof industry? Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is finding out and challenging the barriers.[read more]

How Green Building Professionals Can Get Help To Make Healthier Buildings

Buildings can affect your health

Where we live, work, learn, and play affects our health and well-being. Green building professionals are in a unique position to ensure that their projects minimize health risks. USGBC has formed a partnership with the Health Impact Project to streamline the consideration of health in the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and LEED certification programs.[read more]

The Top 10 Happiest Countries and What Makes Them Happy

May 26, 2015 by Shareable .

Reasons to be cheerful – nice city

Everyone wants to be happy, and increasingly countries around the world are looking at happiness as an indicator of national well-being and considering happiness in policy-making. This year’s World Happiness Report describes what makes people happy, and which countries have the highest levels of happiness.[read more]

Indoor Hydroponic Farming in Cities Means Organic Local Food

Pierre Sleiman, founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture

A conference to discuss the potential of indoor farming in cities will see Pierre Sleiman, founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture, an innovative company that grows local, premium quality leafy greens inside high-tech greenhouses using hydroponics, talk about “The Local Food Potential of Indoor Farming in Cities”.[read more]

Where can you walk to work? Study ranks cities for accessibility to jobs by walking 

May 21, 2015 by David Levinson
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When we think of the cities that are “most walkable,” it’s often in terms of pedestrian networks such as sidewalks and trails. However, there’s another factor at play in determining which cities are truly most pedestrian-friendly: accessibility.In a new report in the Access Across America series from the U of M’s...[read more]

How Economically Viable Small Farms Can Benefit Local Urban Communities

Rishi Kumar, ecological designer & urban farmer.

Across Southern California, a new breed of small farmer is emerging to not only take advantage of the growing demand for local food, but also to connect urban communities to their food. These farmers are often working on backyard plots within or on the outskirts of cities that are less than 1-acre in size.[read more]

The Future of Public Markets and the Amazing Value of One in Baltimore

May 20, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Lexington Market, Baltimore, MD.

Today urban designers and "place makers" are waxing poetic about the urbanity, the social capital and the cohesion that comes from public markets. Just like at the beginning of cities, public markets are seen again as a vital element of what it means to be a city. Maybe also a place where to reconnect with food.[read more]

Where is Walking in the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

May 18, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

The SDGs need to promote walking and currently don't

This September the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will set the new strategic framework for all UN member states to inform their political agendas and policy initiatives over the next 15 years. While walking will underpin attempts to achieve many of the targets outlined in the Goals, walking is actually absent from them. Why?[read more]

Paris, France Plans to Be the World's Biking Capital by 2020

Biking Support in Paris

From now until 2020, the trips made on bikes in the capital could triple. Paris could even become “the biking world capital.” It’s what everyone hopes. In order to accomplish this, it will be necessary to improve and review many things. However, one of the priorities remaining is to increase the number of bike lanes.[read more]