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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]

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5 Things That Differ Between Electric Providers

October 1, 2016 by Ryan Kh

This day and age everything is about options, even electricity service. Not long ago, electric service was largely dictated by cities. They would work out a deal with a specific provider or provide electricity themselves. This made things pretty simple since there was a single electricity source, but it also left people with few options....[read more]

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How Can Hong Kong Tackle Its Waste Problem?

September 26, 2016 by William Ng

On a sunny Saturday morning earlier this month, I went on the public tour of the EcoPark with 14 other people from the Green Sustainable Living Meetup group, to find out more about Hong Kong’s waste management and recycling industry.Fully operational in 2007, EcoPark is “Hong Kong's first recycling-business park”. Apart from providing 13...[read more]

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Smarter Streets Make Sustainable Cities

September 16, 2016 by Kurtis McBride

The path to becoming a “smart city” begins with smarter streets, which can help us use our existing transportation infrastructure more efficiently, get to work faster and decrease pollution.[read more]

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The Rise Of The Rooftop

September 14, 2016 by Tom Oliver Payne

When designed to maximise public benefit, and not just private gain, rooftop spaces can enhance a city’s natural environment, and improve public life. The rise of the rooftop has just begun, but with this trend we may about to see the transformation of cities across the globe.[read more]

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Factory as a Forest - What Hong Kong can learn from Interface

September 14, 2016 by William Ng

Blog post by William Ng on an event hosted by Interface Inc. Hong Kong on the 9th September 2016. Speaker Erin Meezan (VP Sustainability) discussed Interface's sustainability journey, from Mission Zero to Net-Works to Climate Take Back.[read more]

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Cutting Global Pollution One Lawn At a Time

September 8, 2016 by Rose Rennar
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Many people don’t realize that lawns are large contributors to pollution. Once we all take into account the mowers that are used to keep the grass at a certain length and the emissions that they release into the air, the gasoline that is spilled and the water waste, the numbers are almost unbelievable.[read more]

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Do you know the value of your city's sewage?

August 26, 2016 by Stockholm Environment Institute

Every day, cities generate huge amounts of sewage that, dumped into waterways with little or no treatment, causes pollution and threatens our health. But these waste streams are full of resources that could us meet our energy needs, grow more food, and create green jobs.[read more]

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3 Innovations to Reduce the Impact of e-Waste & Landfills

August 18, 2016 by Andrew Armstrong

As municipalities around the world struggle with waste management and an ever-growing amount of trash in landfills, new technology offers ways to biodegrade more products and to convert toxic methane gases into energy.[read more]

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Investing In Sustainability: How the Tech Industry Is Changing Our Cities

July 28, 2016 by Anna Johansson

When it comes to efforts at sustainability, cities may not be the first place that comes to mind. Major metropolitan areas often struggle with pollution and overcrowding; many suffer from poor air quality.[read more]

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Sustainable Waterfront Recreation: Ideas For Cities

July 22, 2016 by Anna Johansson
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For cities located along a major waterfront – whether that’s a lake, river, or ocean – figuring out how to best utilize that space without harming the environment can be a challenge. Many of the most popular activities, such as boating, can be highly polluting, and overdevelopment near the shore can cause problems with erosion, runoff, and contamination. Still, used correctly, waterfront property can be a key part of urban recreation space without contributing to these problems.[read more]