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Is the Rapid Rate of Southeast Asia's Urbanization Sustainable?

February 16, 2017 by Anum Yoon

Urbanization has been a trend for a while in Europe and North America, but the shift is just beginning to take place in Asia and Africa. 90 percent of the increase in urban populations through 2050 is expected to come from those two continents.[read more]

How federal tax reform could complicate prospects for renewable energy

February 15, 2017 by Utility Dive

Republican plans to upend the tax code present both benefits and pitfalls for wind and solar, financial analysts say.[read more]

Good Design Is Sustainable

February 15, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Good landscape design is intrinsically sustainable. While a certain level of ecological sustainability may be achieved by adhering to a checklist of environmental best practices, long-term sustainability is achieved by engaging broader cultural, economic, and socio-economic goals. It’s now widely recognized that city dwellers tend to live a less wasteful and more energy-efficient lifestyle than those who live in the suburbs or rural areas.[read more]

San Francisco aims to boost alternative transportation with new development regulations

February 14, 2017 by Construction Dive

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved a points-based measure that will require developers who want to include free parking with their projects to also provide features that will promote alternative transportation methods, such as bikes, car-sharing and shuttles to buses[read more]

Iconic U.S. Steel Tower Earns ENERGY STAR Certification

February 14, 2017 by evolve environment::architecture

Pittsburgh's tallest building, the US Steel Tower, has recently achieved ENERGY STAR certification. The accomplishment is the result of a strategic effort to retrofit the building with new controls, lighting and HVAC equipment, and other improvements. The US Steel Tower is one of the largest and oldest office buildings in the world to earn ENERGY STAR certification, the US EPA's designation for commercial buildings ranking high in energy efficiency.[read more]

Transparent and sustainable supply chains are not built in a day

February 13, 2017 by Supply Chain Dive

A University of Tennessee Global Supply Chain Institute Study sponsored by SC Johnson reveals that instituting a strong sustainability practice on which regular effort is expended — and shared — is vital.[read more]

Renewable energy on the rise, but WTE has stalled

February 10, 2017 by Waste Dive

Renewable energy is on the rise in the U.S., but waste-to-energy (WTE) is not part of that growth according to the Business Council for Sustainable Energy's new 2017 "factbook" produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. No new financing was reported for WTE technologies in 2016 and no new facilities were built last year.[read more]

5 Things to Consider Before Installing Solar Panels

February 10, 2017 by Brooke Nally

 Saving money on your utility bill, reducing your carbon footprint, and improving your home’s value—the advantages of going solar are appealing for most homeowners. While most people can benefit from installing solar panels, some roof styles, home locations, and other factors impact how much energy you can generate and how...[read more]

UPS to install solar panels in 8 facilities as part of sustainability drive

February 9, 2017 by Supply Chain Dive

From its original four, UPS intends to add solar power to eight more of its 2,580 facilities by the close of 2017. UPS will spend roughly $18 million to increase its solar power to five times its current output.[read more]

January's Top 5 Posts on SustainableCities Collective

February 8, 2017 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]

How California's utilities are planning the next phase of electric vehicle adoption

February 8, 2017 by Utility Dive

IOUs in the nation's largest EV market are pushing new proposals to enable electrification beyond small consumer cars.[read more]

Climate Action on the City Level: How Do Boston and L.A. Compare?

February 8, 2017 by The Global Grid

The new White House has left only three mentions of “climate” on its website, including two that have nothing to do with climate change and one that calls President Obama’s Climate Action Plan an “unnecessary” policy (more on the website turnover). What is not unnecessary is preparing ourselves for severe storms, cleaning up pollution,...[read more]

New York's plastic bag fee on the chopping block in state legislature

February 7, 2017 by Waste Dive

A new set of bills has been introduced at the state level that would delay implementation of New York's 5-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags until at least 2018. The state Assembly intends to pass a bill on Feb. 7. The Senate passed similar legislation last month and is expected to support this new bill.[read more]

Urban Lessons from Hong Kong and Tokyo

February 7, 2017 by Timo Hamalainen

One of the best things is strolling across cities around the world. They’re all different, yet remarkably similar. It’s the perfect opportunity for reflecting how your own city or cities compare. Two places I’ve recently had the pleasure of exploring are Hong Kong and Tokyo.These Far East mega-cities may seem an odd couple at first, but...[read more]

Proposed DC bill seeks tighter regulations for home-sharing services

February 6, 2017 by Construction Dive

Home-sharing services like Airbnb could face stricter limits on rental terms under a bill put before Washington, D.C.’s city council last week.[read more]

The Evolution of Green Urbanism

February 6, 2017 by Dean Saitta

The evolution of urban planning has been the subject of several recent museum exhibitions, blog posts, books, and infographics. These representations of planning history are useful for several reasons. They remind us of where we are and how we got here. They stimulate debate about the people and ideas chosen for inclusion as well as...[read more]

Shape, shimmy, shed: Renewables are revamping DR's future value in California

February 3, 2017 by Utility Dive

Demand response has traditionally been a fairly simple product, but rapid changes to grid architecture and resources are driving fundamental changes. In the future, curtailing peak load as we now know it simply won't have much value.[read more]

Placemaking for Peacemaking

February 3, 2017 by Project for Public Spaces

Even though, by definition, public spaces are open and accessible to everyone, for refugees and immigrants they often become sites of danger and exclusion.[read more]

Top 10 Northeast cities with untapped potential for solar

February 2, 2017 by Construction Dive

Real estate website Redfin has identified the 10 cities in the Northeast region of the U.S. with the most potential for solar development and found that Providence, RI, tops the list.[read more]

A Little Slice of Heaven

February 2, 2017 by William Carson

For Owen Carson, working as an ecologist in the world of conservation it’s not uncommon to find rare species of plants and animals on properties that he inventories – in fact, most of these tracts contain an array of listed species, uncommon natural communities, and outstanding water resources.  But there is one piece of...[read more]

Zerocycle pilot program reduces waste 13% in Fremont, CA

February 1, 2017 by Waste Dive

Data analytics company Zerocycle has announced results of its Resident Engagement Platform pilot program in Fremont, CA, touting a 13% reduction in overall trash bin weight among participating households[read more]


It’s Never Too Late: 3 Ways to Improve Post-Construction Sustainability

February 1, 2017 by Gary Seider

Sustainability isn’t a new concept, but it is a new priority.In the past, builders rarely thought about a structure’s long-term use during the construction phase. If the end result looked great and functioned efficiently, its sustainability decades down the road wasn’t of any concern.Now, the opposite is true. When materials are sourced...[read more]

Report: Ports, rail and waterway infrastructure of high priority to Trump administration

January 31, 2017 by Supply Chain Dive

The Trump administration has put together a preliminary list of 50 high priority infrastructure projects to be funded in the upcoming overhaul.[read more]

A Guide to Solar Roof Tiles: The Next Big Thing

January 31, 2017 by Brooke Nally

It's likely you've already seen the news on Elon Musk's new, and attractive, solar roof tiles. If you're considering installing some on your home, there are a few things you should know. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at some of the features of solar roof tiles — including their biggest benefits and drawbacks — and the top...[read more]

River District Appeals to Families with Fun, Nature and Walkability

January 30, 2017 by Jillian Glover

I am writing a short series, “Cities for Families” to showcase how local governments, non-profits and the private sector are working to create a family friendly city. This third edition spotlights the private sector, examining how Wesgroup Properties is achieving this goal with its latest project, River District.[read more]

Hawaii utilities, Nissan pair up for $10,000 EV rebates

January 30, 2017 by Utility Dive

A few Hawaii electric utilities looking to foster electric vehicle adoption have offered rebates as high as $10,000, making a significant dent in the new purchase price, particularly when paired with other incentives.[read more]

Louisville, KY brings the smart city into the smart home

January 27, 2017 by Construction Dive

The city of Louisville, KY, is working with local developer groups to connect web-enabled home devices with city information systems.[read more]


Trento, Italy: a Renaissance city imagines its future

January 27, 2017 by IEEE Standards Association

A global trend towards urbanization is placing increased emphasis on making the world’s cities more livable. Diverse efforts are underway to accomplish this goal, including the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. This article is a summary of the smart city developments in the city of Trento, Italy.[read more]

Carton recycling now available to 60% of US households

January 26, 2017 by Waste Dive

The Carton Council of North America has announced that 60% of U.S. households now have access to recycling options for standard aseptic and gable-top cartons.[read more]

8 Reasons Place Should Matter to Humanitarians

January 26, 2017 by Project for Public Spaces

The majority of the world’s displaced (over 60% of refugees and 80% of internally displaced persons) now live in urban areas, while the humanitarian system has largely been designed to serve people in camp or rural settings.[read more]