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Green EducationSchool's Initiatives

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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Smart CitiesSustainable Development

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: http://publicadmin.norwich.edu/the-importance-of-creating-sustainable-communities-the-role-of-public-works/ Screen reader version: Sustainability is …

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2030 Districts: Communities Collaborating to Reach Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance

by GBIG Insight If buildings are a major contributor to climate change, then what’s the solution? Reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions, of course. But, how do we know how far we have to go, how fast – and how will we know when we as an industry …

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Green EducationGreen Library

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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Sustainable Development

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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EnergySolutionsWater

Why Embodied Energy Is the New Frontier for Developers, Surveyors and Planning Authorities

by David Thorpe No building or development project can be deemed to be environmentally sustainable without an assessment of its life cycle environmental performance. This so often fails to be done, or even thought about. But this is changing. A new report lists resources to help developers, quantity surveyors and planners take …

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Smart Cities

13 Tips For Saving Water the Californian Way

  California is a big state. To understand water saving techniques for the average person, we need to understand California’s unique climates and ecosystems. In broad terms, we have South Coast, South Inland, North Coast, Central Coast, Central Valley, mountains and desert climates. The Sunset Western Garden Book divides our …

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Green BuildingHousingSmart Cities

Pacific Cities Resolve to Improve Urban Resilience and Upgrade Informal Settlements

by David Thorpe The Pacific Urban Forum 2015 met over the last week on the island of Fiji, under the theme of “Towards a New Pacific Urban Agenda: Harnessing Opportunities in a Post-2015 Environment”, to discuss how the emerging needs of cities in the region can meet the present challenges. 12 …

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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 …

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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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