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Five Reasons Alaskans Are Winning the Sustainable Food and Energy Race

A high polytunnel for growing food (extendng the growing season) in Alaska’s Matanuska-Susitna Valley. USDA/Creative Commons by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture The Lower 48 U.S. states have come far in the battle for local food, but Alaska also has much to share when it comes to creating sustainable economies. Despite dramatic seasonal …

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Meet Some of the Greenest Schools on Earth [PHOTOS]

Students at the International School of Choueifat in Lebanon display their certificates of participation in Green Apple. by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) We hope you enjoy the photos here featuring images from several of the schools nominated for the 2015 Greenest School on Earth award. In April we announced …

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Banks Should Lend World’s Top 500 Cities At Least $1bn to Tackle Climate Change – NCE-2015 Report

by David Thorpe Multilateral development banks, donors and others should lend the world’s top 500 cities at least US$1 billion to help them implement low carbon urban development strategies by 2020, according to the New Climate Economy 2015 report. This report, published today by the Global Commission on the Economy …

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How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

by Kiva Bottero Communities both big and small are having a sustainable makeover in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact. This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. Source: Screen reader version: Sustainability is …


Meet the Businesses Aiming for 100% Renewable Energy

by David Thorpe Sustainability chiefs gather at the Formula E eprix in Battersea Park, London, calling for the uptake of renewable power across the private sector.’ From left to right: Phil Levermore, Chairman of The Climate Group; Mohamed Anis, Head of Energy and Services for Europe – Infosys; Penny Cross, Director of …

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2030 Districts: Communities Collaborating to Reach Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance

by GBIG Insight If buildings are a major contributor to climate change, then what’s the solution? Reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions, of course. But, how do we know how far we have to go, how fast – and how will we know when we as an industry …

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How Cities and Regions May Save One Fifth of Nations’ Carbon Emissions

by David Thorpe Actions by cities and regions could save the lion’s share of global greenhouse gas emissions not accounted for at the national level by 2020, according to a new study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The total of these emissions includes also those from companies and sectors. …

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How Climate Change Affects Building Design

by Glenn Meyers The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative estimates the construction trades contribute as much as 30% of all global greenhouse gas emissions and consume up to 40% of all energy used worldwide. Today, climate change is having a powerful effect on how buildings are …

Sustainable Development

Malé: Can This City on the Sea Ever Become Sustainable?

Located on a small island in the middle of an ocean, Malé faces a host of challenges. Photo: Shahee Ilas. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons by Charles Arthur The Republic of Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean consisting of a double chain …

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The Hidden Links Between Saving Water and Saving Energy

Picture: fredmosc, License: CC0 Public Domain The water used by our buildings and industries, measured at the water meter, is generally only a fraction of the total water consumed, if you look at how energy is produced. Additionally, 16% of energy use is consumed by water supply. Sustainability is served …