Six Strategies To Promote Sustainable Cities

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More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. The percentage will rise every passing day. So how can we make cities greener, leaner, and healthier for people and the planet? Following is a link to some of the big ideas that came out of the New York Times Energy for Tomorrow conference

Sustainable Infrastructure Key To Growth

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“To date, the trend towards urbanization has been accompanied by increased pressure on the environment and growing numbers of urban poor,” said the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, at the launch of the report in Nairobi, Kenya. “But unique opportunities exist for cities to lead the greening of the global economy by

China & UK Swap Sustainability Capabilities

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Solving the energy and natural resource demands of a growing global population will take international cooperation at the highest levels. China and the United Kingdom are advancing that agenda now. A delegation of 10 UK companies was welcomed this week on the opening leg of the 2013 Sustainable Cities Mission to Chongqing and Changsha. The

Rooftop Gardens Make Dollars and Sense

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A unique mechanized greenhouse operation delivers its first crop of salad greens, herbs and spinach and begins to pay back a $2-million investment.  This greenhouse, perched over a parkade in downtown Vancouver, employs a four-meter-high system of hundreds of suspended trays that move to maximize exposure to natural light and to facilitate harvesting. Alterrus’ vertical

California Announces Urban Forestry Grants

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Urban and Community Forestry Grants The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has set aside funds to provide grants to applicants that wish to create or implement a“Leading Edge” Urban Forestry and Urban Greening Project or Program. The funding level of eachCAL FIREUrban & Community Forestry grant program may be adjusted based

In Many Cities, It’s Not Easy Being Green

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(This article is from the New York Times in 2008. How far have we come since then?) February 7, 2008 By FELICITY BARRINGER ARLINGTON, Va. — This urban suburb of Washington seems well-prepared for a leading role in the green revolution embraced by hundreds of the nation’s cities, counties and towns. For decades, Arlington County’s