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Climate Action on the City Level: How Do Boston and L.A. Compare?

February 8, 2017 by The Global Grid

The new White House has left only three mentions of “climate” on its website, including two that have nothing to do with climate change and one that calls President Obama’s Climate Action Plan an “unnecessary” policy (more on the website turnover). What is not unnecessary is preparing ourselves for severe storms, cleaning up pollution,...[read more]

8 Reasons Place Should Matter to Humanitarians

January 26, 2017 by Project for Public Spaces

The majority of the world’s displaced (over 60% of refugees and 80% of internally displaced persons) now live in urban areas, while the humanitarian system has largely been designed to serve people in camp or rural settings.[read more]

A Smart Streetscape for a High-Tech Corridor

January 13, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Kendall Square, before / Klopfer Martin Design Group Kendall Square, after / Christian Phillips PhotographyKendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the center of technological innovation on the East Coast. But you would have never known that walking the broken-down, dated, 1980s-era brick streets. Home to MIT, Google, Microsoft,...[read more]

Tackling Sustainable Development One Step at a Time

January 12, 2017 by Kathryn Thomsen

If you were helping to internalize ideas about sustainable development into the minds and activities of those you live or work with – family, friends, customers, clients, co-workers, students and bosses – how would you tackle such a challenge? I’ve been noticing some creative ways to embed the Sustainable Development Goals...[read more]

How Data Can Change The Way Our Cities Operate

January 11, 2017 by Daniel Malak

 We’ve all experienced the frustration of being stuck in traffic, even going out of the way to avoid peak transit times and impacted areas. Instead of walking or driving longer distances, we ask a bigger question– can cities do anything to change their traffic problems?The simple answer is yes, and here’s how:Identify what kind of...[read more]

Use Video to Tell the Story of Landscape Architecture

January 10, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Landscape architecture is well behind the curve of using video to distinguish itself in the digital age, a trend I don’t see changing anytime soon. However, the opportunity is there for the taking. And if you don’t watch out, other design professions will seize the moment before landscape architects do. We’ve already had Architecture...[read more]

Time is Running Out and the Carbon Clock is Ticking Away

December 22, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

As our beautiful blue planet continues spinning deep in space, we humans down here on the ground are grappling with whether or not climate change is within our control. Meanwhile, the carbon clock is rapidly ticking away...[read more]

Proposed Massachusetts air regulations target 80% decarbonization by 2050

December 20, 2016 by Utility Dive

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R)'s Department of Environmental Protection has issued a draft of new clean air regulations to address greenhouse gas emissions, seven months after the state's Supreme Court ruled it was not doing enough to cut them.[read more]

Fresh Ideas for Infrastructure

December 16, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Self-driving Uber in Pittsburgh / The Washington PostWith President-elect Trump coming into office vowing to raise $1 trillion for infrastructure, many cities and states see a potential bonanza for high-speed rail development, bridge and highway repair, and, hopefully, urban transportation networks. As former Pennsylvania governor Ed...[read more]

Trees: A Shared Good with Unequal Access

December 15, 2016 by Leda Marritz

All across the globe, it has been getting ever hotter with each passing year. With this heat comes a series health risks, including severe heat exhaustion and poor air quality, which disproportionately impact children, those who are ill, and the elderly. Heat-related impacts also disproportionately impact poor and minority communities,...[read more]

Duke outlines compensation plan for neighbors of coal ash facilities

December 13, 2016 by Utility Dive

Duke Energy will compensate homeowners within a half mile of North Carolina coal ash plants, according to a report by the Associated Press, offering financial payments to compensate for lost water wells and the cost of tying in to municipal water supplies.[read more]

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In a time of uncertainty mayors can fix our environment

November 29, 2016 by Tom Oliver Payne

We can all agree that global politics is demoralising right now. Intelligence and logic is being pushed aside to make way for unfounded arguments, scaremongering rhetoric and media manipulation. While it doesn’t appear to good news for our environment, politicians at the local level can help. But they need all the support they can get.[read more]