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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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UCLG, EU and Four Other Local Authority Networks Sign Historic Agreement on Sustainable Development

Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development and the UCLG president, Kadir Topbaş, also the Mayor of Istanbul, sign the agreement. by David Thorpe The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the European Commission, together with four other important networks in local government, have signed a historic agreement to work together …

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 …


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 …


OmniProcessor Makes Drinking Water From Sewage

In many parts of the world, clean drinking water is more precious than gold. Either there is no waste water infrastructure or, if there is, the process is so basic it does little to nothing to treat the waste effectively. Much of it just gets dumped into the nearest river or ocean. Diseases caused by poor …


Now Is the Time for Cities to End Reliance on Fossil Fuels

The price of oil continues to fall, making investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency less economically attractive. But this is all the more reason why now is the time to switch. A recent post on our sister site, The Energy Collective, argues that the Saudis are willing to let the …

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A Garden Airport in Singapore

Singapore has long aspired to be a “city in a garden.” Since the early 1960s, the 300-square-mile city-state has been serious about preserving nature and also greening underused spaces. In 1970, President Lee Kuan Yew dictated that there were to be “no brownfields;” all empty space would be planted. Today …


Cities Fighting Black Carbon to Achieve Public Health and Climate Benefits

Black carbon – a short-lived climate pollutant emitted into the air by incomplete combustion of fuels – is a both major contributor to climate change and a concern for public health in cities. At the global scale, black carbon has been identified as the second most important human emission contributing to climate change. …