• 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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  • Only a few US cities meet their climate goals according to ACEEE

      Although US cities took on more than 265 initiatives between 2017 and April 201, the majority of them are not on track to meet their climate goals, according to the latest scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).  The scorecard ranks cities on more than 50 metrics, and the results show […]

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  • Cities are switching to smart streetlight infrastructure

      Cities all over the world are trading metal-halide and high-pressure sodium streetlights for LED lights. The bright lights of LEDs offer increased security and safety, in addition to energy and cost savings. But, there’s more. Making streetlight infrastructure smart offers a host of advantages. Lights can be lowered when there aren’t cars or citizens […]

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  • Reducing the carbon in concrete

      A Canadian startup is tackling the large amount of carbon emitted during the production of cement. CarbonCure’s technology reduces the embodied carbon of concrete. The company’s strategy is to install its equipment into concrete plants, while at the same time developing its technology to reduce carbon emissions even more aggressively in the future. CarbonCure’s […]

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  • Utrecht introduces green roofs on bus shelters to promote air quality and biodiversity

      The Dutch city of Utrecht has covered 316 bus shelters with greenery, mainly made up of sedum plants. The shelters foster urban biodiversity by supporting honeybees, bumblebees and other forms of life, and they also help capture fine dust and store rainwater. But the efforts towards sustainability at the bus stop don’t end there: […]

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  • Walkability on the rise in US metro areas

      According to the 2019 Foot Traffic Ahead report, by the George Washington School of Business the trend towards increasing walkable urban spaces is affecting all the major American metro areas, including smaller ones like Phoenix and Tampa. The report examines the walkable urbanism in 30 of the largest metropolitan areas, as well as their projected […]

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  • Food forests, a new urban space on the rise

      Atlanta and Philadelphia are two American cities spearheading the introduction of a new urban element: the food forest. An amped up version of community gardens, food forests are large parks planted with hundreds of fruit-bearing trees and edible plants that visitors are allowed to gather for free for their own consumption. Food forests are […]

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  • Ikea is working on stylish portable solar panels with artist Olafur Eliasson

    Scandinavian artist Olafur Eliasson has partnered with IKEA to produce small stylish solar panels to store and provide power. The Sammanlänkad is designed to be hanged by the window to collect energy during the day. Still at a prototype stage, this cute gadget won’t definitely replace your solar panels on the roof, but in the […]

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  • Electric ferries coming to Niagara Falls

    When it comes to reducing CO2 emissions from transport, water transportation has been mostly overlooked so far, but this is going to change very soon. In San Francisco, the Red & White Fleet, one of the city’s oldest tour guide companies, operates a hybrid ferry that runs on lithium-ion batteries carrying up to 600 passengers […]

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  • ASCE’s International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2019

    This year, the American Society of Civil Engineers International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure will take place in Los Angeles on November 7-9. This event brings together architects, civil engineers, infrastructure managers, policy makers, and technology experts to provide a showcase for the latest developments and advancements in design, construction, technology, policy, and education related to […]

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