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A sense of the temporary

September 20, 2016 by Robert Kwolek

There is a troubling, permanent sense of the temporary in London, something you can feel in neighborhoods across the social strata, from Hackney to Kensington. This is unhealthy both for the city and its individuals because it prevents residents from putting down roots, and feeling at "home" in their city. Regular readers know...[read more]

Climate Change Readiness in Canadian Real Estate: A Snapshot

September 19, 2016 by GBIG Insight

At the 2015 Paris climate conference (COP 21), the Canadian government worked with international partners to negotiate an effective and ambitious global agreement on climate change to hold the increase in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The Paris Agreement signals the urgency of transitioning...[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]

Benches Can Pay Their Way

September 15, 2016 by City Parks Blog

This article has been adapted from the September 2016 issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine, the official publication of the National Recreation and Park Association. Through its pursuit of key issues, trends, and personalities, the magazine advances American parks, recreation, and conservation efforts. You can read the full-length...[read more]

Survey: Consumers may increase recycling if given more information about the process

September 15, 2016 by Waste Dive

A recent survey found that residents might increase their participation in local recycling programs if they know more about where the material is going and what it is being used to make.[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]

Trading in Energy: What the Stock Market Tells Us About Sustainable Development

September 13, 2016 by Anna Johansson

How can we predict the course of energy’s future, both for our planet’s sake and for our own potential investments, profits, and utility choices?[read more]

Why My Twitter Stream is Singing About Placemaking

September 13, 2016 by Chuck Wolfe

My Twitter stream is alive with the sound of placemaking.  While those are not the exact Sound of Music lyrics we remember, I am as guilty as anyone for hyping Placemaking Week in Vancouver, British Columbia (which begins September 12), using the increasingly popular twitter hashtag, #placemaking.Three...[read more]

Making Benches Work

September 12, 2016 by City Parks Blog

This article has been adapted from the September 2016 issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine, the official publication of the National Recreation and Park Association. Through its pursuit of key issues, trends, and personalities, the magazine advances American parks, recreation, and conservation efforts. You can read the full-length...[read more]

Observing the City: Exploring Dreams, Not Memes

September 9, 2016 by Chuck Wolfe

The participation of diverse voices in city decision-making processes is critical to successful urban change. By diverse, I mean not just professionals, politicians and pundits, but everyday people who live and work in city spaces. But before we can participate, we need to hone the power of personal observation.Like the Londoners...[read more]

What Obama, the Real Estate Sector, and 130 Investors Have in Common

September 8, 2016 by GBIG Insight
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Legally-binding emissions reduction commitments from the world’s two largest economies – together representing 38% of global emissions – will have major implications for public policy to reduce carbon emissions from energy generation, automobiles, manufacturing and the real estate sector.[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]

Mutual needs, mutual challenges: How corporate PPAs are remaking the renewables sector

September 7, 2016 by Utility Dive

Large companies want renewables and developers are eager to sell. The consequences for utilities could be immense[read more]

Green Infrastructure: City Climate Action Planning

September 7, 2016 by GBIG Insight

We are breaking world records this year. And I’m not just talking about the Olympics. We are on track for the hottest year on record. Already, 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have occurred during the young 21st century, and this year is adding yet another extreme to the list. This mounting challenge drove world leaders to come to a...[read more]

What Can I Do to Keep My Yard’s Rainwater Out of Streams?

September 6, 2016 by Leda Marritz

One of soil’s many important functions is to act like a sponge. As nature’s blanket, soil soaks up water that falls as rain or melts from snow and ice. Soil not only stores water, it also helps to filter out pollutants such as nutrients, bacteria, and sediments that may collect as water moves over the surface of the earth. Eventually,...[read more]

It’s time to put an end to bikeway “band-aids”

September 6, 2016 by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

We are finally moving in the right direction for bicycle urbanism in the United States. At last, more and more cities are realizing that what has been best practice in street design for years elsewhere, is the logical thing to do in this country as well. Separated lanes used to be seemingly out of reach – the long-term goal of the...[read more]

Hurricane watch: Developing a flood-resilient supply chain

September 2, 2016 by Supply Chain Dive

Torrential rains descended upon Baton Rouge last weekend, leaving hundreds of closed roads and damaged property behind as flooding beset the city."Four dead, 20,000 rescued from Louisiana flooding," declares USA TODAY. "Turn around … Don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles," says the National...[read more]

Tough love: China gets serious about water pollution

September 2, 2016 by Charles Arthur
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Water-quality test at the Shahu Water Supply Plant in Gao’an City, Jiangxi Province (photo: Asian Development Bank)China’s water pollution prevention and control action plan – the “Water Ten Plan” is finally here. Commentary across the board points to the fact that the Water Ten Plan is stricter than expected. The fact that tasks/actions...[read more]

Top 5 Posts on SustainableCities Collective [August]

September 1, 2016 by Patrick Sutton

SustainableCities Collective is about bringing together the brightest minds in Sustainability and Urban Planning. Our goal is to offer a platform to share ideas, experiences, and skills with a community that shares that passion. We receive dozens of contributions from the best in the industry every day. To make sure you didn't miss out,...[read more]

Urban National Parks: The 21st Century Face of the National Park System

September 1, 2016 by City Parks Blog

The following is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting urban units of the National Park System.Urban national parks are often the unsung heroes of America’s national park system. As Americans continue their migration to cities in pursuit of economic opportunity, our national parks are rising to meet their needs. These ever-...[read more]

Nielsen: Sustainability and company growth 'are not mutually exclusive'

September 1, 2016 by Waste Dive

Consumers are doing their homework on companies before they choose to do business with them," said Nielsen Project Development Director Erica Parker at the recent Global Sustainability Summit in New Orleans. Parker and colleague, Elizabeth Kiniorski, presented on the importance of sustainable goods in a session titled "The...[read more]

Apple's China suppliers join efforts to green supply chain

August 31, 2016 by Supply Chain Dive

Apple, through its clean energy programs, will join with Chinese suppliers to put in place more than 2 GW of new alternative energy in coming years, avoiding the release of more than 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country between now and 2020.[read more]

Health Equity and the Role for Community Development

August 31, 2016 by GBIG Insight

Equity is a hot topic these days as our nation struggles with what is fair and just, and for whom. In philanthropy, equity is high on the agenda among major players, for example, the Ford Foundation, Kresge, Kellogg, the California Endowment, and many others. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s new push for a Culture of Health places...[read more]

US needs White House Climate Change Council to protect lives and economy

August 30, 2016 by Warren Karlenzig

The new national Climate Change Council would coordinate and prioritize domestic protection as well as foreign humanitarian and national security-related planning for climate change resilience across cabinet-level federal agencies.[read more]

Tishman joins construction team for $500M VA 'smart city' project

August 29, 2016 by Construction Dive

Gramercy District will be the first smart city in Virginia and one of a handful in the U.S.[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]

Know Your Sawdust - It Can Do So Much

August 25, 2016 by Dan Richfield

One of our goals as an urban sawmill is to use as much of a tree as possible, so we are very happy when sawdust is put to good use.  We produce a lot of excess sawdust and almost always have it available to the public at no cost.  Here are some great ways to use it and some info to keep in mind for your...[read more]

Looking for Utopia

August 25, 2016 by Laura Tozer

Picture: Hans TakThis blog was originally posted on What's Next, a web magazine accompanying the International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam 2016.CAN WE GET BETTER AT FLEXING UTOPIAN THINKING AS WE TRY TO TELL STORIES ABOUT LOW CARBON FUTURES?We were looking for utopia. Our time in the IABR exhibit was almost up, but I had found my way...[read more]

How Can Louisiana Build Back Smarter?

August 24, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Louisiana flooding / Los Angeles TimesThe flooding that hit Louisiana last week affected hundreds of thousands of people over 1,000 square miles. The intense storm claimed 13 lives, and some 30,000 needed to be rescued. Over 60,000 homes have been destroyed, and 100,000 have registered for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)...[read more]