December 17 2013

Integrating Western China’s Urbanization with the New Silk Road

December 17th, 2013Posted by 

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences recently published the Western China Development Report, which shows that the urbanization rate in Western China reached 44.93% in year 2012, compared to 60% in the Eastern China. The central government proposed to integrate urbanization in western China with the development of the “New Silk Road.” Among all the agendas, international […]

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December 10 2013

Reimagine Phoenix: Boosting the Economy with Trash

December 10th, 2013Posted by 

Phoenicians have been searching high and low for a new identity to give to their sprawling Bird on Fire, branded by Andrew Ross in 2011 as the “World’s Least Sustainable City.” Last year, the City of Phoenix, Arizona State University (ASU), and St. Luke’s Health Initiative decided it was time to Reinvent Phoenix through transit-oriented […]

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December 04 2013

“Recent Waterscapes: Planning, Building, and Designing with Water” Book Review

December 4th, 2013Posted by 

Recent Waterscapes: Planning, Building, and Designing with Water edited by Herbert Dreiseitl and Dieter Grau provides a comprehensive overview of innovative water-related projects throughout the world. The editors argue: “Coping with ever greater amounts of stormwater run-off from increased urbanization and fierce heavy downpours does not mean endlessly multiplying the number and capacity of technical […]

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November 15 2013

Is the Era of Limited Energy Options in Minneapolis Over?

November 15th, 2013Posted by 

Until recently, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy have been the only options for Minneapolis residents to receive electricity and gas. Coal is currently the largest portion of Xcel Energy’s sources, while natural gas is the largest for CenterPoint Energy. The contract these energy companies have with the city of Minneapolis is coming to a halt […]

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November 14 2013

California’s Environmental Goals and Policy Report Finally Released

November 14th, 2013Posted by 

Since resuming Governor of California, the Environmental Goals and Policy Report (EGPR) was released under Jerry Brown thirty years behind schedule. The Governor’s Office of Planning & Research typically releases the report every four years, but has not completed drafted attempts since Brown’s last term in 1978. This report, titled California’s Climate Future, defines targets […]

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November 13 2013

Heated by Hard Drives: Urban Heating in Marne-La-Vallée, Seine-et-Marne, France

November 13th, 2013Posted by 

Until now, heat given off by data centers* was simply carried off into the air by means of various climate control systems. But in the past few years, inspired by Cherbourg, a city heated by seawater, initiatives for collecting and reusing of these calories have been established in order to provide heating for housing, offices, […]

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October 16 2013

Draining the Earth: Natural Gas Drilling an Issue for Pittsburgh

October 16th, 2013Posted by 

Currently one of the largest environmental issues in the United States is the debate on drilling for Natural Gas. This debate has hit close to home as well, as the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding area sits along one of the largest natural gas filled rock formations in the country, the Marcellus Shale. By […]

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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 10 2013

Redefining Green Building: Greenpeace Headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina

September 10th, 2013Posted by 

In June 2013 I had the opportunity to visit the new headquarters for the global organization Greenpeace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I already knew that the building was energy efficient, and “green” in every sense of the word. However, it wasn’t as promoted or publicized like other examples of supposed sustainable architecture in the country, and you can […]

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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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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 13 2013

The Future Cities Are Smart Cities

June 13th, 2013Posted by 

In the midst of rapid technological innovation, our cities are becoming “smarter.” We may have passed the first part of the digital revolution, but the fact stands that technology is now an inseparable part of our lives. Smart cities around the globe are adopting new digitally based infrastructure and introducing new services in this arena […]

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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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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

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 14 2013

Tidal Wave Energy: Is it Ecologically Sustainable?

May 14th, 2013Posted by 

Global energy demand continues to grow and tidal wave energy generation devices can provide a significant source of renewable energy. Technological developments in offshore engineering, and the rising cost of traditional energy, means that offshore energy resources will be economic in the next few years. Tidal wave energy is a form of hydropower that converts the energy […]

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April 30 2013

Commercial Onshore Wind Farms: A Threat to the Amenity of the Landscape

April 30th, 2013Posted by 

The amount of wind power in the world is increasing quickly. The background for this development is improved technology, decreased costs for the units, and increased concern regarding environmental problems of competing technologies such as fossil fuels. The amount of wind power is not spread equally over the world, so in some areas, there is […]

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