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Austin’s New Bike-Share System Solves An Old Dilemma

March 27, 2017 by Anum Yoon

This is a major step forward in offering more public transportation systems that make sense to the consumer, while reducing congestion on the roads and improving the environment.[read more]

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Understanding Recyclable and Renewable Materials for Sustainable Living

March 15, 2017 by Philip Piletic

Sustainability is a necessity in the 21st century. Both recyclable and renewable resources will aid in making the planet safer, greener, and better for future generations. Recycling is the practice of transforming waste products into new supplies and products. Renewable resources are resources that have the capability to be naturally and organically replaced in a set time period. With the impending threat of climate change, understanding the difference and spreading awareness about both recyclable and renewable materials for sustainability is essential.[read more]

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Green Building: How Heavy Construction Can Be Eco-Conscious

March 6, 2017 by Brooke Chaplan

Since recycling can save businesses money, other environmentally friendly construction practices are becoming increasingly popular across the globe.[read more]

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Eco-Internet: 5 Ways Energy Efficiency Can Be Promoted Online

February 23, 2017 by Dixie Somers

In this day and age, most people understand the importance of being eco-friendly. However, they may not realize how many different options are at their disposal.[read more]

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Is the Rapid Rate of Southeast Asia's Urbanization Sustainable?

February 16, 2017 by Anum Yoon
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Urbanization has been a trend for a while in Europe and North America, but the shift is just beginning to take place in Asia and Africa. 90 percent of the increase in urban populations through 2050 is expected to come from those two continents.[read more]

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It’s Never Too Late: 3 Ways to Improve Post-Construction Sustainability

February 1, 2017 by Gary Seider

Sustainability isn’t a new concept, but it is a new priority.In the past, builders rarely thought about a structure’s long-term use during the construction phase. If the end result looked great and functioned efficiently, its sustainability decades down the road wasn’t of any concern.Now, the opposite is true. When materials are sourced...[read more]

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Trento, Italy: a Renaissance city imagines its future

January 27, 2017 by IEEE Standards Association

A global trend towards urbanization is placing increased emphasis on making the world’s cities more livable. Diverse efforts are underway to accomplish this goal, including the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. This article is a summary of the smart city developments in the city of Trento, Italy.[read more]

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Expansion of Green Buildings in Small Business Sector

January 24, 2017 by Philip Piletic

Green construction is one of the best ways to invest in the future of both your small business and your local community, which also benefits the global community. Environmentally conscious building offers benefits for every important aspect of life. There is nothing more important than the physical health of yourself and your employees....[read more]

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6 Ways Green Plastics Will Benefit the Environment

January 6, 2017 by Ross Kelly

An insight on the benefits that bio plastics will bring to the environment.[read more]

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You Can Now Ride a Bike from Kansas City to St. Louis on Nation’s New Longest “Rail-Trail”

December 12, 2016 by Braden Anderson

After a 47-mile extension, the Katy Trail forges forward with goal of providing a total off-road bike connection between St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri.[read more]

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A Common-Sense Solution to Hurricane Devastation

December 9, 2016 by Gary Seider

In what’s already been a dangerous tropical storm season, Hurricane Matthew’s recent ravaging of the southeast is putting 2016’s run of dangerous weather into rarified air. When it’s all said and done, CoreLogic believes Matthew’s path of property destruction will cost $4 million to $6 million. The disaster caps off a season that occurred five months ahead of schedule when, in January, Hurricane Alex descended upon the northeast. Tropical Storm Bonnie followed in mid-May, making this the second time in four years that two storms formed before the official start of hurricane season in June. With the threat of Atlantic hurricanes seemingly on the rise, it’s worth having a conversation about what can be done to mitigate the devastation.[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]

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No-Mow Transformations

November 23, 2016 by Matt Scandale

Cities are boldly transforming their landscapes on tiny budgets with the No-Now approach.[read more]

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Great Green Landscaping Practices to Promote Sustainability

November 21, 2016 by Megan Nichols

Green landscaping isn’t just about choosing the plants, flowers, and shrubbery that are the most aesthetically pleasing. This type of gardening methodology looks at the synergistic relationship of choosing the right plants, your water use and the reduction of resources needed to maintain your lawn. In essence, you are a creating your own ecosystem that is rich in the biodiversity of your location.[read more]

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Moving stuff efficiently through our cities

November 17, 2016 by Karin Kloosterman

The moment comes when you are standing in gridlock traffic in the middle of your city. You realize: I am the traffic and the traffic is me. Looking around, however, it's not just people moving around people. It's people moving all of our stuff. UPS, Purolator, bike couriers, trucks vans and delivery merchants of all shapes and sizes. Big...[read more]

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How a bit of kindness can help the homeless and the environment in Hong Kong

November 7, 2016 by William Ng

How a group of volunteers led by Jeff Rotmeyer of Impact HK are helping the homeless in Hong Kong.[read more]

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How Can Your City Become More Eco-friendly?

October 25, 2016 by Ryan Kh

As individuals, we need to do our part to conserve energy and be eco-friendly. We can do that in our own homes in quite a few different ways. We can start with our energy providers. For example, it is easy to get Direct Energy rates, especially for Texas residents. Once you have access to those plans and rates, it is a simple thing to...[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]

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Is Solar Power the Future for Smart Cities?

October 4, 2016 by Brooke Nally

It may have started with smart cars and smart homes, but as technology advances, the “smart” trend is taking over entire cities. Across the country and the world, cities of all sizes are transforming their infrastructure, systems, and operations to capitalize on new technologies and integrate connected solutions into the very fabric of...[read more]

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Time To Take The ‘Urban’ Out of Urban Design?

October 3, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

For a while now I’ve had an issue with both the term and the definition of ‘urban design’.  What exactly is it?  Compare it to architecture or planning, which are professions that are easy to define and identify, even to a child’s mind.  At its most simple level, architects design buildings, while planners design cities....[read more]