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How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

by Kiva Bottero Communities both big and small are having a sustainable makeover in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact. This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. Source: Screen reader version: Sustainability is …

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Should Cities Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags?

Plastic bag waste. Credit: Zainub Razvi by Cathy Rust As Montreal debates whether or not it should ban plastic bags, it’s an opportunity for me to express my opinion on the subject, yet again. Toronto began charging a 5¢ fee for all plastic bags in mid-2009. A few years later that ever-forward-thinking …

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LEGO To Spend $150m to Make All Its Products Sustainable by 2030

by Glenn Meyers Pity poor LEGO. It is under attack from environmentalists for using plastics to make its miniature blocks. Stung by such criticism, it has launched an ambitious program to create sustainable building blocks for the next generation of kids. For decades, LEGO was a rather dull company that sold red …

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Los Angeles Has a Hugely Ambitious Sustainability pLAn – Will it Succeed?

Los Angeles, known for its extensive freeway system and broad boulevards, fast food, car culture, lawn-filled suburbs and smog, is getting serious about sustainability—and the effort includes local and sustainable food and agriculture. When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took office, he created a Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and appointed Matt Petersen …

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Malé: Can This City on the Sea Ever Become Sustainable?

Located on a small island in the middle of an ocean, Malé faces a host of challenges. Photo: Shahee Ilas. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons by Charles Arthur The Republic of Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean consisting of a double chain …

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City of São Paulo, Brazil Launches Ban on Traditional Plastic Bags

Traditional white plastic bags distributed in Brazilian supermarkets are now prohibited by law in São Paulo, Brazil. The new bags were inspired by international standards and could be replicated in other parts of the country. “Unlike the petrol based white bags, these bags are sourced from sugarcane ethanol. Both plastics …


The Problem with Incinerating Waste: It’s Not What You Think

by Cathy Rust A Canadian delegation of environmental entrepreneurs and journalists were invited to Poland to attend Poleko in Octover, 2014. This is Poland’s largest environmental protection trade fair. I had meetings with many people around the subject of construction waste management. Europe in general and Germany in particular are …

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Mexico City’s New Airport [VIDEO] Can It Really Be Sustainable?

“… Mexico has really seized the initiative…There will be nothing else like it in the world.” In late 2014 Foster + Partners, FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise) and NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants) won the international competition to design Mexico City’s new international airport. This one will be one of the world’s …

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Why Planning for Expansion Helps Build Sustainable, Equitable Cities

  Consensus is building around the many benefits of compact cities. Overall, compact cities use fewer resources, produce fewer carbon emissions, and provide better quality of life for their inhabitants than their sprawled counterparts. In rapidly urbanizing countries in the global south, however, many medium-sized cities are expected to double …

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SITES Certifies 12 More Projects

  U.S. Federal Office Building, Two Stars, U.S. GSA with Atkins Global, Miramar, Florida / SITES The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) has certified a dozen sustainable landscapes across the USA for meeting rigorous standards for environmental design and performance, bringing the total number of SITES-certified projects to nearly 46. These …