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How to Choose the Right Plants and Take Care of A Green Roof

by Glenn Meyers The results of a five year study by the Chicago Botanic Garden list nine plants rated “excellent” and 67 rated “good” for use in a green roof environment. Meanwhile, Sasha Aguilera, Design Consultant for Xeroflor Canada, an industry leader in pre-vegetated roofing, has put together some suggestions for green roof maintenance …

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10 Strategies for a Stronger, Greener Economy for Cities

Posted by: TheCityFix – produced by WRICities Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban …

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Revealed: the Top 10 Countries for LEED Green Building Certification in 2015 [infographic]

by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) There are LEED projects in more than 150 countries and territories, representing every continent except for Antarctica. LEED is being used in highly industrialized nations and newly developing ones, and LEED is helping to demonstrate the enormous power and potential of the emerging green economy. …

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Cupertino Companies Save Energy and Resources With the Green Business Challenge

At the July 7, 2015 Cupertino City Council meeting, Mayor Sinks presented a proclamation to the participating businesses of the City’s Green Business Challenge. by Celina Plaza On a cool Bay Area evening on January 29th, 2015, I took a Cal Train trip to Cupertino, CA, to formally launch Cupertino’s Green …

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Where to Learn Sustainable Construction Techniques Suitable For the Middle East Region

Meet USGBC Education Partner the Qatar Green Building Council Interviewed by Melanie Share, Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council. The Qatar GBC’s aim is to promote planned and feasible sustainable development by collaborating with industry leaders and experts to define a set of environmental and green building best practice guidelines based …

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Meet Some of the Greenest Schools on Earth [PHOTOS]

Students at the International School of Choueifat in Lebanon display their certificates of participation in Green Apple. by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) We hope you enjoy the photos here featuring images from several of the schools nominated for the 2015 Greenest School on Earth award. In April we announced …

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California: Leading the Way on Green and Well-Performing Buildings

by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) By Dan Burgoyne, Sustainability Manager, California Department of General Services / LEED Fellow / Board member, U.S. Green Building Council / Member, LEED Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group. Green building has long been part of California’s approach to a wide array of energy, water, environment, and …

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Banks Should Lend World’s Top 500 Cities At Least $1bn to Tackle Climate Change – NCE-2015 Report

by David Thorpe Multilateral development banks, donors and others should lend the world’s top 500 cities at least US$1 billion to help them implement low carbon urban development strategies by 2020, according to the New Climate Economy 2015 report. This report, published today by the Global Commission on the Economy …

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How To Reduce the Carbon Emissions Impact of Travel [Infographic]

by David Thorpe What might be the best and least best tactics for reducing the environmental impact of your travel? Here they are, from best to worst: Avoid motorised transport completely; Use public transport; Use a car share powered by renewable energy; Use a car share powered by petrol; Use a …

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Whose Job Is It to Worry If a City’s Water Supply is Sustainable?

by Dean Saitta   Gross Reservoir, Boulder County, owned by Denver Water (Wikipedia) The headline asks one of the big questions prompted by a recent Planetizen interview with Denver Planning Director Brad Buchanan. It’s broached in the comments thread in a lively exchange between Jim Safranek and Jake Wegmann. Mr. Safranek says …