Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/rss/all en Learning From a One-Stop, Urban Epic–and Why http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/chuck-wolfe/1249337/learning-one-stop-urban-epic-and-why <p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/chuck-wolfe/1249337/learning-one-stop-urban-epic-and-why" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/chuck-wolfe/1249337/learning-one-stop-urban-epic-and-why#comments Yes Innovation Redevelopment & Infill Smart Cities Best Practices Climate Change Land Use Placemaking Populace Urbanism Sustainability Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:44:43 +0000 Chuck Wolfe 1249337 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com Making Green Stick; Influencing Decision Makers toward LID Solutions http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/deeproot/1248632/making-green-stick-influencing-decision-makers-toward-lid-solutions One of the things innovative engineers do extraordinarily well is to think about solutions in different ways. &nbsp;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 nets of old repeated patterns. &nbsp;This is essential for effectiveness and for innovation.<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/deeproot/1248632/making-green-stick-influencing-decision-makers-toward-lid-solutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/deeproot/1248632/making-green-stick-influencing-decision-makers-toward-lid-solutions#comments Building & Design Yes Design & Architecture Gardens & Landscapes Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:58:17 +0000 deeproot 1248632 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com Orlando, FL, approves $1B mixed-use 'agrihood' http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/construction-dive/1249037/orlando-fl-approves-1b-mixed-use-agrihood In a 4-2 vote last week, Orange County, FL, commissioners approved development and rezoning plans for The Grow, a $1-billion, mixed-use &quot;agrihood&quot; in Orlando, FL<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/construction-dive/1249037/orlando-fl-approves-1b-mixed-use-agrihood" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/construction-dive/1249037/orlando-fl-approves-1b-mixed-use-agrihood#comments Building & Design Yes Agriculture & Food Green Building Gardens & Landscapes Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Sustainability Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:05:05 +0000 Construction Dive 1249037 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com How Can Hong Kong Tackle Its Waste Problem? http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/willng/1248551/how-can-hong-kong-tackle-its-waste-problem 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.<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/willng/1248551/how-can-hong-kong-tackle-its-waste-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/willng/1248551/how-can-hong-kong-tackle-its-waste-problem#comments Yes Waste Management Leadership & Management Training & Education Urban Planning Urbanism Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:49:49 +0000 willng 1248551 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com A Memorial to a Sad Future http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1247252/memorial-sad-future Climate Chronograph / Erik Jensen and Rebecca Sunter<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1247252/memorial-sad-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1247252/memorial-sad-future#comments Arts & Culture Yes Politics & Legislation Water Climate Change Gardens & Landscapes Conservation & Recreation Land Use Placemaking Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:59:00 +0000 The Dirt 1247252 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com Environmentalists wary of Congress' rush to pass energy bill http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/utility-dive/1247797/environmentalists-wary-congress-rush-pass-energy-bill More than a dozen groups have sent a letter to federal lawmakers warning that in a rush to produce an energy bill this session, Congress is still considering several proposals which could trigger pushback from environmentalists or a veto from the White House.<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/utility-dive/1247797/environmentalists-wary-congress-rush-pass-energy-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/utility-dive/1247797/environmentalists-wary-congress-rush-pass-energy-bill#comments Power & Grid Yes Alternative Energy Leadership & Management Policy Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:24:33 +0000 Utility Dive 1247797 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com Smart Building Tech: Not Just about People http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/gbiginsight/1246881/smart-building-tech-not-just-about-people David Karpook, vice chairman of the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate (OSCRE), recently published an article in Facility Executive, “Smart Buildings: It’s Still About The People Inside.” He writes, “No matter what the benefits and challenges are, the future of smart buildings is ultimately all about the people inside.”<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/gbiginsight/1246881/smart-building-tech-not-just-about-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/gbiginsight/1246881/smart-building-tech-not-just-about-people#comments Building & Design Yes Innovation Smart Cities Future Technologies Green Business Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:18:50 +0000 gbiginsight 1246881 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com How Big Business Can Fix a Problem of its Own Making http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/yaniv-vardi/1246788/how-big-business-can-fix-problem-its-own-making Our environment today exists under immense strain. It’s no secret that humanity’s current rates of consumption are unsustainable—especially in the developed world. The problem is a mix of over-demand, incredible waste, lack of regulatory oversight and poor material management. Broadly speaking, those factors share one common denominator: big business.<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/yaniv-vardi/1246788/how-big-business-can-fix-problem-its-own-making" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/yaniv-vardi/1246788/how-big-business-can-fix-problem-its-own-making#comments Smart Cities Best Practices Politics & Legislation Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Economy Policy Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:09:26 +0000 Yaniv Vardi 1246788 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com US government-owned buildings outpace private sector in reducing energy consumption http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/construction-dive/1247501/us-government-owned-buildings-outpace-private-sector-reducing-energy-consu According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration&#039;s Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey, government buildings reduced their energy intensity — or energy consumption per square foot — by 23% between 2003 and 2012, whereas privately owned commercial buildings reduced theirs by only 12% during the same period.<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/construction-dive/1247501/us-government-owned-buildings-outpace-private-sector-reducing-energy-consu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/construction-dive/1247501/us-government-owned-buildings-outpace-private-sector-reducing-energy-consu#comments Building & Design Power & Grid Yes Alternative Energy Green Building Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:08:42 +0000 Construction Dive 1247501 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com One year later: Industry navigating uncharted territory to help reach 2030 food waste reduction goal http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/waste-dive/1247164/one-year-later-industry-navigating-uncharted-territory-help-reach-2030-food-waste One year after the federal government announced a national goal of cutting food waste in half by 2030, the recycling industry is still figuring out how it fits into the equation.<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/waste-dive/1247164/one-year-later-industry-navigating-uncharted-territory-help-reach-2030-food-waste" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/waste-dive/1247164/one-year-later-industry-navigating-uncharted-territory-help-reach-2030-food-waste#comments Yes Health & Nutrition Waste Management Agriculture & Food Conservation & Recreation Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:43:03 +0000 Waste Dive 1247164 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com ASLA Launches Guide to Resilient Design http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1246535/asla-launches-guide-resilient-design Resilient design / ASLA<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1246535/asla-launches-guide-resilient-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1246535/asla-launches-guide-resilient-design#comments Yes Design & Architecture Climate Change Conservation & Recreation Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:43:09 +0000 The Dirt 1246535 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com Sensory Design: How Contemporary Projects Enhance Our Understanding of the Landscape http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/deeproot/1246483/sensory-design-how-contemporary-projects-enhance-our-understanding-landscape In recent years, landscape architecture has expanded beyond traditional projects to include land art projects, community-driven designs, and creative temporary uses for urban space. The range of these projects is vast and driven by human creativity, from Richard Serra’s project ‘Viewpoint’ in Germany, to Rebar Art and Design Studio’s ‘bicycle parklet’ located on Filbert and Fillmore in San Francisco. These are places that, first and foremost, are used by people, and they offer a unique opportunity to explore and test sensory design ideas.<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/deeproot/1246483/sensory-design-how-contemporary-projects-enhance-our-understanding-landscape" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/deeproot/1246483/sensory-design-how-contemporary-projects-enhance-our-understanding-landscape#comments Gardens & Landscapes Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:38:05 +0000 deeproot 1246483 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com Growing pains: Hawaii solar sector howls as grid-supply incentives hit caps http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/utility-dive/1246832/growing-pains-hawaii-solar-sector-howls-grid-supply-incentives-hit-caps An alternative self-supply program could boost solar-plus-storage, but costs are prohibitive for most Hawaiians<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/utility-dive/1246832/growing-pains-hawaii-solar-sector-howls-grid-supply-incentives-hit-caps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/utility-dive/1246832/growing-pains-hawaii-solar-sector-howls-grid-supply-incentives-hit-caps#comments Power & Grid Yes Alternative Energy Innovation Green Business Resources Economy Sustainability Technology Policy Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:44:44 +0000 Utility Dive 1246832 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com A sense of the temporary http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/recities/1246044/sense-temporary There is a troubling, permanent sense of the temporary in London, something you can feel in neighborhoods across the social strata, from Hackney to Kensington.&nbsp;This is unhealthy both for the city and its individuals because it prevents residents from putting down roots, and feeling at "home" in their city.&nbsp;Regular readers know that I love London more than any other city, but this fault threatens the long-term vitality and character of this amazing metropolis.&nbsp;<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/recities/1246044/sense-temporary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/recities/1246044/sense-temporary#comments Building & Design Demographics Yes Housing Placemaking Populace Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:18:06 +0000 reCities 1246044 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com Climate Change Readiness in Canadian Real Estate: A Snapshot http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/gbiginsight/1245309/climate-change-readiness-canadian-real-estate-snapshot At the 2015 Paris climate conference (COP 21), the Canadian government worked with international partners to negotiate an effective and ambitious global agreement on climate change to hold the increase in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The Paris Agreement signals the urgency of transitioning to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy. In response, the public and private sectors are accelerating work to develop strategies that will help Canada meet these commitments.<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/gbiginsight/1245309/climate-change-readiness-canadian-real-estate-snapshot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/gbiginsight/1245309/climate-change-readiness-canadian-real-estate-snapshot#comments Building & Design Yes Urban Planning Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:03:47 +0000 gbiginsight 1245309 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com Smarter Streets Make Sustainable Cities http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/kurtis-mcbride/1244562/smarter-streets-make-sustainable-cities The path to becoming a “smart city” begins with smarter streets, which can help us use our existing transportation infrastructure more efficiently, get to work faster and decrease pollution.<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/kurtis-mcbride/1244562/smarter-streets-make-sustainable-cities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/kurtis-mcbride/1244562/smarter-streets-make-sustainable-cities#comments Yes Roadways Smart Cities Public Transportation Sustainability Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:53:02 +0000 Kurtis McBride 1244562 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com Benches Can Pay Their Way http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-parks-blog/1244262/benches-can-pay-their-way This article has been adapted from the September 2016 issue of Parks &amp; Recreation Magazine, the official publication of the National Recreation and Park Association. Through its pursuit of key issues, trends, and personalities, the magazine advances American parks, recreation, and conservation efforts.<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-parks-blog/1244262/benches-can-pay-their-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-parks-blog/1244262/benches-can-pay-their-way#comments Yes Urban Planning Placemaking Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:50:16 +0000 City Parks Blog 1244262 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com Survey: Consumers may increase recycling if given more information about the process http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/waste-dive/1245259/survey-consumers-may-increase-recycling-if-given-more-information-about-process A recent survey found that residents might increase their participation in local recycling programs if they know more about where the material is going and what it is being used to make.<p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/waste-dive/1245259/survey-consumers-may-increase-recycling-if-given-more-information-about-process" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/waste-dive/1245259/survey-consumers-may-increase-recycling-if-given-more-information-about-process#comments Yes Waste Management Populace Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:00:18 +0000 Waste Dive 1245259 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com The Rise Of The Rooftop http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/tomoliverpayne/1244044/rise-rooftop When designed to maximise public benefit, and not just private gain, rooftop spaces can enhance a city’s natural environment, and improve public life. The rise of the rooftop has just begun, but with this trend we may about to see the transformation of cities across the globe. <p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/tomoliverpayne/1244044/rise-rooftop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/tomoliverpayne/1244044/rise-rooftop#comments Yes Design & Architecture Green Building Urban Planning Land Use Urbanism Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:33:04 +0000 tomoliverpayne 1244044 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com Factory as a Forest - What Hong Kong can learn from Interface http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/willng/1244384/factory-forest-what-hong-kong-can-learn-interface Blog post by William Ng on an event hosted by Interface Inc. Hong Kong on the 9th September 2016. Speaker Erin Meezan (VP Sustainability) discussed Interface&#039;s sustainability journey, from Mission Zero to Net-Works to Climate Take Back. <p><a href="http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/willng/1244384/factory-forest-what-hong-kong-can-learn-interface" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/willng/1244384/factory-forest-what-hong-kong-can-learn-interface#comments Building & Design Yes Alternative Energy Innovation Future Technologies Water Climate Change Green Business Waste Management Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Resources Sustainability Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:22:50 +0000 willng 1244384 at http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com