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The Drain Gain: Art and An End to Forgettable Stormwater Management

The Dirt ASLA As our climate becomes more unpredictable, finding better ways to manage stormwater is crucial to mitigating flood damage. However, traditional stormwater management strategies can be unforgettable at best and unsightly at worst. In the new book, Artful Rainwater Design: Creative Ways to Manage Stormwater, authors and Pennsylvania …

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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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Cities and Regions Commit to the Sustainable and Inclusive Management of Water

by United Cities and Local Governments UCLG Cities and regions from all over the world gathered at the World Water Forum on the occasion of the 4th International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities on Water in Gyeongju (Republic of Korea) on 13 and 14 April, reaffirmed the crucial need for …

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The City Dwellers Who Are Growing Food in India, China and Brazil

  In the northern hemisphere, the days are growing longer and warmer, signaling the first day of spring. For many, it’s time to start sowing seeds, and for those in cities, it’s time to dig into community gardens. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), around 15 percent of …

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A Sustainable Food One-Stop Shop: New Orleans Business Combines Urban Farm, Grocery Store

Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Hollygrove Market & Farm. By Trish Popovitch   Hollygrove Market & Farm (HM&F) has shortened the food distribution chain to zero by combining an urban farm with a grocery store. For many area residents in New Orleans’ 17th Ward, HM&F is their only source of …

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Wet Matter: New Ways of Understanding Our Oceans

Wet Matter, Harvard Design Magazine’s latest issue, asks us to reconsider our oceans, which cover the vast majority of our planet. Edited by Pierre Bélanger, ASLA, associate professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the issue brings together a range of fields and an array of …


Creating Jobs Through Resource Conservation: The Circular Economy

by Glenn Vowles Half a million jobs would be created by transforming our economy from a take, make and throwaway one to a genuinely green one which optimises efficiency, renewability and working with environmental respect. This is the conclusion of a recent report by the Waste and Resources Action Program (WRAP)  and …


Why Cities Need to Address River Flooding Now

by TheCityFix – produced by EMBARQ Cities contribute 70 percent of the world’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and play an essential role in climate change mitigation. However, since average global temperatures are already rising and the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly palpable around the world, cities also need to focus on …

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Four Cities’ Solutions to Sustainable Garbage Processing

 Cities around the world face many challenges to their cleanliness and environmental sustainability, including rising greenhouse gas emissions, unsanitary public spaces, foul odors, growing energy demand, low recycling rates, and limited space. Most people wouldn’t think of trash as a major root of these problems. Despite this, utilizing innovative waste …

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Consumers Need Help in Recycling Plastic

 Do you have trouble remembering which plastics can go in your recycling bin? Even if you can figure out the number on that stamped symbol on the bottom of a plastic container, you may not remember offhand if your recycling program accepts, say, #6 or #7 plastics. You may just …