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11 Platform Cooperatives Creating a Real Sharing Economy

May 19, 2016 by Shareable .

As “death star platforms” such as Airbnb and Uber continue their pursuit of global domination, an alternative is rising in its wake.Platform cooperatives, which share the value they create with the users they depend on, are on the rise. As Shareable co-founder Neal Gorenflo writes in How Platform Co-ops Can Beat Death Stars Like...[read more]

Can transit-oriented development change travel behavior in cities?

It is pretty easy to understand how and why land use patterns around public transit stations can influence the way we move around the city.As more and more people live and work in a neighborhood with a limited land area, it becomes increasingly challenging to drive around without encountering congestion or to find a parking space...[read more]

Standard of Sustainable Building Materials and Inspection

May 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith

 Green building encompasses all that facilitate skillfulness in avoiding energy wastage, the utilization of sustainable construction materials, and processes that promote not only human, but also those that promote environmental health. There are profound effects that revolve around green building, effects that are either positive...[read more]

Why activism matters when designing public space

May 17, 2016 by Cape Town Partnership

Four active citizens applying lessons learnt in the past to South Africa’s present day urban landscape and agree that more people should be included in the way we design cities. Marcela Guerrero Casas (Co-founder and Managing Director, Open Streets Cape Town), Hedwig Crooijman-Lemmer (Urban Designer, GAPP Architects and Urban...[read more]

The Rise of the Urban Energy “Prosumer”

An increasingly important actor on India’s urban scene could help reach the ambitious Indian goal of reaching 40 GW of rooftop solar power capacity by 2022. Meet the urban electricity “prosumer,” a consumer of electricity who also produces it and can sell it back to the grid, often through a rooftop solar PV system. For major cities in...[read more]

9 Companies with Great Environmental Initiatives

May 16, 2016 by erichlawson
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More companies are shifting priorities by using business intelligence to not only save on costs but to also become environmentally aware. Business intelligence’s ability to keep track of performance, as well as alert decision makers on behavioural changes, make it a complementary approach as demonstrated by the desire by many companies...[read more]

What it takes to unlock infeasible development land (and some thoughts on parking)

May 16, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly
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One of the questions that came up after my recent post about land pricing was: what is it going to take to develop underutilized land on the outskirts of city centers?So today I thought I would talk about a new development project that was also discussed at the Land & Development conference I recently attended. I think will begin to...[read more]

Tire Recycling and its Impacts

May 16, 2016 by erichlawson

Although used tires are a complex and challenging form of solid waste, the demand for scrap tires has been soaring over the years due to the booming scrap tire recycling industry. The tires that motorists are driving on the road can be shredded and burned to generate fuel oil, used to make fuel, or pulverised to bits to be used to fill...[read more]

Stormwater in Parks: Is There Reason to Worry?

May 13, 2016 by City Parks Blog
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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 fourteenth installment in a series of 20 posts.When a park is doing double duty as both a recreation space and water management...[read more]

What Can We Learn from Thailand’s Inclusive Approach to Upgrading Informal Settlements?

Currently, an estimated one billion people worldwide live in informal settlements where they lack access to basic services and infrastructure and are often threatened with forced eviction. While the overall proportion of the world’s urban population living in informal settlements has decreased in recent years, the absolute number is...[read more]

The Push for Energy Efficiency in America’s Historic Buildings

May 12, 2016 by GBIG Insight

Historical buildings are everywhere. In a country with such a (relatively) short history, we Americans care deeply about protecting our historic and archeological resources. Every week, 20-30 properties are classified as historic buildings worthy of preservation by the National Parks Service, which administers the National Register of...[read more]

4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities

Building efficiency offers benefits to cities. Photo by Hsiuan Boyen/FlickrUrbanization presents major challenges: congestion, sprawl, inefficiency, health hazards and high cost of living, just to name a few. But the choices we make for our cities can transform these challenges into opportunities: mobility, connectivity, economies of...[read more]

Three Stories of How the Internet of Everything Is Changing Transport

With the arrival of new and powerful technologies, and the declining costs of these technologies, some new possibilities are emerging for cities and their transport systems. For example, the Internet of Everything (IoE) can benefit cities by connecting people, processes, data, and things as “everything” comes online. This is...[read more]

Greening industry, saving water in North Africa

May 10, 2016 by Charles Arthur
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Green industry is an approach that realizes the potential for industries to decouple economic growth from excessive and increasing resource use, thereby reducing pollution and generating additional revenues. It foresees a world where industrial sectors will minimize waste in every form, use renewable resources as input materials and...[read more]

Top 10 Green Projects 2016

May 9, 2016 by Glenn Meyers

AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) has announced its list of the top 10 green projects for 2016.Biosciences Research Building, Galway IrelandBiosciences Research BuildingThe design of the BRB embraces the moderate climate of Ireland. By locating low-load spaces along the perimeter of the building, the project is able to take...[read more]

Bringing Sustainability to the Trucking Industry

The ubiquitous trucks we see on the highways are an integral part of our way of life. While not always pleasant to be around (or drive around), the $750 billion trucking industry provides the conveyance from one place to another of nearly everything we rely upon. evolveEA was recently asked to speak at the American Trucking Association’s...[read more]

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Green Business Trends and What to Expect

May 5, 2016 by Peter Kim

Consumers care more than ever before about the environmental impact of the products they buy, and companies are incorporating green business trends in order to capitalize on this growing demand. As of 2014, “55% of consumers across 60 countries [were] willing to pay higher prices for goods from environmentally conscious companies... 71%...[read more]

Find the Trash Compactor That Best Suits Your Business

May 5, 2016 by erichlawson

Businesses can benefit greatly from investing in a trash compactor. Some of those benefits include: saving on space, transport, time and fuel as trips made to the dump or landfill are significantly reduced. There are different compactors to fit the various businesses. This blog looks at the various compactors available to all businesses....[read more]

A New Coalition Will Prove Sustainable Cities Are Better for Growth, Better for Climate

Cities are all about efficiency. It’s why they exist: to allow easy access to jobs, goods, services and ideas. However, in many countries, new and expanding cities are sprawling, car-dependent and uncoordinated – a set-up that’s not only inefficient, but carbon-intensive.Thankfully, a new vision for sustainable urban growth is spreading...[read more]

5 Urban Agriculture Strategies to Grow Your City’s Food Supply

Many cities have been integrating urban gardening into their patchworks for decades. Other communities are just getting started.Here are five strategies for jump-starting new urban agriculture projects and sustaining those underway.1. Take inventory of your city’s land (and rooftops)Cities are big places, and most people don’t have the...[read more]

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Australian Government Introduces New Smart Cities Plan

May 4, 2016 by Anna Johansson

Nations and major cities all over the world have been pushing toward smart city innovations. They’re racing to lead the pack in the future of urban society. Canada, the United States, and Britain are currently vying for the top spots in the market, and Australia is now joining the pack with a new Smart Cities Plan that’ll alter their stake in the smart city game.[read more]

Capturing the value of transit to rebuild the system

Land next to transit is worth more, and as a result government should capture some of that additional value to pay for transit improvements. This statement seems intuitive to many in the planning field, so intuitive it even has its own nickname: “value capture.” The premise is that government can “capture” the “value” that investment in...[read more]

Balancing the Scales of City Sustainability

May 3, 2016 by Kaid Benfield

I spend virtually all my professional time thinking about the intersection of human settlement and environmental sustainability. I am particularly interested in the built environment of American cities, towns, and suburbs - what I like to call our "people habitat" - and how it relates to the natural world. How can we make these two...[read more]

How public spaces will help change cities for the better

How to make cities more livable for people? How to create good, inclusive and accessible public spaces for all?I’m not an urban planner nor an architect. I’m not a sociologist or an anthropologist either. But based on my personal experience, I can tell why public spaces are important in people’s lives. Just close your eyes for a second...[read more]

Using green infrastructure to control urban floods: a win-win for cities

April 28, 2016 by World Bank Sustainability Blog

We have all come across people whose homes have beautiful and always blooming plants and flowers – people with a so-called “green thumb”.But did you know that cities too can have a “green thumb”? Singapore is certainly one of those cities. Also known as the "garden city”, Singapore is set to become a "city in a garden”. The...[read more]

Talking Transit: Repopulating our city through more housing choice

April 28, 2016 by Metropolitan Planning Council

By Yonah FreemarkDid you know?According to research by the Chicago Rehab Network, Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood lost more than 5,000 inhabitants, or more than 11 percent of its population, between 2000 and 2010. At the same time, housing costs increased dramatically over the same period, with the share of renters paying...[read more]

Designing New Water-Smart Parks: Two Stories From California

April 27, 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 eighth installment in a series of 20 posts.When it comes to green infrastructure, the easiest parks to work with are new ones —...[read more]

The Case for Precision in Landscape Architecture

April 27, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Renderings of Concurso La Carlota competition entry / Luis CallejasAccording to Anita Berrizbeitia, ASLA, chair of the landscape architecture department at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), the question of whether to pursue a more regimented, process-based approach or use a more open-ended design model has occupied the field of...[read more]

Environmental change - who cares, who benefits, who loses?

April 27, 2016 by Sturle Hauge Simonsen

In social-ecological systems research the focus is on people as well as nature and the aim is to promote both ecosystem health and human wellbeing. Ecosystem services is increasingly recognized as the benefits people obtain from nature, but we still have a poor understanding of how they actually enhance the many dimensions of wellbeing,...[read more]

Greening Offices Without Adding to Landfill

April 26, 2016 by Derek Wong

Many corporations are moving their staff into modern green offices in LEED buildings. But the left-behind furniture and equipment often end up in landfill. It’s better to recycle, resell, and donate them to minimize your footprint, recover costs, and benefit charities. Let’s see how Chevron did it and what you can learn from their...[read more]