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Are Industrial Facilities Too Large and Complex for LEED?

by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Manufacturing and industrial facilities operate on a vastly different scale compared to a home, an office building, or even a university campus. Instead, we should compare a factory site or an industrial facility campus to a small city. Intel’s Ocotillo Campus is 682 acres; it’s …

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Mexico City’s New Airport [VIDEO] Can It Really Be Sustainable?

“… Mexico has really seized the initiative…There will be nothing else like it in the world.” In late 2014 Foster + Partners, FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise) and NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants) won the international competition to design Mexico City’s new international airport. This one will be one of the world’s …

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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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Why Planning for Expansion Helps Build Sustainable, Equitable Cities

  Consensus is building around the many benefits of compact cities. Overall, compact cities use fewer resources, produce fewer carbon emissions, and provide better quality of life for their inhabitants than their sprawled counterparts. In rapidly urbanizing countries in the global south, however, many medium-sized cities are expected to double …


Managing Water During Dry Times in Inland Empire, California

Posted by Global Site Plans – The Grid   The drought in California persists – for the fourth consecutive year. Snow Water Equivalents are used by The State Water Resources Department to measure how much water is contained within the mountain snowpack. As of March 3, there was only 22% of …

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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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A Cold Ski Town is Building One of the First Vertical Farms in the World

 by Brandon Donnelly I have a soft spot for Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It’s a beautiful town and, out of all the places I’ve snowboarded, it’s easily my favorite. That’s why I was excited to learn that Jackson is currently building one of the first vertical farms in the world (and in a …

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Unintended Consequences Can Be Opportunities for Conservation

Radipole Lake in Weymouth, Dorset: Aerial view of the nature reserve in the middle of the town. Photo: David Wooton/RSPB In reviewing the wildlife habitats of British towns and cities for my recent book Nature in Towns and Cities (Harper Collins 2014) I became acutely aware that many of the UK’s most …

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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 …