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How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

June 30, 2015 by Kiva Bottero

The figures speak for themselves

This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. It suits both communities both big and small in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact.[read more]

Should Cities Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags?

June 30, 2015 by Cathy Rust

Their time is over

Should cities ban single use plastic bags or keep them but charge a fee? Plastic bags are definitely a scourge on the environment, particularly once they get into the ocean, but does banning them outright make sense, or is there a better way to phase them out?[read more]

LEGO to Spend $150m to Make All Its Products Sustainable by 2030

June 29, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

No more plastic waste?

LEGO says it is looking for a way to find sustainable alternatives for making its cute little building blocks and it is putting its money where its mouth is. It will spend $150,000,000 to create a “LEGO Sustainable Materials Centre” that will research new raw materials. The company has pledged to make all of its products from sustainable sources by 2030.[read more]

Los Angeles Has a Hugely Ambitious Sustainability pLAn - Will it Succeed?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

“We hope to get rid of ornamental lawns and put in more native plants.” Los Angeles, known for its extensive car culture, lawn-filled suburbs and smog, is getting serious about sustainability—and the effort includes local and sustainable food and agriculture and aiming for zero waste.[read more]

How Sustainable Solutions Are Being Implemented in Lagos with Help from the Dutch

June 17, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Floating school in Lagos

On a cool Lagos evening, Olamide Udoma sat with Robert van Kats and Remco Rolvink of DASUDA (the Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa) to discuss sustainable solutions for Lagos, a leading African city, and how they are starting to take action. This is the first of a three part interview.[read more]

Water Operators: Unsung Heroes of the Post-2015 Agenda?

June 8, 2015 by GWOPA Global WOPs Alliance

Let's celebrate the humble manhole cover

Providing water and sanitation to the majority of the world's population, utilities are on the forefront of efforts to ensure access to our most basic services. Although we rely on their essential work every day, the challenges they face are often overlooked in development projects. The #manholecover campaign will raise awareness of these essential actors to ensure our sustainable development.[read more]

City and Business Leaders Warned of $130bn/yr Funding Gap for Resilience and Adaptation

June 5, 2015 by David Thorpe

Infrasturcture is vulnerable

A new report from Mott Macdonald shows there is a business dividend from investing in resilience in the form of improved protection or better emergency planning. But it also highlights a $130bn per annum global funding gap for resilience and adaptation measures offering marginal direct business benefit.[read more]

Malé: Can This City on the Sea Ever Become Sustainable?

June 3, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Beautiful – but sustainable?

The capital and largest city of the Republic of Maldives is on Malé, one of the most densely populated islands in the world. It faces a host of challenges arising from the fact that everything needed in terms of infrastructure has to be located in the city. It can therefore be seen as a paradigm of any city trying to become sustainable.[read more]

How to Set Up a Neighborhood Exchange Box in 4 Easy Steps

June 2, 2015 by Shareable .

Don't want it? Swop it!

A handy guide to setting up your own Neighborhood Exchange Box (for exchanging used goods with neighbors) which you can do in four easy steps, supplied by Dan Acher and his collaborators at Happy City Lab.[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]

Red Stripes, Iceberg Homes, and Laneway Houses

May 16, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Recently I was reading a CityLab article talking about a homeowner in London’s wealthy Kensington neighborhood who painted her house in red stripes after the city and her neighbors derailed her renovation plans. I’m thinking it is supposed to be symbolic of government “red tape.”[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]