• The case for climate-responsive urban design

      The recent heatwave has been exacerbating the urban heat island effect in many cities. As more and more people are moving into urban areas, bringing more cars, more asphalt roads, more parking lots, urban planning should take into consideration the changing climate patterns. Large metropolitan areas all around the world are rediscovering the importance […]

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  • New York tops American greenest smart cities

      According to the Eden Strategy Institute, New York tops the list of the 10 Smart City Governments in the U.S.. The city has split its smart city initiatives between the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, and the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer. Together they are focusing […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • DSNY is looking for solutions to increase recycling and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

      The NY Department of Sanitation, in collaboration with the Department of Transportation, is looking to green up its operations with a call for creative solutions that will: increase waste diversion, including by reduction, reuse, and recycling reduce the volume of consolidated material set out on City sidewalks reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and greenhouse […]

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  • Babcock Ranch becomes first US solar-powered town

    Babcock Ranch, Florida, an 18,000-acre community is the first solar-powered town in the U.S. Babcock earned platinum, the highest, designation from the Florida Green Building Coalition, for development strategies around solar energy, tree preservation, water efficiency, and native plant and sustainable material usage. In addition, it has free solar charging stations. More and more communities […]

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  • Green cities get more investments

      A recent study by the University of Amsterdam has found that greener cities attract more foreign direct investments. Researchers considered a comprehensive sample of 185 Chinese cities of different sizes over a seven-year period, and concluded that air and water pollution reductions pay off in terms of increasing foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows.   Read […]

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  • Cities Initiative to Deploy 2.8GW of Renewables by 2021

    The newly launched American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator aims to reach 2.8 gigawatts of renewables being deployed by cities nationwide by 2021. The program spearheaded by  Rocky Mountain Institute, World Resources Institute and the city of Minneapolis, is backed by Bloomberg Philanthropies which has committed $70 million to encourage climate action at the municipal level. Read more …

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  • Report shows the benefit of green strategies for three American cities

    The “Delivering Urban Resilience” report provides an in-depth analysis of the costs and benefits of applying alternative solutions including cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV, and permeable and reflective pavements and road surfaces across three American cities: El Paso, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Written by Greg Kats, president of Capital E, an early stage investor […]

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