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Advances in Bike Sharing Access in Chicago, Illinois

October 17, 2016 by The Global Grid

A Divvy station at 55th St. and Woodlawn Ave. on the South Side of ChicagoSince over 600 cities worldwide have their own bike share programs, one would hope that Chicago, ranked the sixth most bike-friendly city in the United States, would have a strong program. Chicago’s Divvy Bikes, introduced in 2013, have seen a great expansion in...[read more]

Can trash cans that look like giant coffee cups boost recycling?

October 17, 2016 by Waste Dive

UK nonprofit Hubbub, known for its creative waste strategies, is launching a social experiment campaign called #1MoreShot in the city of Manchester with the goal of collecting 20,000 coffee cups for recycling over the next three months[read more]

New “Safe Sleep Policy” Legalizes Homeless Camping in Portland, Oregon

October 14, 2016 by The Global Grid

Tents pitched along a Portland streetPortland’s homeless population has been on a steady increase the past several years, eventually forcing the city to declare a homeless emergency at the end of 2015. This gave the city power to waive land-use restrictions so they could convert existing buildings into emergency shelter space and start...[read more]

Minnesota real estate developer tackles 'beyond ambitious' energy retrofit

October 14, 2016 by Utility Dive

Madison Equities' comprehensive energy retrofit of three buildings in downtown St. Paul, Minn., will save enough energy to power a small town, according to Minnesota Public Radio.[read more]

People generate more waste if they can recycle

October 13, 2016 by Waste Dive

A new study published in the Journal of Marketing Research from two Boston University academics finds that decisions around recycling may be more personal than previously realized, as explained in Harvard Business Review.[read more]

Bjarke Ingels Wants Cities to Embrace Resilience

October 13, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

“The Big U is the love child of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs,” said Bjarke Ingels, founder of the multidisciplinary design firm BIG, to huge laughs at GreenBuild‘s finale in Los Angeles.[read more]

Applying SITES v2 to the Landscape

October 12, 2016 by Leda Marritz

SITES is an ecosystem services framework for built landscapes. A decision-making hierarchy of conservation, restoration and generation underlies much of the SITES credits, emphasizing the need to conserve resources and protect healthy functioning systems, restore what has been degraded, and create a functioning ecosystem in order to generate new ecosystem services where none exist.[read more]

BREEAM USA CEO: New green standard harnesses the power of data for existing buildings

October 12, 2016 by Construction Dive

There's a new green building standard in town, and it has its sights set on more than just certification. BREEAM USA, a joint venture between the global BRE Group and consultant firm BuildingWise, launched this summer with the goal of gathering data on the 5.6 million existing buildings in the U.S. to share knowledge and improve efficiencies.[read more]

Construction Industry not on target to meet 2030 Initiative carbon goals

October 11, 2016 by Construction Dive

The American Institute of Architects announced Wednesday that the building industry has failed to keep pace with the plan's energy-intensity reduction goals.[read more]

Battle for Bus Lanes: Prioritizing Chicago’s Public Transit

October 11, 2016 by The Global Grid

The Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) most iconic feature may be its mostly-elevated rail line system, however, its bus system is more widespread and more utilized.[read more]

Seattle becomes first US city to ban green, brown plastic produce bags

October 10, 2016 by Waste Dive

The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved a plan to ban green and brown plastic produce bags to eliminate composting confusion.[read more]

Invested in Sustainability as a PM? You should be!

October 10, 2016 by Rich Maltzman

Many executives embrace the conventional wisdom that mainstream investors care little about an organization’s performance on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics. Few companies make it a priority to communicate their sustainability performance to investors, or even develop a robust story about their sustainability...[read more]