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Tree Management Plans are Essential for Sustainable Cities

May 27, 2016 by Sarah Smith

For the greener cities of the future, a tree management plan for the urban environment becomes a practical discipline that includes tree planting, selection, protection and care. The overall management of trees could be seen as a more collective resource. Let's take San Francisco, for example. They have more than 105,000 trees growing...[read more]

Review: NACTO’s Transit Street Design Guide

May 26, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Transit Street Design Guide / Island PressThe new Transit Street Design Guide, the third in a series by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), is a must-have reference manual for city planners, transportation planners, engineers, urban designers, and landscape architects involved in the design of streets....[read more]

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Is Offshore Wind Power a Solution to the Fossil Fuel Crisis?

May 23, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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Our world has depended heavily on fossil fuels since the development of the automobile. Unfortunately, we are discovering more and more that they pose serious dangers to our environment. Fossil fuels are also a nonrenewable resource, so global leaders are looking for alternative energy sources. Offshore wind power is a new concept that...[read more]

Standard of Sustainable Building Materials and Inspection

May 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith

 Green building encompasses all that facilitate skillfulness in avoiding energy wastage, the utilization of sustainable construction materials, and processes that promote not only human, but also those that promote environmental health. There are profound effects that revolve around green building, effects that are either positive...[read more]

What Can We Learn from Thailand’s Inclusive Approach to Upgrading Informal Settlements?

Currently, an estimated one billion people worldwide live in informal settlements where they lack access to basic services and infrastructure and are often threatened with forced eviction. While the overall proportion of the world’s urban population living in informal settlements has decreased in recent years, the absolute number is...[read more]

A New Coalition Will Prove Sustainable Cities Are Better for Growth, Better for Climate

Cities are all about efficiency. It’s why they exist: to allow easy access to jobs, goods, services and ideas. However, in many countries, new and expanding cities are sprawling, car-dependent and uncoordinated – a set-up that’s not only inefficient, but carbon-intensive.Thankfully, a new vision for sustainable urban growth is spreading...[read more]

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Australian Government Introduces New Smart Cities Plan

May 4, 2016 by Anna Johansson

Nations and major cities all over the world have been pushing toward smart city innovations. They’re racing to lead the pack in the future of urban society. Canada, the United States, and Britain are currently vying for the top spots in the market, and Australia is now joining the pack with a new Smart Cities Plan that’ll alter their stake in the smart city game.[read more]

Designing New Water-Smart Parks: Two Stories From California

April 27, 2016 by City Parks Blog

The following is an excerpt from City Parks, Clean Water, a report by the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence that examines the role of urban parks in managing stormwater. This is the eighth installment in a series of 20 posts.When it comes to green infrastructure, the easiest parks to work with are new ones —...[read more]

Vertical City Concept : How to Live a Sustainable Life

April 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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You might be wondering how to live a sustainable life. People are starting to look to the vertical city concept as a solution to this growing and unavoidable problem.[read more]

Urban Growth and Sustainable Cities

April 11, 2016 by Dean Saitta

Guest Post by Ray McNealRay McNeal spent the majority of his career in the real estate industry. Throughout his career, he became fascinated with the concept of sustainable development. He is currently a blogger whose focus is the benefits of sustainable development in today’s cities. U.S. cities are currently undergoing...[read more]

Want Pollinators? Plant Trees

March 29, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Thanks to widespread efforts to raise awareness of the large declines in bee and Monarch butterfly populations, most people are aware of the need to protect pollinators.  Monarch butterfly populations have declined 90% in the last 20 years. Bees and other pollinators are in trouble too. Primary causes of the drastic declines in...[read more]

Prerequisites for a successful pedestrian-only street

March 28, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

A few of us had a really great discussion on Twitter recently about pedestrian-only streets. It was kicked-off by a tweet about Spark Street Mall in Ottawa, which many argue needs a rethink.One of the comments was that a lot of people tend to overvalue their worth. And I will admit that I am probably one of those people. If you’ve ever...[read more]