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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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


Cutting Global Pollution One Lawn At a Time

September 8, 2016 by Rose Rennar

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]


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]


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]


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]


Sustainable Waterfront Recreation: Ideas For Cities

July 22, 2016 by Anna Johansson

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]


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]


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]


Honey Bee extinction: What does that mean for us?

July 7, 2016 by Rose Rennar

When we are kids taught about the circle of life. We have an admiration and fascination for the beauty of the world around us. There is a tangible love and respect. Somewhere along the way that is lost. We all have forgotten how imperative each living thing is to the next. From the West African black rhinoceros that is now officially...[read more]


Renewable Energies that Will Revolutionize Sustainable Cities of the Future

July 6, 2016 by Frederic Lee

Carbon emissions have a severe, negative impact on the ecosystems our planet depends on. Everyone knows that carbon levels are higher than they were in the past, but the numbers are shocking: the EPA reports that since 1972, CO2 emissions have increased by 90% globally. NASA warns that this is nowhere near the end of this upward trend if...[read more]


Renewable Energy: The Battle For A Simpler Life

July 5, 2016 by Rose Rennar

Many people never see a farm up close. They never see a pasture of cows or a coop of laying hens. They are so removed from where their food comes from that the realization that modern technology plays an always evolving place in farm life might come as a surprise. Modern technology has created not only a place of progression but now a...[read more]


Cities vs Cities: who’s smarter?

June 22, 2016 by Vitor Pereira

Yes, cities are competing with each other. All of them look to attract the most remarkable, creative, intelligent, innovative personalities and citizens. At the same time, they're competing for tourists, companies, investments. It is a mindless competition, many times aggressive and senseless. Not even very smart. If, by 2050, 75% of the world's population is living in cities, we need to find out which cities are those going to be. Not all of them will have attractive capacities and will eventually lose population.[read more]


Main Street project aims to give central Tallinn back to the people

June 21, 2016 by Helen Saarniit

After decades of car-centred urban planning in the centre of Tallinn, the city has decided to give the centre back to its people and enliven urban culture by creating a 21st century Main Street: a shared urban space that is safe for pedestrians and cyclists, with more public transport and fewer cars.The design competition, organized by...[read more]