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Health & Nutrition

How Our New Buying Habits are Changing Design Approaches to Public Markets

June 26, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Markthal Rotterdam

Today’s markets are more and more becoming community hubs where visitors can gather, shop, eat, socialize, and learn. Many of these new hybrid spaces are “changing the way we define a market". So operational strategies continue to evolve in order to meet the changing needs of today’s customers.[read more]

How Great Communities Grow at the Intersection of Health and Design

June 18, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Cities should be designed to promote health

“Is your zip code more important than your genetic code [for determining health]?” asks Dr. Anthony Iton, Vice President for Healthy Communities of the California Endowment. In addition to the lack of wholesome food and opportunities for exercise, people in low-income areas “live in a fog of stress”, he says.[read more]

The Future of Woodstock: How Socially Inclusive Change by Design Works

June 16, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Listen to the people

Claire du Trevou reports from the ‘Change by design’ workshop hosted by Architects Sans Frontiers UK and Development Action Group (DAG), which put the regeneration of Woodstock under the microscope. Through extensive mapping of land use, coupled with spatial narratives, a development framework for the town could evolve.[read more]

The Key Market Drivers for China’s Better Built Environment

On tour of Chinese buildings

In May, I had the privilege to travel to China to promote LEED and WELL as key market drivers for China’s built environment. We were greatly excited by the enthusiasm of the leaders in China using LEED and looking to incorporate WELL into their built environment. Building and human performance is very much alive in China.[read more]

What Dose of Nature Do We Need to Feel Better?

June 5, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Central Park - imagine NYC without it.

What dose of nature exposure is needed to achieve maximum mental and physical health benefits (how long and how frequently)? And what form of nature works best? MaryCarol Hunter, ASLA, a landscape architect and ecologist at the University of Michigan, has a few ideas for landscape designs that can lead to the greatest impact.[read more]

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]