• Chicago to expand Smart Lightning Program with 40k LED streetlights

      Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the start of the next phase of Chicago’s streetlight modernization program, the Chicago Smart Lighting Program (CSLP), which includes the installation of an additional 40,000 new LED streetlights in neighborhoods across the City. Chicagoans will save an estimated $100 million over the next ten years thanks to the energy efficiency of […]

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  • High-tech decorative shutters to regulate temperature of buildings

      It looks like a modern decorative shutter, but it’s much more than that. Invented by architect Doris Sung, the Invert shutter is made of metal pieces that curl and flip over in the sun, thus regulating how much light and heat can enter a space. Combining thermobimetal hi-tech and esthetics, these shutters are designed […]

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  • AIA announces the top 10 green buildings for 2019

      St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Frick Environmental Center are among projects honored with the 2019 COTE® Top Ten awards recognizing the integration of design excellence with environmental performance. The program highlights projects that meet the AIA Committee on the Environment’s rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value. The COTE® Top Ten Plus designation […]

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  • New high-tech materials could transform construction into a carbon-reducing industry

      Until today, the focus of the building industry as regards sustainability has been on creating green buildings; however, this approach is about to change. According to James Drinkwater, a director at the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), the industry currently builds the equivalent of a mega-city each month, and the greenhouse gases emitted during […]

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  • San Francisco to power all large commercial buildings with renewable energy by 2030

      San Francisco marked this year’s Earth Day with a bold announcement: by 2030 all the commercial buildings larger than 50,000 sqf  must switch to renewable energy. The plan calls for the City’s largest commercial buildings to procure 100 percent renewable electricity from any of the City’s electricity providers by 2022. Then, starting in 2024, […]

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  • New York City’s Green New Deal announced

      In occasion of the celebration of Earth Day 2019, New York City’s Mayor, Bill DeBlasio, announced an ambitious plan “OneNYC 2050” to make the city ready for the changes and challenges of the 21st century. The aim of the plan is a resilient, modern and carbon-neutral city by 2050. Some of the measures announced […]

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  • 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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