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FHWA head: Public, private sectors joining forces to advance project efficiency innovations

June 28, 2016 by Construction Dive

The Federal Highway Administration is on a mission to improve efficiency on infrastructure projects, and the private sector is playing a key role in those efforts.Led by current Administrator Gregory Nadeau and former Administrator Victor Mendez, the FHWA launched the Every Day Counts initiative in 2010. The program aims to "...[read more]

An Elevator Company's Challenge for Architects and Urbanists

June 6, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

Even though urban life has globally become the predominant form of existence, the hunger for an urban Utopia, for an all different city in which all is perfect, has lost its luster. Too often has this been tried and failed, too often the results were mediocre or so far from "perfect" that the term has become a mockery.[read more]

An Open Letter to Google re: Livable Cities

June 2, 2016 by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman
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 This year would be Jane Jacob’s 100th birthday, and what better to celebrate the memory of this incredible woman than walking along the very streets she helped fight to protect in New York City. This champion of everyday social life in public space and her de facto anthropological observations of people in cities have had a lasting...[read more]

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Cutting Business Waste - Paper, Printers, And The Environment

April 20, 2016 by Rehan Ijaz
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Saving the environment is a somewhat broad topic - many individuals understand that it is important, but fail to fully comprehend it. Since it's a problem on global scale, 'doing your part' can see futile, especially for an individual who does not understand exactly how their lifestyle can contribute to environmental damage.While there...[read more]

Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

March 23, 2016 by Kaid Benfield
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 When you think of "affordable housing," what's the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it's a scene of dreary, deteriorating high-rises or shabby, poorly constructed "garden" apartments with no garden in sight. Moreover, the projects come with...[read more]

What will make Arab Cities Sustainable?

January 25, 2016 by Ivan Bruce
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Connect4Climate and Urban Specialists from the World Bank Group were invited to present during the EcoCity World Summit held in Abu Dhabi in October last year. The conference brought together hundreds of practitioners focused on eco city development and low carbon planning from a variety of backgrounds including researchers, private sector, development organizations and students. At the conference Salim Rouhana, Urban Specialist, World Bank Group, focused his presentation on the key drivers that should be considered in urban upgrading projects[read more]

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Greener Workplaces and How It’s Possible To Achieve Them

January 22, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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Making your office more environmentally friendly or "green" is about more than simply being politically correct or keeping up with the latest worldwide trends; it's about contributing to the sustainability of your local community and environment, running a business that is more cost effective, and creating an increased sense of community in the working environment.[read more]

Nevada Stops Subsidizing Net Metering

January 18, 2016 by Chris Cheatham

In the final days of 2015, Nevada became the front line in the looming nationwide fight over energy policy when the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada altered rates for net metering impacting homeowners with rooftop photovoltaic panels.[read more]

Let's Not Kid Ourselves: Curbing Carbon and Stopping Smog Are Not the Same Thing

December 31, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

A hope has prevailed across most media commentators and environmental groups that curbs on carbon emissions will also fix the dirty air in these nations’ metropolises. But that’s naïve. It doesn’t take into account how the past of pollution control inside the United States and other long-industrialized nations has conditioned us to tackling one enormous environmental problem while ignoring the other.[read more]

Historic Climate Deal Reached in Paris

December 17, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

After two weeks of intense negotiations at a UN summit in Paris, leaders of 195 countries reached an historic agreement to limit the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing the atmosphere to warm[read more]

Empowering City Leaders: Pacing Local Climate Action after COP21

December 14, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

As Hidalgo makes clear, cities and mayors have become the primary agents of change in the climate debate, serving as engines to enable societies to adapt to the impacts of a 2-degree warmer world. During the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, co-hosted by Michael Bloomberg and the City of Paris, Bloomberg noted that, “Cities are getting the job done,” with actions taken at city level adding up to majorly shape global emissions. In recognition of this, the time has come to empower local leadership for global climate action.[read more]

Absentee Urban Planning: Story of an American Small Town

December 9, 2015 by Atlas Lens

Hermann is a small, charming town at the northern edge of the Ozark highlands, one and a half hours west of St. Louis in eastern Missouri. Well-known for its thriving vineyards and quaint German heritage, Hermann is a popular weekend destination for tourists around the Midwest. Built upon the banks of the Missouri River, the small town is also finds itself at an important crossroads of the statewide Katy Bicycle Trail and Amtrak railroad line.[read more]