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Health & Nutrition

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

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]

Dubai Charity Builds New Cycles from Old, Donates Bikes to Refugees

May 16, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Cheri is very pleased with her Charicycle

There are many organizations around the world repairing, upcycling, or otherwise putting good, used bicycles into the hands of those who can’t afford a new one. But in Dubai? Yes! Meet Charicycles, a Dubai-based startup that remakes bikes into customized transportation.[read more]

Istanbul to Build 1,050km of Cycle Lanes to Beat Congestion and Poor Air

Biking Support in Istanbul

With 14 million people living in dense communities, Istanbul has faced intense traffic congestion and low air quality. To improve livability and public health, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM)—the agency responsible for cycling projects— is turning to active design targets, pledging to build 1,050 km of cycle lanes in Istanbul by 2023.[read more]

The Seed Exchange Library That Fought the Law and Won

Seeds and Agriculture Regulations

Minnesota’s first public seed library came to the attention of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture after the story broke in the media in late 2014 – but not in a good way.It had broken the law. This is the story of how supporters fought to get the law changed so it could continue its good work.[read more]

The Problem with Incinerating Waste: It's Not What You Think

May 12, 2015 by Cathy Rust

Waste and Management

Incinerating waste has always polarized communities into advocates and critics. In the old days it was about air pollution as the filtering system was never sufficient. Now, however, as incineration technology has advanced, the worries are more about the effects of too many incinerators and running out of feedstock.[read more]

Food Assistance Program Brings More Fruit and Vegetables to Needy, Helps Local Farmers

Local Food and Feeding the Needy

Double Up Food Bucks doubles the value of federal nutrition aid used at stores and markets that participate. So not only do low-income consumers have much greater access to fresh food, but local farmers make more money and the economy benefits from more money spent on locally-produced foods.[read more]


Creating Safe Routes To School for Walking and Cycling Saves Money and Improves Children's Lives - Report

May 8, 2015 by David Thorpe

It's better for you

Increasing walking, biking and other modes of active school travel can help to reduce childhood obesity and improve the lives of children and adolescents as well as saving money on busing children to school. These are the headline results of research by the US Congress' Safe Routes to School program.[read more]