• Can mass timber be green?

      As 21 timber buildings over 50 meters (164 feet) will be completed in Europe by the end of year and a massive 80-story building is planned in Chicago, timber seems poised for a comeback in the construction industry in the form of mass timber. Mass timber is made of large structural panels, posts, and […]

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  • Lyft partners with Trust for Public Land to fund new parks

    Last week, Lyft and the Trust for Public Land announced a partnership to create and protect parks. The partnership will prioritize park development in underserved communities that are “park-poor”. “Parks are really a key piece of creating a livable city, and we’re really excited about showcasing how access to parks can be a key piece of improving […]

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  • Electric utilities and public agencies can expedite the deployment of electric buses and trucks

    As electric buses and trucks become available agencies and municipalities need to devise strategies and incentives to work with electric utilities. For large cities, swapping diesel trucks and buses for electric models is a critical strategy for both reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change and reducing local air pollution to improve public health. An article by […]

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  • Global Award for Sustainable Architecture announced

    Architects Ersen Gürsel (Turkey), Rozana Montiel (Mexico), Ammar Khammash (Jordan), Werner Sobek (Germany) and Jorge Lobos (Chile) are the winners of the 2019 Global Awards for Sustainable Architecture. The award was created by the architect and academic Jana Reved in 2006, and it has been bestowed by UNESCO since 2011. Each year the Global Award for Sustainable […]

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  • Living Standard: what people really think of green buildings

      The U.S. Green Building Council has released the first Living Standard research report of an ongoing series where USGBC set out to better understand how the public feels about the issues at the core of the green building community’s mission—sustainability, green buildings, and the environment—. The research is conducting in-depth national qualitative and quantitative research […]

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  • The Tulip Skyscraper in London

    Tallest building in London to be built according to sustainability guidelines

    The City of London has approved plans for the Tulip Tower, which would be the tallest structure in London, and the second tallest building in Western Europe. The 9,305 m (1,002 ft) tall tower, designed by J. Safra Group and Foster + Partners, will contribute to London’s sustainability objectives. The Tulip’s bud-like form and minimal […]

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  • US cities lead for sustainability

      According to JLL Capital Markets, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta are leading examples in the efforts to cut greenhouse gases emissions with extensive city-wide plans. A recent article on The Investor also noted that the US have the largest inventory of LEED certified buildings. Tom Roundell Greene, Director, Global Sustainability at JLL observed “We are […]

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  • Green Infrastructure Decision Tool developed in Denver

      The city of Denver has collaborated with the University of Colorado Boulder to develop the Green Infrastructure Decision Tool, a data-rich forecasting tool that assesses the effects of growth and climate change on built and natural urban surfaces. The tool is data-intensive and relies on varied data types including GIS data and remote sensing […]

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  • Greening up the construction industry

    According to data from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the construction industry accounts for 39% of all CO2 emissions in the United States alone — more than any other sector. Rob Fleming, co-creator and director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Design Program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) has recently […]

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  • Oceanix City

    Are floating cities the future of resilient affordable housing?

    We’ve all seen many of these amazing renderings of futuristic floating cities, which unfailingly remain on paper. Apparently not this one. Last Wednesday, at a United Nations roundtable, a group of builders, engineers, and architects introduced Oceanix City, a concept for an affordable resilient floating city. What’s different is that the project received the support of […]

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