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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]

One World Trade Center is the tallest LEED building in the Western Hemisphere

October 6, 2016 by Construction Dive

This post originally appeared on our sister publication, Construction Dive. Our mission is to provide busy professionals like you with a bird's-eye-view of the construction industry in 60 seconds. To subscribe to our daily newsletter click here.Dive Brief:The 104-story, 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center tower has been awarded LEED...[read more]

Malibu, California Bans Harmful Pesticides After City Council Finds Catastrophic Impact on Wildlife

October 6, 2016 by The Global Grid

While pesticides are known for effectively and quickly removing unwanted pests, they can also contain substances that are harmful to both wildlife and the environment. Sparked by the death of a young mountain lion in Los Angeles due to ingesting rat poison, people began to advocate against the use of pesticides. After great debate and...[read more]

Some DC trash bins will soon get smarter with Enevo sensors

October 6, 2016 by Waste Dive

This post originally appears on our sister publication, Waste Dive. Our mission is to provide busy professionals like you with a bird's-eye-view of the waste industry in 60 seconds. To subscribe to our daily newsletter click here. Dive Brief: The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) is planning to install Enevo...[read more]

Nice Ride Minnesota Creating Green Transportation across the Metro and Promoting Health and Wellness

October 6, 2016 by The Global Grid

The popularity of bike sharing programs is consistently increasing; as it promotes green transportation by reducing the use of motor vehicles in the city, benefits human wellness, and it’s a convenient alternative to cars. The Twin Cities is not trailing behind in the worldwide trend. In 2010, the Nice Ride Minnesota initiative started...[read more]

A New Method to Rehabilitate Damaged Soils

October 6, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Susan Day and her team at Virginia Tech published a paper earlier this year about a soil rehabilitation technique called Soil Profile Rebuilding, or SPR. They were looking for a way to rehabilitate soils damaged by land development in a way that would restore their biological function and be more supportive of plant growth.[read more]

Making Streets More Friendly in St. Paul, MN

October 5, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

Victorian Bridge Haitian dance performance by Afoutayi Music & Dance Company Photo by Jon PavlicaLaughter, lively music, and delicious food from around the world fill St. Anthony Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota as a crowd whoops it up at the Better Bridges Bash.Even chilly temperatures and gusty winds can’t dampen folks’ enthusiasm—nor...[read more]

Report: Hydropower reservoirs contributing to carbon emissions

October 5, 2016 by Utility Dive

A new study from Washington State University-Vancouver (WSU) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows hydro reservoirs are responsible for 1.3% of manmade greenhouse gas emissions, about 25% higher than previously thought, Climate Central reports.[read more]

On Urban Diaries: a 'Seeing the Better City' Prequel

October 5, 2016 by Chuck Wolfe

Andy Boenau (@boenau) is a Richmond, Virginia planner who manages a go-to podcast about human-scale urban solutions.  His "on-air" questions are always designed to invoke practical hints and examples for listeners, and I track his topics and guests on a regular basis.  This week, I was both flattered and pleased to be featured...[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]

Concrete conundrum: Understanding the building material's environmental impact

October 4, 2016 by Construction Dive

Concrete has always been in indicator of "civilization." Since its invention in the 19th century, humans have used concrete not only to tame nature but, in many cases, to pave right over it. As a result, the hard-wearing material can be found nearly everywhere there are people.[read more]

Collaboration Is King; Placemaking

October 3, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

A rendering of the proposed Hudson Yards gardens by Nelson Byrd Woltz, with Thomas Heatherwick’s sculptural tower / Hudson YardsIf one were to pen a history of landscape architecture, who would emerge as the central hero? Or would it be a person at all? Thomas Woltz, FASLA, principal at Nelson Byrd Woltz, proposed collaboration as...[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]

Green Buildings Critical to 1.5-Degree Future

September 30, 2016 by GBIG Insight

Optimism for climate action ruled at two recent events – the American Climate Leadership Summit and Climate Week in NYC. These notable gatherings reflect the increased momentum supporting the successful implementation of the landmark Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. In honor of World Green...[read more]

Leave no Trace Camping; Green Camping Tips

September 29, 2016 by Sarah Smith

Leave No Trace principals, sometimes shortened to LNT, is a must whether you are car camping or heading far into the backcountry.[read more]

ASLA Survey: Landscape Architecture Student Body Shifts

September 29, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

ASLA 2016 Student Collaboration Honor Award. Bridging Disciplines/Cultivating Health: Using a collaborative international community design/build model to facilitate mental health treatment. University of Washington students / Daniel Winterbottom, FASLAASLA recently released its annual graduating student survey, which was completed by...[read more]

Learning From a One-Stop, Urban Epic–and Why

September 28, 2016 by Chuck Wolfe

Spoiler alert: I love epic stories with universal meaning for varied audiences around the world. In sum, that is why I think Jonathan F.P. Rose‘s new book will become a must-read classic. And, if 400-pagers are not your style, it’s at worst a well-written, must-browse wonder, with relevant lessons for us all.Rose is a real estate...[read more]

Making Green Stick; Influencing Decision Makers toward LID Solutions

September 27, 2016 by Leda Marritz

One of the things innovative engineers do extraordinarily well is to think about solutions in different ways.  Leading-edge thinkers, engineers included, consider strategic influence – as opposed to fixed function thinking – when they think about how to solve a problem or overcome an obstacle. They disentangle themselves from the...[read more]

Orlando, FL, approves $1B mixed-use 'agrihood'

September 27, 2016 by Construction Dive

In a 4-2 vote last week, Orange County, FL, commissioners approved development and rezoning plans for The Grow, a $1-billion, mixed-use "agrihood" in Orlando, FL[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]