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Portland, Oregon is Recycling One of its Outdated Bridges

July 19, 2016 by The Global Grid

The enormous economic undertaking to fix crumbling infrastructure may block any nationwide initiative to repair our bridges, however it creates the opportunity for cities to think creatively and remedy the problem locally. As a sustainable trend setter, Portland, Oregon is tackling the issue head on through recycling nearly 100% of the construction material towards new uses after the deconstruction of the Sellwood Bridge.[read more]

Urban Planning "Games" A Novel Approach to an Old Problem

How do you liven up discussions around urban planning, get participants thinking outside of the box and get people to take a holistic and inclusive approach to community planning? Why not try a game?[read more]

Is Your Park System Fair?

July 18, 2016 by City Parks Blog

Probably not. Maybe in the historically ethnic sections of town too many parks have broken-down playgrounds or a few too many weeds. Maybe over the past couple of years, dollars have been flowing heavily to the same few parts of town. If so, your city wouldn’t be alone in this. Many places are trying to do better. In Minneapolis, this...[read more]

Improving Stormwater Control Measure Performance with Biochar

July 18, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Because of the tremendous potential for trees and biochar to provide stormwater benefits, we wanted to delve into the state of the science of using biochar to improve stormwater benefits of tree/soil SCMs (Stormwater Control Measures). Stormwater benefits in a nutshellYou may already know that supplemented with compost or...[read more]

How utilizing EPA's Decision Support Tool can greatly improve waste management systems

July 15, 2016 by Waste Dive

As waste reduction and diversion become increasingly high priorities across the country, figuring out how to change the status quo can be challenging. Well-intentioned ideas may have unintended consequences, different technologies can be hard to compare, and what works for one city may not work for another.The Environmental Protection...[read more]

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How Leading Businesses are Reducing Their Dependence on Paper

July 15, 2016 by Anna Johansson

When you look at the most pervasive problems in business, the topic of sustainability must be near the top of the list. While many businesses preach sustainability, very few are actually doing what it takes to reduce their impact in one key area: paper.[read more]

Highways Can Help Pollinators Return to Health

July 14, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Compost-spreading tactics to encourage native plants that both control erosion and attract pollinators / CaltransIn the face of rapidly-declining bee populations, farms across the country are under threat. In California, officials are now pioneering new methods to boost the health of the honeybees and butterflies, according to a recent...[read more]

This is What America’s Water Problem Really Looks Like

July 13, 2016 by Patrick Gerald

If you weren’t aware that your state was facing a potential water crisis, you’re not alone. The deteriorating water infrastructure and serious reduction of groundwater are not often in the news, but are creating a challenge that will soon create long-term problems for many in the country.[read more]

7 waste-conscious innovations disrupting the green packaging market

July 12, 2016 by Waste Dive

The green packaging market has seen rapid growth in recent years due to advances in technology, heightened interest in circular economy principles, and a cultural interest in more sustainable products. While questions still remain about the lifecycle of these innovations, many are easier to recycle and...[read more]

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Call for Contributors

July 11, 2016 by Patrick Sutton

Did you know that you can contribute to Sustainable Cities Collective? That’s right, SCC has an open call for contributors and is looking for new voices to join our community. What does it mean to be a contributor? A Sustainable Cities Collective contributor provides content to be published on the site. That can be original writing...[read more]

Public Space at the Crossroads of Everything

July 11, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

“The urban community has become lost in strategic planning, master-planning, zoning and landscaping… All these have their own purposes, of course—but they don’t address the principal question, which is the relationship in a city between public space and buildable space.” — Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-HabitatPublic space is...[read more]

Detroit Aims for Food Sovereignty

July 9, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA
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Plum street market garden / Jared GreenThere are 165 acres of urban gardens and farms under cultivation in Detroit, Michigan. In a tour, Ken Weikal, ASLA, co-founder of the non-profit GrowTown and the firm Ken Weikal Landscape Architecture, explained that everyone from Capuchin Monks to non-profit cooperatives, university labs to self-...[read more]