Green EducationSmart CitiesWebinars

Webinar Round-up: What Makes a Smart City?

Commuter cycling to work in a suit. by David Thorpe Last week’s webinar on Smart Cities by Sustainable Cities Collective was a successful discussion of many of the controversial aspects of smart cities. Here you can read the Twitter record (Storify) and below is the podcast and slide show. Listen here As …

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Smart Cities

Awesome Infographic Shows Benefits of Sustainable Transport

  They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So what about an infographic? Information graphics, or infographics, recently emerged as a highly popular and effective medium for visualizing and sharing information. According to visual.ly, a website that helps users tell their stories visually, an infographic is: data, sorted, …

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Green BuildingHousingLiving Building ChallengesMethodologiesSmart Cities

Seattle’s Emerging EcoDistrict

Pollinator Pathway / Bergmann EcoDistrict planning and design can accelerate local efforts to improve sustainability. EcoDistricts offer a framework through which communities can discuss, prioritize, and enact initiatives that address climate change — by providing clean energy, conserving wildlife habitat, and encouraging low-impact development — and also social equity. If …

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Smart Cities

California Startup Links People with Local Agriculture Via Website, App

By Jenny Sechler A company in California is using technology to engage people in local agriculture and support the local farming economy. Ag Link, based in the San Joaquin Valley, has created a website and smartphone app, Ag Link Connect, for consumers looking for local food and farms, as well …

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ResilenceSolutionsWater

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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Smart Cities

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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EcoPreneurGreen BuildingSmart Cities

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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Green BuildingSmart Cities

Architecture as if People and the Planet Mattered

by Taz Loomans Last week I watched a Peruvian documentary on the lives of local musicians called I’m Still, screened as part of the Portland International Film Festival. It displayed stunning imagery of mountain-top villages in remote areas of the country where indigenous musicians played their violins, harps and guitars and sang folk songs. …

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ChallengesFood Insufficiency

Women in Food: Gwen Garcelon Works to Build Local Food System in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley

By Jenny Smiechowski Roaring Fork Food Policy Council Founder and Director Gwen Garcelon has a lot of experience trying to effect change on complex issues. For ten years, she worked as a grassroots organizer for the D.C. based nonprofit Results, trying to end world hunger and poverty. Although she was …

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Smart CitiesSmart Cities ConsultingSustainable Development

Could We Define a Universal Standard for Sustainable Towns and Cities?

by David Thorpe On this website, we often see lists of the top sustainable cities on the planet, (e.g. this one) that have been compiled by diverse organisations. But, what does sustainability mean in this context? My book The One Planet Life contains a chapter arguing for a change in our attitude to planning, land …

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