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Great Green Landscaping Practices to Promote Sustainability

November 21, 2016 by Megan Nichols

Green landscaping isn’t just about choosing the plants, flowers, and shrubbery that are the most aesthetically pleasing. This type of gardening methodology looks at the synergistic relationship of choosing the right plants, your water use and the reduction of resources needed to maintain your lawn. In essence, you are a creating your own ecosystem that is rich in the biodiversity of your location.[read more]

Regulatory Drivers of Green Infrastructure

November 18, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Why do we have green infrastructure? Is it simply a better way to manage stormwater in our cities – or are do regulatory drivers relating to stormwater discharges encourage its use? What are the impacts of our federal regulatory structure on market demands?All of these questions are related.If you live in a medium-sized city or town, you...[read more]

Chicago’s Farr Associates Continues to Define Sustainable Urbanism

November 18, 2016 by The Global Grid

There is a growing movement for architecture firms to consider how building usage, both inside and out, can promote sustainability.[read more]

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Moving stuff efficiently through our cities

November 17, 2016 by Karin Kloosterman

The moment comes when you are standing in gridlock traffic in the middle of your city. You realize: I am the traffic and the traffic is me. Looking around, however, it's not just people moving around people. It's people moving all of our stuff. UPS, Purolator, bike couriers, trucks vans and delivery merchants of all shapes and sizes. Big...[read more]

A Response to Arguments Against Spending Money on Cycling Infrastructure

November 17, 2016 by Roy Symons

 The City of Edmonton recently approved bike lanes in the downtown, quickly following the lead set by the City of Calgary. My images from a walk around Calgary's downtown and recently implemented bike lane network can be found in my previous blog post here. Both cities should be congratulated on their progressive and rapid...[read more]

Comstock, Stratford Capital Group plan transit-oriented housing near DC

November 17, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:Comstock Homes of Washington is teaming up with real estate investment company Stratford Capital Group on a transit-oriented, multifamily project located near a key Maryland suburban station in Washington, DC's Metro rail system.The proposed four-story building will contain 110 workforce-housing units atop two levels of...[read more]

The Neighborhood Park: An Underused Oasis

November 16, 2016 by City Parks Blog

In theory, a neighborhood park serves everyone, but the mere presence of a park does not guarantee people will use it. There’s a gender gap and an age gap when it comes to park use, according to a national survey conducted of more than 170 neighborhood parks in 25 U.S. cities, stretching from coast to coast.The RAND Corporation study...[read more]

Unpaving Paradise: “Residual Spaces” and “Hellstrips”

November 15, 2016 by Leda Marritz

The will of plants to live in tough urban spaces – and of people to tend them – defies all odds. The space between the curb and the sidewalk is one of the toughest.[read more]

Portland, OR voters green light $258M affordable housing measure

November 15, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:Facing a shortage of more than 23,000 affordable housing units, voters in Portland, OR, have approved a $258.4 million bond (Measure 26-179) that will fund construction of 1,300 such units, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. To help pay for the measure, property taxes will also increase 42 cents per $1,000 of assessed...[read more]

Breakout Reports from Placemaking Week

November 14, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

At the Placemaking Leadership Forum this fall, more than 450 dedicated public space practitioners, and policymakers came together to chart the future of the placemaking movement. The second day of the event was structured around ten major issues that converge in public space, which we at PPS refer to as “transformative agendas...[read more]

Cities for Families: Local Government

November 14, 2016 by Jillian Glover

The City of North Vancouver Creates Strategy that puts Children and Families First[read more]

Urbanization in Nigeria: Planning for the Unplanned

November 11, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

The Oyo State government recently commissioned its first, city-wide masterplan to better enable Ibadan to respond to the needs of its citizens, and build long-term resilience to natural disasters.[read more]

5 Major Retailers Utilizing Solar Power in the U.S. Right Now

November 11, 2016 by Brooke Nally

Corporations have long been some of the biggest proponents of solar power, and they continue to help fuel its success. That’s because solar can give companies in every industry a competitive advantage by minimizing their environmental impact and reducing their energy costs. From discount department stores to grocers, here’s a look at how a few companies you know are leveraging the power of the sun.[read more]

Tesla announces plans to build second gigafactory in Europe

November 11, 2016 by Construction Dive

Tesla has announced plans to build a second gigafactory in Europe that will manufacture both electric vehicles and batteries.[read more]

Building Community Resilience from the Ground Up

November 10, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Larimer vision / Larimer ConsenusTo boost resilience in vulnerable, under-served communities, we need to “build their adaptive capacity, their ability to work together. We need to focus on the ‘software’ of those communities,” argued architect Christine Mondor in a session at the 2016 GreenBuild in Los Angeles. Communities hard hit by...[read more]

Finding our way together in an unpredictable future

November 10, 2016 by Joe Nickol

This week’s United States elections ushered in a new level of unpredictability and another reminder of the widespread structural changes to business as usual that are underway. But a countervailing force also seems to be gaining momentum. Perhaps fittingly, we also saw this past week the third installment in as many months a small town’s determination to determine its own fate to attract investment and create hope that cuts through divisiveness and might be shared by all. Here, we see great cause for optimism in our neighborhoods, towns and cities in the years ahead.[read more]

New Tech Campuses Blur Line Between Work and Home

November 9, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

The Domain / Lauren Cecchi New York“Top tech companies now expect their campuses to do the heavy lifting in retaining talent,” argued Aaron Ross with BNIM in a session at the ASLA 2016 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Along with Ross, Stephen Spears, FASLA, Design Workshop, and Rene Bihan, FASLA, SWA Group, showed how leading tech...[read more]

Northeast recyclers: Organics collection is not recycling — and it is not free

November 8, 2016 by Waste Dive

As organic waste reduction becomes a national priority, the industry has been learning how to best engage residents and businesses in collection programs. While local infrastructure factors differ, participants from multiple New England states at the Northeast Recycling Council's fall conference on Nov. 2 all agreed that curbside recycling should not be a model for these new programs.[read more]

5 Essential Factors for Creating a Framework for Municipal Resiliency

November 8, 2016 by Cathy Rust

What are the main factors to consider in making municipalities resilient to change of any type, be it climatic or economic? This article looks at how they are identified and how they can be addressed.[read more]

Dept. of Transportation unveils national electric vehicle charging network

November 7, 2016 by Utility Dive

Moving to support the electrification of the transportation sector and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the federal government this week announced 55 routes that will serve as the basis for a national network of “alternative fuel” corridors spanning 35 states.[read more]

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How a bit of kindness can help the homeless and the environment in Hong Kong

November 7, 2016 by William Ng

How a group of volunteers led by Jeff Rotmeyer of Impact HK are helping the homeless in Hong Kong.[read more]

How the Port of Oakland cut 76% of its diesel emissions in 10 years

November 4, 2016 by Supply Chain Dive

In the past decade the Port of Oakland has reduced diesel emissions from trucks, ships, tugboats, trains and cargo handling equipment by 76%[read more]

Car2Go Disinvesting in Low-Income Areas within the Twin Cities

November 4, 2016 by The Global Grid

Aside from the trend of the Nice Ride, a popular bike-sharing program, car-sharing businesses also bloom in the Twin Cities, like many others. Car-sharing is the practice of using one or more cars with other people. The practice is convenient for people who do not own cars and only need a ride for special occasions or...[read more]

Santa Monica, CA wants all new housing to be net-zero energy

November 3, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:The Santa Monica, CA, City Council last week approved an ordinance requiring new single-family homes built in the city to be net-zero energy based on the standards set forth in the 2016 California Green Building Standards Code. The ordinance also requires multifamily buildings to use 10% less energy than the 2016 California...[read more]

Environmental Justice a Growing Concern Among Landscape Architects

November 3, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Shanghai / FlickrEnvironmental justice, which is about ensuring everyone benefits equally from nature, is a “growing concern” among landscape architects across the globe, said Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, Design Workshop. For example, in the ASLA 2016 Student Awards, 68 percent of the award-winning designs focused on issues of environmental...[read more]

Happy Streets “Living Lab” Results Suggest Public Space Affects Wellbeing

November 2, 2016 by Jillian Glover

How do we know when we are in a good public space? Does it make us happier, more calm, or even more generous?We can get the sense that a place with green space, public seating, and art makes us feel better than a busy intersection with cars and noise. But, how can we demonstrate this empirically, so city builders can attest that well-...[read more]

2 waste industry giants are leading in efforts to reverse climate change

November 2, 2016 by Waste Dive

Dive Brief:Both Waste Management and Republic Services have been recognized by the nonprofit Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) on its 2016 Climate A List for climate change mitigation efforts.The report analyzed data from 1,089 companies, and 193 companies made the top list. Other notable companies include Apple, Nissan,...[read more]

AIA lobbies lawmakers to keep 2030 building energy-use goals intact

November 1, 2016 by Construction Dive

The American Institute of Architects made a written appeal to U.S. congressional leaders asking them to resist the fossil fuel industry's attempts to repeal Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act, according to the association.[read more]

Why All the Development in the World Doesn’t Matter if You Don’t Know Your Soul

October 31, 2016 by Kristen Jeffers

 Recently, Politico has written some great articles on cities in the Piedmont region of North Carolina and Southern Virginia. Before I went to Roanoke, one of my good friends sent me this one. Having been at the first CityWorksXPO, I knew some of the story. However, I didn’t know all about how Roanoke brought itself back...[read more]

Future Agricultural Technology : Feed the World Sustainably

October 29, 2016 by Sarah Smith

It is no secret that the world's population is growing rapidly. This means that there will be a growing priority to farm in a manner that is sustainable both today and for future generations.[read more]