Smart Cities

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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Reconnecting People with Nature through Architecture and Design

Image courtesy of Whitney Hopkins. Poorly conceived design divides us in urban areas from our wilds and has contributed to seeing nature as something isolated from us; this actually diminishes us. This post details how architecture and urban design can bring us back to nature, in schools, cities, workplaces and …

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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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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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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 …

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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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Pop-Up Restaurant Will Put Food Waste On The Menu

  by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg The pop-up restaurant serving food that would otherwise go to waste sounds like something you’d expect from activists, right? Sure… and we’ve seen it before. But you wouldn’t expect celebrity chefs to try something like this, right? Don’t tell that to Dan Barber, co-owner of Blue Hill Farm and its associated …

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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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Overcoming China’s Institutional Barriers to Sustainable Urban Transport

China’s top-down system of decision-making has been the root of many transformative changes in the past. So why has it recently been so hard to rally city leaders behind low-carbon transport? The answer has two sides: institutional complexity and lack of political will. While local development and reform commissions have …

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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 …