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Greener Workplaces and How It’s Possible To Achieve Them

January 22, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Making your office more environmentally friendly or "green" is about more than simply being politically correct or keeping up with the latest worldwide trends; it's about contributing to the sustainability of your local community and environment, running a business that is more cost effective, and creating an increased sense of community in the working environment.[read more]

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Kick Off Your City Garden With These Great Tips

January 20, 2016 by Ryan Kh

A city garden can be a wonderful thing and preparing for it now, will ensure that you have a greener, lusher space later in the year. Having a green space in your city home or in a built up area is good for you, for the environment and also the urban space as a whole.[read more]

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Your New Home: How to Ensure that the Property is Eco-Friendly

December 23, 2015 by Ryan Kh

If you are looking for a house, and you want to go green, there are a few key points to keep in mind. These are true whether you are building a home or if you want to purchase one that is on the market.[read more]

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How to Make Your Home and Garden More Eco-Friendly

December 18, 2015 by Ryan Kh

For many decades, humans acted in a way that went against all the laws of nature and we are now paying the price. We can all play our part in improving our surroundings. This starts with the way we act in our own homes. These are some ways you can make your home and garden more environmentally friendly.[read more]

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Screw Piles – A Green Alternative to Concrete Foundations

December 10, 2015 by Ryan Kh

The screw piles or pile foundation first came to prominence at the end of the 19th century and became one of the most well-known forms of foundation used throughout the world. It was simple, fast, effective and didn’t require the demands alternatives such as concrete does.[read more]

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Standards and the Smart City

December 1, 2015 by IEEE Standards Association

Undergirding all of the promising services that figure to play prominently in tomorrow’s more sustainable, “smart” cities—new economic and governance models, improvements in personal health and public safety, advanced capabilities for traffic, waste and water management, etc.—will be foundational information and communications technologies (ICT) and networking capabilities that are rapidly emerging around the world today. And undergirding augmented reality, cloud computing, e-health, the Internet of Things (IoT), smart grid and other innovative capabilities are foundational technology standards.[read more]

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The Race to Deliver All-Electric SUVs Comparable to Tesla's Model S

October 21, 2015 by Ryan Kh

Since its introduction, the Model S has remained in a class of its own. Its design is so advanced, no other automaker has been able to replicate it. For years, it has stood on its own as a shining example of what an electric model should be, and yet there’s not been a single electric offering comparable to it.[read more]

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Large Scale Energy Projects That Are Powering Cities

October 19, 2015 by Ryan Kh

As the population grows, energy is becoming a more pressing concern around the globe. Add to that all the electronic devices that power our workforce and homes, and the need for improved energy efficiency is all too clear.[read more]

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Wild Gift Climate Change Collective Fellowship: Using Wilderness as an Accelerator for Social Entrepreneurs

October 14, 2015 by Carrie Douglas

Are you 21-35? Do you have a WILD idea to change the world? Need some help translating your vision to reality? Wild Gift supports Better World Entrepreneurs through a 16-month Fellowship Program. Using wilderness immersion experiences as a springboard combined with mentoring, seed funding and a collaborative network of support, our unique Fellowship fosters grit, integrity and know-how critical to the long-term success of their groundbreaking ventures.[read more]

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How Vision Zero Is Changing the Way We Feel About Traffic Deaths

October 9, 2015 by Joseph Kopser

The Vision Zero Initiative is a global campaign dedicated to bringing down the human death toll of traffic accidents to zero. This initiative will improve traffic at a microlevel and society at a macrolevel.[read more]

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Siemens Launches City Performance Tool in the U.S. to Aid Sustainability Efforts

October 5, 2015 by Mary Ellen Egan

Siemens leads on climate change by committing to make its global operations carbon neutral by 2030.[read more]

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Let's Use Solar Energy to Power Air-Conditioning, Save Billions and Cut Emissions

September 29, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Let solar power cool you off – no sweat!

According to the NREL, "air conditioning currently consumes about 15% of the electricity generated in the United States. It is also a major contributor to peak electrical demand on hot summer days, which can lead to escalating power costs, brownouts, and rolling blackouts".[read more]

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Cloud Computing: Understanding the Environmental Benefits of Modern Technology

September 28, 2015 by Ryan Kh

Environmental sustainability is an essential aspect that many businesses are taking advantage of. As the world becomes more conscious of their contribution to the demise of natural resources, many have begun to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint by going green[read more]

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Growing Your Garden and Other Great Ways to Go Green

September 23, 2015 by Ryan Kh
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Do you know why the veggies you get from the farmers’ market taste so much better than the veggies you buy at the store? Because more often than not, the veggies you get at the farmer’s market are much fresher than the veggies you purchase at the grocery store.[read more]

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How Smart Growth Puts California on the Path to 2030 Climate Success

September 9, 2015 by Christopher Busch

California Climate Change Action

California wants to reduce emissions 40% by 2030. Smart growth policies would help the state achieve this target,save the government billions on infrastructure and health costs, and save residents thousands annually in transportation costs, all while empowering economic growth and housing equality.[read more]

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Bottled Water Costs Consumers and the Environment [Infographic]

September 1, 2015 by Patrick Gerald

We’ve all heard that plastic water bottles are bad for the environment. Yet year after year, people continue consuming a whopping 50 billion bottles worldwide. And that number, and the industry, keeps growing. What gives? As it turns out, there are many inaccurate notions about plastic water bottles and water bottle companies that work against making progress in this area.[read more]

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Soil Requirements for Healthy Street Trees

August 6, 2015 by Shane Carpani

A definition of "soil quality" that explains the soil requirements of healthy urban trees.[read more]

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How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

July 29, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Towards the green city [This is Singapore]

This is my last post for the time being on Sustainable Cities Collective and I want to take the opportunity to explain how I have come to understand the great value that it has. What will life be like for urban citizens in the future? The answer may depend upon whether you or your descendants will be living in a city which has implemented many of the ideas already covered on this website.[read more]

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Cities are Built of Steel and Cement. How Can We Make These More Sustainable?

July 28, 2015 by David Thorpe

Build more with less

Everybody knows that we use raw materials inefficiently but there are great knowledge gaps in what to do about it. The authors of Sustainable Materials Without the Hot Air want to fix this by looking in detail at the production of materials to figure out the most effective way to reduce their environmental impact.[read more]

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New report: Coastal Cities Will Drown In Around 50 Years

July 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

New York City could look like this

Sea levels are projected to rise faster than previously thought – as much as 10 feet within the next 50 years – precipitating an undeniable and irreversible effect on coastal cities like New York and Miami, according to a new study by 17 of the world’s top climate change experts.[read more]