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The Goals of Combining Parks and Stormwater

April 25, 2016 by City Parks Blog

The following is an excerpt from City Parks, Clean Water, a report by the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence that examines the role of urban parks in managing stormwater. This is the seventh installment in a series of 20 posts.City parks departments and water agencies both stand to benefit from designing...[read more]

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Federal Government Considers Changes in Street Design, Could Makes Roads Safer and more Sustainable

April 24, 2016 by James Dezao

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sets standards for how streets, roadways and highways are designed. The agency is considering comments for possible changes to 13 criteria established in 1985 used to review road designs. Hopefully the FHWA will revise these criteria to make roads safer but also make them more sustainable and...[read more]

Nest or cave?

April 23, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly
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I was recently introduced to the work and writing of Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. One concept that he writes about that I really like is the idea of nest vs. cave.The way Fujimoto describes a cave is that it’s a naturally occurring and pre-existing condition. It is exists independent of humans. So if and when a human decides to...[read more]

The plants that regulate the rain

April 22, 2016 by Sturle Hauge Simonsen
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Much of the world relies on upwind landscapes to regulate rainfall. In fact, on average, nearly a fifth of annual rainfall is regulated specifically by current vegetation.This is the conclusion from a study published in PLOS ONE, led by centre researchers Patrick Keys, Lan Wang-Erlandsson and Line Gordon.Landscapes that regulate downwind...[read more]

Investing by the mile instead of by the gallon

April 22, 2016 by Metropolitan Planning Council

By Yonah FreemarkMetropolitan Planning Council (MPC) research shows that our state’s surface roads, bridges and transit systems need $43 billion in additional investment over the next ten years.Unquestionably, we need new funding to support this. As we use less gasoline—or none at all—we need to consider a vehicle miles traveled fee...[read more]

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Learn From Flint: Solidify Water Infrastructure With These 5 Fixes

April 22, 2016 by David Schwartz

The Flint, Michigan, water crisis was a tragedy: horrible, yet avoidable. After years of using water from nearby Lake Huron, the city switched to the Flint River, in essence polluting its own water supply.Several factors contributed to the catastrophe — chief among them were a budget crisis, minimal state monitoring, and an antiquated...[read more]

Targeting 2 Tons: Closer Than We Think?

April 21, 2016 by GBIG Insight

With the Paris Accord and 195 countries pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80-90% by 2050, the world appears to have made a vital pivot towards a more sustainable future. But what does this mean in practice? What kind of personal commitments does this imply for each of us on the planet? How close are we to achieving the...[read more]

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How Manufacturers Are Developing and Using Renewable Energy

April 21, 2016 by Peter Kim

Across the globe, manufacturers are increasingly developing new ways of using renewable energy to strengthen clean energy competitiveness in various industries.Process heating systems are critical to the global manufacturing industry’s ability to turn raw materials (such as oil, iron ore, trees, crops, etc.) into products (including...[read more]

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Cutting Business Waste - Paper, Printers, And The Environment

April 20, 2016 by Rehan Ijaz
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Saving the environment is a somewhat broad topic - many individuals understand that it is important, but fail to fully comprehend it. Since it's a problem on global scale, 'doing your part' can see futile, especially for an individual who does not understand exactly how their lifestyle can contribute to environmental damage.While there...[read more]

Making industrial policy relevant again

April 20, 2016 by Charles Arthur
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"There is only one measure of success: are you exporting something different than you were five years ago?” a bald man billows across the conference hall.The most recent industrial policy conference in Madagascar spanned two days and consisted of experts and academics promoting new models on the micro-foundations of innovation or the...[read more]

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3 Examples of Making Housing Sustainable… and Affordable Too!

April 19, 2016 by Andrew Armstrong
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There is no question that sustainable housing is ideal for the environment. However, the cost to build an environmentally friendly single-family home or multi-unit dwelling historically has made it impossible for most people to own or rent one.However, through a combination of government funding, technological advancements, and human...[read more]

Starting a Profitable Recycling Business

April 19, 2016 by erichlawson

The entrepreneurship bug bites many individuals, but in addition to passion and persistence, a sound business plan and a viable market are equally critical.Recycling has emerged as a sound line of business in recent times. There is additional focus by governments and environmental agencies to ensure the furtherance of environment-...[read more]

Vertical City Concept : How to Live a Sustainable Life

April 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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You might be wondering how to live a sustainable life. People are starting to look to the vertical city concept as a solution to this growing and unavoidable problem.[read more]

A New Way to Measure Road Safety That Doesn’t Wait for Crashes to Happen

In order to improve road safety, decision makers need accurate information about their city’s streets. Traditionally, road safety analysis has relied on historical data of actual crashes. However, the drawback of this “crash-based approach” is that it is reactive—we have to wait for crashes to occur in order to prevent them. And in...[read more]

Population growth across North American cities

April 17, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

The Centre for Urban Research and Land Development at Ryerson University recently published the following chart on their blog:It’s a look at population growth across a few North American cities, broken down according to natural increases, net internal migration from other parts of the respective country, and net immigration from outside...[read more]

How Smart Building Technology is Shaping the Future of Commercial Real Estate

April 15, 2016 by GBIG Insight

How many times have you discussed how hot or cold your office was over the last few months? Many office workers would agree that the biggest battle in commercial buildings is the fight over the thermostat. Not only do people have different tolerances for hot and cold, but different sections of buildings have different temperature ranges...[read more]

The Evolution of Urban Planning

April 15, 2016 by Dean Saitta
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Over the last few centuries urban planning has evolved radically. The building of cities and towns has a complex and multifaceted history. Although urban planning has only been recognized as a distinct profession for less than a century, cities worldwide reflect the different elements of conscious design in everything from their layout...[read more]

Is This the Future of Suburbia?

April 14, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Almost 70 percent of Americans live in a suburban environment, according to Alan Berger, professor of landscape architecture and co-director of the Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) at MIT, who kicked-off a recent conference there on the Future of Suburbia. United Nations estimates show about 1 in 8 on Earth now live in a dense mega-...[read more]

Railroad Park, Birmingham

April 14, 2016 by City Parks Blog

The following is an excerpt from City Parks, Clean Water, a report by The Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence that examines the role of urban parks in managing stormwater. This is the fourth installment in a series of 20 posts.Railroad Park provides a new water feature for Birmingham. (Community Foundation of Greater...[read more]

How will sharing technologies shape our transportation future? – CTS Catalyst

April 13, 2016 by David Levinson

What physical  goods can—or should—be shared, and what should be owned individually? As the answer to that question slowly changes, the direction of our transportation future is changing, too.“For physical goods, one person’s use prevents someone else’s use, but many physical objects are not fully utilized by their owners,” says...[read more]

WATCH : Making Urbanism Work for Africa

April 13, 2016 by Future Cape Town

“Africa has the opportunity to get urbanism right”Africa’s urban population is set to double within the next 25 years. Cities’ populations are growing while the urban landscape is sprawling and manufacturing markets are not keep up to the employment supply. But there is opportunity to learn. On the global stage, Africa is one of the...[read more]

Can Technology Save Our Crumbling Infrastructure?

April 12, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA
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Mississippi collapsed bridge / Wikipedia“The infrastructural situation in the U.S. is bad,” said Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kantor at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. Traffic causes “5.5 billion of hours or about $70 billion of lost productivity, costs 2.9 billion gallons of fuel, and increases our healthcare costs...[read more]

How to Prevent Food Waste: 27 Tips for Community Leaders

April 12, 2016 by Shareable .

Food waste has become an enormous global problem, with an estimated one third of the world’s current food supply for human consumption being lost or wasted every year. And the solutions aren’t simple, as food waste is as complex a problem as it is dire. Food waste occurs at every step along the supply chain, including producers...[read more]

Cutting Edge Green Buildings in London, Stockholm and San Francisco

April 12, 2016 by Laura Tozer

The first residents moved into Hammarby Sjostad in Stockholm in 2002, which was developed as a sustainable neighbourhood with a closed loop urban metabolism approachFor my PhD research project, I'm visiting three cities with some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in the world. On my trips to London and...[read more]

2 new ways to think about economic inequality

April 11, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly
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We talk a lot about economic inequality these days. We worry, among other things, that our successful cities are becoming playgrounds for the rich and that housing is becoming increasingly unaffordable for the middle class.Without negating the importance of things such as attainable housing, I’d like to offer up two, potentially new,...[read more]

Urban Growth and Sustainable Cities

April 11, 2016 by Dean Saitta

Guest Post by Ray McNealRay McNeal spent the majority of his career in the real estate industry. Throughout his career, he became fascinated with the concept of sustainable development. He is currently a blogger whose focus is the benefits of sustainable development in today’s cities. U.S. cities are currently undergoing...[read more]

How much market share are New York’s yellow cabs losing to Uber?

April 11, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

Todd W. Schneider recently mined data from the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission to create a chart summarizing yellow taxi, Uber, and Lyft usage. The data only runs up until January 2016, but here’s what he found:“…yellow taxis provided 60,000 fewer trips per day in January 2016 compared to one year earlier, while Uber...[read more]

5 more pictures that speak many words

April 11, 2016 by Glenn Vowles
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 Having been an active Green in Bristol for 35 yrs (this example is from 26 yrs ago in April 1990) its encouraging to remember good examples of international action on very significant problems (the world finally agreed to tackle the ozone hole caused by CFCs and so in principle it can also tackle other significant...[read more]

How megacities are changing the map of the world

April 9, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

In advance of his new book, titled Connectography, Parag Khanna recently delivered an interesting TED Talk called, How megacities are changing the map of the world. It’s about 20 minutes long.A lot of what is covered won’t be new to this audience, but I like how he talks about the importance of urban connectivity, the shift from...[read more]

Overcoming US Highway Injustices: From Displacement to Opportunity

April 8, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

By now it is widely understood that urban freeways did little to solve urban transportation and mobility issues; it has become clear that cities cannot build themselves out of congestion with bigger roadways, but they can damage themselves considerably in the process of trying.  Kansas City freeway bisecting downtown (photo:...[read more]