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2012's Best Smart Growth Projects, According to the EPA

2012's Best Smart Growth Projects, According to the EPA | green streets | Scoop.it
A food store in Vermont, rezoning in Portsmouth, and five other neat efforts.

'The Environmental Protection Agency announced seven winners of its 2012 National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement recently. As I have noted in the past, the smart growth awards are given for creative, outstanding initiatives that protect the health and the environment of our communities while also strengthening local economies...'

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Six Urbanist Themes for 2012

Six Urbanist Themes for 2012 | green streets | Scoop.it
From Twitter to "third places," here are some innovative urban ideas that aren't going away...

Based on my professional experiences and featured articles in 2011, there are several themes that I expect will also endure in 2012. Here is a synthesis of themes to watch, and why, based on my own encounters, and those of clients and friends. As illustration, I offer citation to several of my articles as they reappeared in Planetizen (after original appearance myurbanist, The Atlantic, Sustainable Cities Collective and Crosscut among others). The themes span six subject areas, below...

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The 10 Emerging Sustainable Cities to Watch in 2012

The 10 Emerging Sustainable Cities to Watch in 2012 | green streets | Scoop.it
Whether they benefit from visionary leaders, flourishing social enterprise, or commitment from community activists, the following 10 cities are well worth a visit to experience their transformation and resilience.

When “green,” “sustainable” or resilient cities come to mind, the usual suspects crop up: Portland, Amsterdam, San Francisco and even high-tech Abu Dhabi score plenty of attention. As more cities push their green agenda the way they promote business opportunities or local tourism, some cities are way ahead of others. Mayors now try to jockey themselves to the front of the sustainability beauty contest with some cities here in the United States showing far more success (Chicago) than others that miserably fail (Los Angeles). Around the world are many cities that have responsive government, vibrant passion at the grass roots level, or both...

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Time Square’s New Year’s LED ball

Time Square’s New Year’s LED ball | green streets | Scoop.it
New Years Eve 2012 will mark the symbolic end of the Edison era. Millions of Americans will herald in 2012, and the dawn of higher efficiency lighting standards, with their eyes directed onto LED lighting when the ball drops in New York’s Times Square.

Incandescent lightbulbs gleamed down on exuberant New Yorkers beginning in 1907. It took more than a century for that to change. An array of 526 LED lights will now illuminate the numerals of a giant ‘2012′ sign to officially begin the new year.

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