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The Unsustainable Truth about Land Reclamation: The Worsening Impacts of Manila Bay Reclamation

December 2, 2016 by Don Johnson Lontoc

What happens when an urban project fuels alarming socio-environmental consequences? Disaster. This is what Metro Manila, a coastal megacity, and its Bay Reclamation Plan are going through.[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]

Regulatory Drivers of Green Infrastructure

November 18, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Why do we have green infrastructure? Is it simply a better way to manage stormwater in our cities – or are do regulatory drivers relating to stormwater discharges encourage its use? What are the impacts of our federal regulatory structure on market demands?All of these questions are related.If you live in a medium-sized city or town, you...[read more]

Cities for Families: Local Government

November 14, 2016 by Jillian Glover

The City of North Vancouver Creates Strategy that puts Children and Families First[read more]

Urbanization in Nigeria: Planning for the Unplanned

November 11, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

The Oyo State government recently commissioned its first, city-wide masterplan to better enable Ibadan to respond to the needs of its citizens, and build long-term resilience to natural disasters.[read more]

AIA lobbies lawmakers to keep 2030 building energy-use goals intact

November 1, 2016 by Construction Dive

The American Institute of Architects made a written appeal to U.S. congressional leaders asking them to resist the fossil fuel industry's attempts to repeal Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act, according to the association.[read more]

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Low Impact Housing for Cities

October 21, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

Low Impact Development (LID) is commonly defined as: ‘Development which, by virtue of its low or benign environmental impact, may be allowed in locations where conventional development is not permitted’ (1).  More understandably, this means that LID housing is temporary in nature, made of natural / locally sourced materials, and is...[read more]

New “Safe Sleep Policy” Legalizes Homeless Camping in Portland, Oregon

October 14, 2016 by The Global Grid

Tents pitched along a Portland streetPortland’s homeless population has been on a steady increase the past several years, eventually forcing the city to declare a homeless emergency at the end of 2015. This gave the city power to waive land-use restrictions so they could convert existing buildings into emergency shelter space and start...[read more]

Seattle becomes first US city to ban green, brown plastic produce bags

October 10, 2016 by Waste Dive

The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved a plan to ban green and brown plastic produce bags to eliminate composting confusion.[read more]

A Memorial to a Sad Future

September 23, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Climate Chronograph / Erik Jensen and Rebecca SunterThe winner of the Memorials for the Future competition, which was sponsored by the National Park Service, Van Alen Institute, and others, offers a depressing vision: a monument to our collective failure to stave off climate change. Climate Chronograph by Erik Jensen, Assoc. ASLA, and...[read more]

How Big Business Can Fix a Problem of its Own Making

September 22, 2016 by Yaniv Vardi
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Our environment today exists under immense strain. It’s no secret that humanity’s current rates of consumption are unsustainable—especially in the developed world. The problem is a mix of over-demand, incredible waste, lack of regulatory oversight and poor material management. Broadly speaking, those factors share one common denominator...[read more]

What Obama, the Real Estate Sector, and 130 Investors Have in Common

September 8, 2016 by GBIG Insight
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Legally-binding emissions reduction commitments from the world’s two largest economies – together representing 38% of global emissions – will have major implications for public policy to reduce carbon emissions from energy generation, automobiles, manufacturing and the real estate sector.[read more]