December 26 2012

Pennsylvania Counties Lack a Voice in Local Drilling Decisions

December 26th, 2012Posted by 

In 2012 Pennsylvania passed Act 13, an act which mandated that local governments must allow drilling in all zoning districts and cannot ban or restrict gas development. Act 13 limits local government control and allows only individuals who own land and mineral rights in counties to participate in drilling decisions that will affect their communities. […]

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December 06 2012

Coping with Coal: Life after the Fisk and Crawford Coal Plants

December 6th, 2012Posted by 

In September, two coal-burning power plants on the Southwest side of Chicago closed down operations, leaving the nearby communities with the pressing question of how best to re-use the combined 132 acres.  The Fisk and Crawford coal plants have been decommissioned by their owner Midwest Generation in response to increasing pressure from community groups and […]

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November 19 2012

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Riverfront Revitalization

November 19th, 2012Posted by 

The Land of 10,000 Lakes – a term most often used to describe the state of Minnesota. It was, however, the almighty Mississippi River that encouraged the formation and development of Minnesota’s more prominent cities – Minneapolis being one of them. The River put Minneapolis on the map by becoming the “Flour Milling Capital of […]

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October 23 2012

Online Participation Tools Within Urban Planning: A Quick Fix for Local Problems?

October 23rd, 2012Posted by 

Do you have a problem? Mark it on the map and we’ll take care of it – if you vote for us. Prior to Germany’s Berlin Senate election in 2011, the Green Party presented an interactive online tool that people could use to suggest changes for the urban environment. More than 800 requests were sent […]

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October 18 2012

Brownfields on the River’s Edge: Minnesota and the Mississippi

October 18th, 2012Posted by 

The connected metro-regions of Minneapolis and St. Paul, in Minnesota, are at the forefront of brownfield remediation. The Twin Cities exhibit several exemplary projects that demonstrate the positive reception of toxic sites converted to public space.  Urban planners, environmental lawyers, state agencies, and landscape architects each have major roles in this transformative process. Brownfield remediation […]

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August 28 2012

Economic Consequences of the Closing of June Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, CA

August 28th, 2012Posted by 

June Mountain is located approximately 20 miles (31 kilometers) north of the town of Mammoth Lakes, California. Opened in 1961, the ski area provides the economic epicenter of June Lake, CA, a small, unincorporated community in Mono County. Unfortunately, on June 21, 2012, the day that the mountain was supposed to open for summer activities, […]

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August 27 2012

Urban Agriculture in Ankara, Turkey: Ataturk Forest Farm

August 27th, 2012Posted by 

Creating green areas in big cities is necessary for people to live better lives. Places for urban agriculture, away from park and recreation areas, in cities, contribute to economic and ecological sustainability, as well as creating green corridors where people can breathe and thrive. The first urban agriculture area was established by Ataturk who founded […]

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August 03 2012

Environmental and Social Impacts of Canal Istanbul Project, Turkey

August 3rd, 2012Posted by 

When Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the current government, Justice and Development Party (AKP), will undergo the biggest project of all times for Istanbul, aptly named “The Crazy Project” by Istanbulites, no one ever thought it would be an artificial sea-level waterway crossing through the entire European side of Istanbul, connecting the […]

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August 01 2012

Inside the Spokane Sewer Treatment Plant’s Facelift: Neighboring State Park Breathes Sigh of Relief

August 1st, 2012Posted by 

Spokane, Washington was given the land for its wastewater treatment plant and Riverside State Park by an affluent citizen in his will in the first half of the 20th century. He designated the land’s division and only allowed the City to keep the land if they used it for those sole two reasons. The only […]

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July 17 2012

New California Recycling Law Mandates Landfill Diversion in Mammoth Lakes, CA

July 17th, 2012Posted by 

Everyone wants to recycle, but what would you do if it was mandatory? California Bill AB 341, directed by CalRecycle, will go into effect on July 1, 2012 and will require commercial recycling within California state limits. The Town of Mammoth Lakes is providing education and outreach in an effort to help the community adjust […]

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July 10 2012

Social Entrepreneurship in the City of Oaks: A Day at Raleigh City Farm, North Carolina

July 10th, 2012Posted by 

Lacking the time to study up on the latest New Urbanism manifesto? A visit to Raleigh City Farm, of Raleigh, North Carolina, may provide a substantially accurate visual summary. This eight-week-old, 1.3 acre “social enterprise” is picturesquely situated between Peace College and Historic Mordecai neighborhood, granting the urban farm a ten-minute walk from the heart of […]

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June 28 2012

Watersheds and A City’s Existence: Problems in Watershed Use and Protection in Istanbul, Turkey

June 28th, 2012Posted by 

Needless to say, water is essential to sustain human life, and every human being has the right to have access to water. Therefore, in urban areas where great numbers of people are agglomerated, water is a critical issue. In Istanbul there are 8 watersheds, 5 being on the European side and 3 on the Asian […]

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April 13 2012

Urban Parks: Gathering People in Downtown Tampa, Florida After Business Hours

April 13th, 2012Posted by 

In most cities, the downtown area serves as the central business district (CDB) and the nightlife hub. However, Tampa’s downtown area competes with other places for the honor of CBD and the happening place to be. After 6pm, downtown becomes a ghost town, with only the few people who are able to afford the few […]

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April 10 2012

City of Los Angeles, California Files Lawsuit for Ownership of Mammoth Creek

April 10th, 2012Posted by 

Water is an important resource and all too often it is taken for granted. We all expect water to be there when we need to do the dishes, take a shower, or rinse our food. While a renewable resource, only 3% of the world’s supply is fresh water and unfortunately, demand already surpasses supply. What […]

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March 13 2012

Ecobuild 2012 Conference: London, United Kingdom

March 13th, 2012Posted by 

Are you interested in sustainability, but not sure where to get the latest information, sample products, and meet like-minded people? The upcoming Ecobuild conference in London, United Kingdom could be just the event for you. Ecobuild is, put simply, the place to go to update your environmental expertise and put yourself ahead of the competition […]

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February 07 2012

Artisan Carpentry: The Timber Framers Guild Eastern Conference 2012

February 7th, 2012Posted by 

This May 2012, craftsmen from across the United States and Canada will descend on Port Townsend, Washington to discuss a building tradition developed in the 12th century, timber frame construction. The first question the uninitiated may ask is, “What is timber framing?” This construction method uses heavy wood joined together in intricate joints to create […]

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February 01 2012

Tree Planting Efforts in Tampa, Florida

February 1st, 2012Posted by 

Trees are important for cities. Environmentally-speaking, trees provide important environmental inputs and outputs. Aesthetically-speaking, trees can provide a sense of beauty to a city. Planners and landscape architects have long-recognized the importance of trees and other plants in urban design.Tampa, Florida has a long-established grassroots organization that has helped bring trees to the city. The […]

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January 31 2012

Make Good or Get Rid. Time to Get Tough with Regeneration?

January 31st, 2012Posted by 

Brownfield sites prime for building. Derelict architecture crying out to be regenerated. Both are common sites up and down the United Kingdom, but why? With a long standing housing shortage only predicted to get worse, what are we doing to utilise these potentially valuable resources? The value of the land on which they sit is […]

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January 20 2012

Barriers to Green Building in New York City, New York

January 20th, 2012Posted by 

Considering New York City, New York (NYC) contains 5.2 billion ft2 of built space parceled out among a million buildings, and that the building sector emits 79% of the city’s greenhouse gases, the importance of sustainability in its built environment is paramount. The Bloomberg administration’s 2007 PlaNYC effort, a comprehensive plan for the City’s largest issues […]

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January 17 2012

Wind Turbines: Could Design Make Them More Appealing?

January 17th, 2012Posted by 

With the United Kingdom committed to producing 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by the year 2020, there seems to be an acceptance within the general public that sustainability has become a key issue in everyday life. But with around 50% of planning applications for new wind farms rejected in 2010, is the country […]

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