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How Vision Zero Is Changing the Way We Feel About Traffic Deaths

October 9, 2015 by Joseph Kopser

The Vision Zero Initiative is a global campaign dedicated to bringing down the human death toll of traffic accidents to zero. This initiative will improve traffic at a microlevel and society at a macrolevel.[read more]


Siemens Launches City Performance Tool in the U.S. to Aid Sustainability Efforts

October 5, 2015 by Mary Ellen Egan

Siemens leads on climate change by committing to make its global operations carbon neutral by 2030.[read more]


Let's Use Solar Energy to Power Air-Conditioning, Save Billions and Cut Emissions

September 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

Let solar power cool you off – no sweat!

According to the NREL, "air conditioning currently consumes about 15% of the electricity generated in the United States. It is also a major contributor to peak electrical demand on hot summer days, which can lead to escalating power costs, brownouts, and rolling blackouts".[read more]


Cloud Computing: Understanding the Environmental Benefits of Modern Technology

September 28, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Environmental sustainability is an essential aspect that many businesses are taking advantage of. As the world becomes more conscious of their contribution to the demise of natural resources, many have begun to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint by going green[read more]


Growing Your Garden and Other Great Ways to Go Green

September 23, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Do you know why the veggies you get from the farmers’ market taste so much better than the veggies you buy at the store? Because more often than not, the veggies you get at the farmer’s market are much fresher than the veggies you purchase at the grocery store.[read more]


How Smart Growth Puts California on the Path to 2030 Climate Success

September 9, 2015 by Christopher Busch

California Climate Change Action

California wants to reduce emissions 40% by 2030. Smart growth policies would help the state achieve this target,save the government billions on infrastructure and health costs, and save residents thousands annually in transportation costs, all while empowering economic growth and housing equality.[read more]


Bottled Water Costs Consumers and the Environment [Infographic]

September 1, 2015 by Patrick Gerald

We’ve all heard that plastic water bottles are bad for the environment. Yet year after year, people continue consuming a whopping 50 billion bottles worldwide. And that number, and the industry, keeps growing. What gives? As it turns out, there are many inaccurate notions about plastic water bottles and water bottle companies that work against making progress in this area.[read more]


Soil Requirements for Healthy Street Trees

August 6, 2015 by Shane Carpani

A definition of "soil quality" that explains the soil requirements of healthy urban trees.[read more]


How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

July 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

Towards the green city [This is Singapore]

This is my last post for the time being on Sustainable Cities Collective and I want to take the opportunity to explain how I have come to understand the great value that it has. What will life be like for urban citizens in the future? The answer may depend upon whether you or your descendants will be living in a city which has implemented many of the ideas already covered on this website.[read more]


Cities are Built of Steel and Cement. How Can We Make These More Sustainable?

July 28, 2015 by David Thorpe

Build more with less

Everybody knows that we use raw materials inefficiently but there are great knowledge gaps in what to do about it. The authors of Sustainable Materials Without the Hot Air want to fix this by looking in detail at the production of materials to figure out the most effective way to reduce their environmental impact.[read more]


New report: Coastal Cities Will Drown In Around 50 Years

July 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

New York City could look like this

Sea levels are projected to rise faster than previously thought – as much as 10 feet within the next 50 years – precipitating an undeniable and irreversible effect on coastal cities like New York and Miami, according to a new study by 17 of the world’s top climate change experts.[read more]


Why Cities Need Youth Innovation for a Low Carbon Future

July 24, 2015 by Ivan Bruce

Young winners, designers of a walking app

More than ever, we need young people involved in creating sustainable cities. This can be achieved by establishing and strengthening networks that provide opportunities for young aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators to get involved and learn from like-minded groups of individuals on a global scale.[read more]


Will Autonomous Vehicles and Integrated Transport Planning Bring Extra Costs or Reduce Costs for Cities?

July 23, 2015 by David Thorpe

The connected vehicle

Self-driving vehicles are touted as a big part of the landscape of future cities, enabling people to pursue other tasks while being driven, let cars drive more efficiently, and drastically reducing the number of road casualties. But what will be the ultimate cost-benefit balance for cities? Will it be worth their while to facilitate them?[read more]


City Leaders: $164m Up For Grabs in the 3rd 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

July 22, 2015 by David Thorpe

Cities are woefully unprepared for the future

Cities around the world are now able to apply for a slice of $164 million from The Rockefeller Foundation in its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. The opening of the third and final round of this challenge was announced yesterday at the “Cities for Tomorrow” conference.[read more]


Will the Sharing Economy Replace Capitalism?

July 21, 2015 by David Thorpe

Paul Mason, utopian author

A new book, Postcapitalism by Paul Mason, argues that the sharing economy will replace capitalism. But is this true?[read more]


Will Autonomous Vehicles and Intelligent Transport Systems Cost or Benefit Cities?

July 13, 2015 by David Thorpe

The connected vehicle

Self-driving vehicles are touted as a big part of the landscape of future cities, enabling people to pursue other tasks while being driven, let cars drive more efficiently, and drastically reducing the number of road casualties. But what will be the ultimate cost-benefit balance for cities? Will it be worth their while to facilitate them?[read more]


What’s The Best Way To Insulate A Building?

July 8, 2015 by David Thorpe

A Structural Insulation Panel

What are the most climate-friendly and economic ways to keep the warmth in or the heat/cold out of a building, in order to save energy and maximize the comfort of occupants? This article will help you choose the best insulation material by comparing materials on thermal ability, cost, eco-friendliness and breathability.[read more]


What Should Be Our Correct Reaction To The Greek Tragedy?

July 6, 2015 by David Thorpe

It's not just the IMF that are to blame

What should be our correct reaction to the Greek tragedy? How on earth did they get into this mess in the first place? Why did nobody see this coming? Greece was living beyond its means. It was profligate and didn't save for the future. And we aren't like that, are we?[read more]


Using Waste Heat From a Refuse Incinerator to Grow 5,000 Tons of Tomatoes

Bessières Mayor Jean-Luc Raysseguier at the site

A small town in France, Bessières, is implementing a widely replicable project: using waste heat from the incineration of unrecyclable municipal waste in a cogeneration plant to heat nearby greenhouses that will produce 5,000 tons of tomatoes a year, as well as saving greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]


How To Reduce the Carbon Emissions Impact of Travel [Infographic]

July 3, 2015 by David Thorpe

What might be the best and least best tactics for reducing the environmental impact of your travel? Here they are, from best to worst. Walking and cycling are best and flying worst. But what about in between?[read more]