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September 25 2013

Expo 2017: “Energy for the Future” to be Held in Astana, Kazakhstan

September 25th, 2013Posted by 

Kazakhstan, a country with extensive oil and natural gas reserves, will hold an international exposition on sustainable energy in 2017. Expo 2017  - “Energy for the Future” is one of the international expositions regulated by the International Exhibitions Bureau. Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, bested Liege, Belgium in the 2012 bid to hold Expo 2017. Each city […]

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September 19 2013

The Living Building Challenge for Sustainability in the Built Environment

September 19th, 2013Posted by 

The open Sustainability Colloquium at the University of California, Berkeley is a presentation series featuring sustainability topics from leading practitioners of urban planning, architecture, landscape design, engineering, consulting, construction, development, and research. The University of California, Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design hosts an open Sustainability Colloquium directed by Professor Gail Brager on Fridays from 1-2pm […]

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September 06 2013

The Forgotten 25%: Composting to Implement Zero-Waste in the Twin Cities

September 6th, 2013Posted by 

About five months ago, when I decided to start a composting bin in my apartment, a skeptical friend asked what the difference was between the material going to a landfill and it simply decomposing. At the time, I had no answer that seemed to satisfy. However, now, given the chance to complete further research, it […]

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September 05 2013

Sonoma County’s Mobile App Assisted Rideshare Program Shifts Into Second Gear

September 5th, 2013Posted by 

An innovative ridesharing program has taken hold in Sonoma County, California, as  WeGo Sonoma continues to utilize the real-time mobile rideshare app known as “Carma.” The app allows drivers and riders to post their planned and needed trips, and creates a system of payment so the cost of the trip is shared between both parties. Unlike services […]

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August 23 2013

Minneapolis’ Collision of Monumental Architecture and Environmental Concerns

August 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Although for the past decade Minnesotans have debated building a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, it was not until footage went viral of the Metrodome Stadium roof collapse during a 2010 winter storm that national attention was given to Minneapolis’ desire for a new sports facility. This wish was granted on March 1st, 2012 […]

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July 25 2013

Climate Actions Plans Grow in Acceptance in Sonoma County

July 25th, 2013Posted by 

While support for climate protection has become fairly ubiquitous in Sonoma County, only one of its nine cities has implemented an official Climate Action Plan (CAP). To be fair, the other eight have adopted sustainability-related ordinances into their municipal codes such as integrated green building standards, water efficiency measures, and rideshare programs. Recently however, the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) began developing an implementation program that will lead […]

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July 10 2013

Sustainable Campuses: Universities Acting Locally and Educating Globally

July 10th, 2013Posted by 

One of the main concerns of urban planners nowadays is designing for a more sustainable environment. As planners, we commit to provide innovative ideas for sustainable urban design – but what about the others? When it comes to these sustainability principles, universities play a strong role in educating the next generation. Can universities educate a lifestyle towards more sustainable behavior? […]

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June 28 2013

The New Structure of Homelessness In Nottingham

June 28th, 2013Posted by 

A city is only as good as its people. And in these stringent economic times, this statement could not be true. Throughout history, those who fell on hard times created strategic and moralistic battles for their governing leaders. How exactly do you house the homeless, and how much is appropriate for budgeting their support? Nottingham […]

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June 24 2013

Creating A Sustainable Environment in Kane County, IL

June 24th, 2013Posted by 

Back in January, I wrote an article that discussed the recent planning efforts of Kane County, IL.  The decision to make “Healthy People, Healthy Living, Healthy Communities” the theme of the Kane County 2040 Plan “recognizes and emphasizes the connection between the most important resource in Kane County – its people – with the opportunities […]

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June 17 2013

Access for All: Our #thegrid Social Equity and Inclusiveness Twitter Chat Recap

June 17th, 2013Posted by 

After raising the question of how to achieve social equity and inclusiveness in urban planning, within our previous post, Global Site Plans’ The Grid and the Center for Social Inclusion turned to Twitter and #thegrid for a thought-provoking conversation on the topic. From this fast-paced one hour chat, four emerging trends appeared: 1. Access to […]

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June 11 2013

Asia’s Sprawling, High Density Future: Exporting New Urbanism to Developing Countries at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 11th, 2013Posted by 

Dan Solomon, Mithun | Solomon Dan Solomon, CNU co-founder, author, and Principal at Mithun | Solomon, opened the session by saying that in the context of new urbanism concepts being introduced to developing countries, “We can’t exactly declare victory, but we’ve made our presence strong.” Overall, he explained the urban planning struggles in China. He […]

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June 07 2013

U Square Student Development Poised to Open Doors to Public

June 7th, 2013Posted by 

The University of Cincinnati campus has grown significantly in recent years – earning national distinction for its campus transformation – achieved through successful visioning and leadership in the last decade. This growth, which has elevated the rankings and reputation of the university 17 points (to the top tier of national universities in 2011), has likewise […]

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June 01 2013

New Urbanism, Meet the Third World: The Charter Awards at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 1st, 2013Posted by 

The Charter Awards are annual awards given to projects submitted by students and professionals by the Congress for the New Urbanism at the annual Congress. A group of carefully chosen individuals sit on a jury and decide which projects to honor. This year’s jury chair was Doug Farr, CNU-A, President and Founding Principal at Farr […]

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May 31 2013

Lean Urbanism with Andrés Duany: Thursday Morning Plenary of The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

May 31st, 2013Posted by 

Founding principal at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and Congress for the New Urbanism cofounder, Andrés Duany, discussed the post-recession future of new urbanism. His major theme was “Lean Urbanism,” or a harmony between “green” building (though not necessarily LEED certified as he often joked), sustainability, and economic efficiency. He envisioned a future that chose to […]

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May 29 2013

Moving into the Future: Planning for Wildfires in the Sierra Nevada Region

May 29th, 2013Posted by 

Following another dry winter in the Sierra Nevada Region, wildfire risks are on the rise in Northern California and the season has just begun. A study released by UC Merced found that fire risk in California will double over the next forty years, and potentially triple in the Sierra foothills by the end of the […]

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May 28 2013

Decentralised Energy Creation: Is it the Way Forward?

May 28th, 2013Posted by 

Climate change has now become the problem the world cannot ignore. Addressing future global warming, and adapting to it now, will require making fundamental changes to the way we live. How we produce, distribute and use energy is key to this. Decentralised energy allows the financial costs and energy losses associated with the long-distance national […]

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May 23 2013

Program Support Internship: Apply by June 28, 2013

May 23rd, 2013Posted by 

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May 23 2013

A Better Solar Cell: Utilizing Solar Power in the Unexpected

May 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Alternative energy is a highly sought after field that can make great strides in improving the sustainability of communities throughout the globe. Wind, biofuels, hydroelectric, and solar power are all forms of alternative energies that are becoming increasingly viable as well as powerful sources to be used in everyday life. Amongst these popular forms of […]

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May 21 2013

3 Ways to Create Opportunities for Rural Floridians

May 21st, 2013Posted by 

Tourists and residents flock to Florida’s metropolitan areas to enjoy bustling theme parks, cities that spill into the ocean, and shiny downtown high-rises. Still, just beyond the city limits, the Sunshine State remains much like it was only a few decades ago: ranches, rural communities, and endless acres of citrus groves. Like any other demographic, […]

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May 15 2013

Communities Working Together: The Lake Tahoe Sustainability Collaborative

May 15th, 2013Posted by 

“There is growing concern for the issue of sustainability — whether the Earth’s resources will be able to meet the demands of a growing human population that has rising aspirations for consumption and quality of life, while maintaining the rich diversity of the natural environment or biosphere.” – American Planning Association (APA) Communities across the […]

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