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How Can Louisiana Build Back Smarter?

August 24, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Louisiana flooding / Los Angeles TimesThe flooding that hit Louisiana last week affected hundreds of thousands of people over 1,000 square miles. The intense storm claimed 13 lives, and some 30,000 needed to be rescued. Over 60,000 homes have been destroyed, and 100,000 have registered for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)...[read more]

How the National Park Service Should Evolve

August 23, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument / Conservation AllianceAs the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its centennial, it’s time to look ahead and think about how America’s national parks should evolve over the next 100 years. A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) argues that the NPS will need to become far...[read more]

Why We Need Nature Based Playgrounds Equipment and Design

August 16, 2016 by Sarah Smith

With urban green design including natural playgrounds, people will be able to see the environmental movement for what it is. There is no purer symbol of the concern environmentalists feel for the next generation than an eco-friendly playground. This extra care shows a consciousness towards helping everyone go green, no matter their age.[read more]

Troubled Waters: How Rio's Trash Problem Goes Far Beyond the Olympics

August 9, 2016 by Waste Dive

When athletes from around the world hit the waters of Guanabara Bay for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games this month, they will be competing amid garbage.It didn’t have to be this way.Despite seven years of planning and multiple ideas from waste professionals around the world, Rio de Janeiro has not solved the problem of trash in its waters...[read more]

The Importance of Commissioning and How It Helps

August 2, 2016 by GBIG Insight
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In the 2016 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency indicator survey, 72 percent of respondents have plans to increase investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. “Going Green” and “Environmentally Friendly” are no longer newsworthy, trending headlines. Now, there is a growing focus on how to achieve energy...[read more]

Pokémon Go Adds a New Layer to Public Spaces

July 21, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Is Pokémon Go — the explosively popular game app released worldwide this month — a way to get people off their sofas and into parks and other public spaces?[read more]

Toronto: A Tale Of Three Cities

In 1998, the cities of Etobicoke, York, East York, North York, Scarborough, and Toronto, making up Metropolitan Toronto, were amalgamated into the City of Toronto. In 2014, the Rotary Clubs in Scarborough (coalition of 5 different Rotary Clubs in Scarborough) saw that one of the former municipalities, Scarborough, had close to half of...[read more]

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Honey Bee extinction: What does that mean for us?

July 7, 2016 by Rose Rennar

When we are kids taught about the circle of life. We have an admiration and fascination for the beauty of the world around us. There is a tangible love and respect. Somewhere along the way that is lost. We all have forgotten how imperative each living thing is to the next. From the West African black rhinoceros that is now officially...[read more]

City planners, waste professionals breathe new life into fallen alleyways

July 7, 2016 by Waste Dive

Credit: Waterfront Partnerhip, Healthy Harbor InitiativeUrban alleys, once bursting with thick fruit trees and teams of kids kicking balls, are being choked out by rotting garbage, rats, and rusted barbed wire fringes.Some cities like Philadelphia, Seattle, Denver, and Baltimore are reclaiming these spaces, transforming...[read more]

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Cities vs Cities: who’s smarter?

June 22, 2016 by Vitor Pereira

Yes, cities are competing with each other. All of them look to attract the most remarkable, creative, intelligent, innovative personalities and citizens. At the same time, they're competing for tourists, companies, investments. It is a mindless competition, many times aggressive and senseless. Not even very smart. If, by 2050, 75% of the world's population is living in cities, we need to find out which cities are those going to be. Not all of them will have attractive capacities and will eventually lose population.[read more]

Lanes and Sharrows and Buffers…Oh My! Four Types of Bike Lanes Explained

June 6, 2016 by Jessica Soulliere

Chances are, you’ve noticed new street markings popping up on roads in and around your community: arrows with a bicyclist below, striped lanes with a bicyclist in the middle, or even plastic poles next to bike lanes. If you’re like most people, these markings raise more questions than they answer. Are they pointing me to where I can ride...[read more]

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Can Sustainability and Safety Keep Pace With Progress?

June 2, 2016 by Michael Guajardo

Texas has the nation’s fastest-growing population. Last year, 466 people moved to Texas every single day. Many of the move-ins are coming to Dallas, and the never-ending construction in our city reflects our efforts to accommodate this burgeoning population.[read more]