Smart Cities

Revealed: LEED-Certified Apartments Earn 9% Higher Rents

by GBIG Insight In working with the commercial real estate industry on sustainable and energy efficient (SEE) real estate, one of the most frequent inquiries we receive is: why should I pay to certify my property as “green,” when I can instead use the funds required for certification to better improve …

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Webinar Round-up: What Makes a Smart City?

Commuter cycling to work in a suit. by David Thorpe Last week’s webinar on Smart Cities by Sustainable Cities Collective was a successful discussion of many of the controversial aspects of smart cities. Here you can read the Twitter record (Storify) and below is the podcast and slide show. Listen here As …

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Smart Cities

Triumph of the City: Book Report

In Triumph of the City, renowned economist Edward Glaeser presents a clear case for why our cities are our greatest inventions, how they make us richer, smarter, greener, healthier, and happier, and how we can improve them. Cities cluster talent and economic strength and their density insures people are happier because …

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How To Turn Plastic Bottles Into Twine [VIDEO]

by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg As a good greenie, I’d argue that plastic bottles are one of those things we should mostly “reduce” our use of rather than “recycle”. But I do use them: I generally don’t buy bottled water or soft drinks, but my pantry and fridge – probably much like yours – contain numerous …

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Single-Family Can Be Urban, Too. But How Can It Be Sustainable?

Seattle, 1947. Photo © Seattle Municipal Archives By Alex Lenhoff American housing design is in need of a paradigm shift. Recognizing generational preferences, increasing affordability constraints, and sustainable solutions are needed to start a new chapter in the planning of our cities, especially when it comes to housing. But that doesn’t …

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Would A Rewards Program Encourage You To Recycle More?

by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg I know a lot of people wonder why they don’t get paid for recyclable materials – after all, there is a market for these materials. But, in essence, we do: we get paid in the convenience of curbside and single-stream programs. We’ve always had the option of taking materials to a recycler …

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Smart Cities

What Will it Take to Create Smart Cities in India?

In June 2014, the Government of India announced its ambitious plan to build 100 smart cities across the country. This plan will be administered by the Ministry of Urban Development, and will focus on building new smart cities and redeveloping existing urban regions with populations of over 100,000 people. The government …

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A New Map of the World’s Ecosystems

A new, free, web-based tool from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and ESRI allows us to gain a better understanding of the ecological character of any place in the world. As the team explains, the web site can be used by everyone — from local government officials and planners to landscape architects …

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High Alert for Environmental Threats in World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2015 Report

By David Thorpe Today marks the release of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2015 report. While international conflict tops the list of concerns, the experts whose opinions were solicited rated environmental risks more prominently than economic ones, including water shortages, climate change and fast urbanization. While the biggest threat to the …

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Corporate Sustainability Initiatives: WWF Offers Free Tools

Need some help driving your office’s green initiatives? WWF offers free downloadable tools including getting-started guides, spreadsheets, benchmarks, campaign poster templates for green initiatives on energy reduction, paper reduction, waste reduction, travel, procurement, and green team building. I find some of the tools very useful. As mentioned in an earlier article Employee Engagement …

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