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Health & Nutrition

Be a YIMBY, not a NIMBY

December 14, 2015 by Jillian Glover

#YIMBY (Yes In My BackYard) is a movement that seeks to create a more inclusive community by bringing together homeless citizens, residents and local businesses in a Pay-It-Forward initiative.[read more]

Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyle Initiatives in Asian Cities

December 7, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Today, seven of the world’s ten most populous cities are located in the Asia-Pacific region: Beijing, Delhi, Dhaka, Kolkata, Mumbai, Shanghai and Tokyo. These mega-cities are generators of wealth and hubs for innovation and cultural activities. On the downside, these cities continue to harbour poverty and environmental disasters.[read more]

Sustainable Transport: Building Equitable and Low-Carbon Cities

By the year 2030, one billion more people will need to access transport; of these individuals, 870 million will be located in Asia and Africa. Troublingly, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport—under a business-as-usual scenario—are projected to rise from 23 percent to 33 percent by 2050, according to the International Transport Forum.[read more]

Can Cities Feed Their Inhabitants?

November 30, 2015 by Charles Arthur
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There are three dominant trends to which cities and national governments must respond in order to secure food supplies for their people. First, between 1980 and 2011 the global population not dependent on agriculture doubled to 4.4 billion, and, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization this population is growing at a rate about five times that of the agriculturally dependent population.[read more]

Why Privatize Water?

November 20, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Humans can survive weeks without food, but only days without water — in some conditions, only hours. It may sound clichéd, but it’s no hyperbole: water is life. So what happens when private companies control the spigot? Evidence from water privatization projects around the world paints a pretty clear picture — public health is at stake.[read more]

Street Light Orchestra Creates an Urban Commons of Music and Light

November 13, 2015 by Shareable .

The outdoor music and light installation allows passersby to stroll among virtual orchestra sections represented by various lights, pulsating to the rhythm and beat of classical works of music.[read more]

In Vino Veritas: The Truth About Water And Wine

November 5, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

Like many other industries, winemaking is evolving toward more eco-responsible solutions, and winemakers are taking action to gain more knowledge, share their findings and innovate viable tactics to reduce their water footprint.[read more]

#WalkingMatters: Cities Should Be a Good Place for Everyone to Walk

October 29, 2015 by Shareable .
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Girl Trek aims to improve black women’s health by organizing communities to walk, even in places where sidewalks are absent and crime rates are high. More than 35,000 African-American women have taken Girl Trek’s pledge to re-establish walking as a healing tradition in their neighborhoods. More than 500 Girl Trek members traveled to Alabama last Spring to walk in celebration of the Selma-to-Birmingham Civil Rights March.[read more]

Los Angeles County Approves ‘Tomato Tax Incentive’

October 26, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

If implemented, the policy has the potential to transform vacant and privately owned land in the county into urban farms, and help reduce blight and illegal dumping throughout Los Angeles city and county.[read more]

Suburb Reaps Benefits by Combining High School with Senior Center

October 23, 2015 by Shareable .

In most suburban communities across the United States, much of the urban landscape is stratified. Not only are Americans separated by race and income; increasingly, they are separated by age.[read more]

Acting Now and Acting Together on Air Quality Management

October 23, 2015 by Celina Plaza

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, USA (ICLEI USA) hosted a delegation of environmental protection and municipal government officials from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, Jiangsu Provincial Environmental Protection Department, and environmental protection officials from Nanjing, Wuxi, Changzhou, and Suzhou as part of its ongoing activities under the California-China Urban Climate Collaborative (CCUCC).[read more]

Portland Aquaponics Business Sells Live Microgreens via CSA

October 21, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

You get your basil, arugula and/or a mix of spicy salad greens, but in a unique twist subscribers to the CSA also receive trays of live microgreens, which they can snip off to eat when it suits them. Möbius sells its microgreens live to avoid nutrient loss, spoilage, and waste.[read more]