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Detroit Is Turning Vacant Lots Into Sponges for Stormwater

Detroit Is Turning Vacant Lots Into Sponges for Stormwater | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
When it comes to green infrastructure, the city’s got plenty of parcels to work with.
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Here's an informative article about a fantastic initiative in Detroit, Michigan.
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Can Planting More Milkweed Save Monarch Butterflies? It's Complicated

Can Planting More Milkweed Save Monarch Butterflies? It's Complicated | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Conservationists have long blamed farmers' use of pesticides for decimating the milkweed that monarch caterpillars like to eat. But scientists say simply planting more milkweed isn't the answer.
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Terreform ONE unveils mushroom chair grown out of fungi in just seven days

Terreform ONE unveils mushroom chair grown out of fungi in just seven days | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Terreform ONE unveiled their new mushroom chaise made out of fungi at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
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Regenerative design at its best!
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California Governor Makes Some Water Restrictions Permanent

California Governor Makes Some Water Restrictions Permanent | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Amid a persistent drought, Gov. Jerry Brown is permanently banning wasteful water practices like hosing pavement. His executive order does allow some districts to loosen water restrictions, though.
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For This Vineyard, It's Duck, Duck, Booze

For This Vineyard, It's Duck, Duck, Booze | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
You've heard about the running of the bulls — how about the running of the birds? Each morning, hundreds of ducks are released to patrol a Cape Town vineyard.
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'Agrihoods' Offer Suburban Living Built Around Community Farms, Not Golf Courses

'Agrihoods' Offer Suburban Living Built Around Community Farms, Not Golf Courses | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
The model takes the idea of farm-to-table to the next level.
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Swapping The Street For The Orchard, City Dwellers Take Their Pick Of Fruit

Swapping The Street For The Orchard, City Dwellers Take Their Pick Of Fruit | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Urban foragers don't just pick their meals from the trash; many eat only the finest, freshest produce — picked from city trees. The League of Urban Canners harvests fruit from trees to make jam.
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Hyderabad Man Invents Groundbreaking Edible Cutlery To Combat The Ill-Effects Of Plastic

Hyderabad Man Invents Groundbreaking Edible Cutlery To Combat The Ill-Effects Of Plastic | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
This is an article on the harmful effects of plastic and an alternate solution, edible cutlery | indiatimes.com
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World’s largest green roof unveiled in the heart of Silicon Valley

World’s largest green roof unveiled in the heart of Silicon Valley | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Architect Rafael Viñoly and Olin Landscape Architects have unveiled designs for the world’s largest green roof in Cupertino, California.
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Third U.S. City Goes 100% Renewable

Third U.S. City Goes 100% Renewable | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Aspen is one of three U.S. cities to run on 100 percent renewable energy. First two cities to reach the goal were Burlington, Vermont and Greensburg, Kansas
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Can Regenerative Design Save the Planet?

Can Regenerative Design Save the Planet? | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
A Vancouver building illustrates how architecture can make an active, positive contribution to the environment.
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India’s New “Green Cities” Are Devoid of All Street Life – Next City

India’s New “Green Cities” Are Devoid of All Street Life – Next City | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Solar panels abound, but there’s no mass transit and pedestrians are non-existent.
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Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places

Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Welcome to APA's initiative on developing standards for comprehensive plans. APA's work in developing these standards grew out of a larger APA initiative, Sustaining Places. A key element of Sustaining Places was the creation of a Sustaining Places Task Force. The task force's work culminated in a report recommending that plans should be able to be accredited as sustaining places comprehensive plans if they embody certain principles, best practices, and characteristics.
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APA is searching for pilot communities to help refine the plan standards and accreditation program. See the application form for how to apply!
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Meet The Family Growing 6,000 Pounds Of Food A Year In Their L.A. Backyard

Meet The Family Growing 6,000 Pounds Of Food A Year In Their L.A. Backyard | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
This family of four produces upward of 6,000 pounds of produce a year on their tenth-of-an-acre property—nicknamed the Urban Homestead.
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This New Neighborhood Will Grow Its Own Food, Power Itself, And Handle Its Own Waste

This New Neighborhood Will Grow Its Own Food, Power Itself, And Handle Its Own Waste | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
ReGen Village, outside of Amsterdam, doesn't need a grid or food systems. It's a model for a future, fully closed-loop settlement.
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Your Workout Data Might Be Helping Cities Build Safer Streets

Your Workout Data Might Be Helping Cities Build Safer Streets | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
As more people bike, cities are working on ways to keep them safe alongside cars. Now, transportation planners are turning to data from apps that cyclists and runners use to track themselves.
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Denver City Council okays use of 'graywater' to meet sustainability goals by the year 2020

Denver City Council okays use of 'graywater' to meet sustainability goals by the year 2020 | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
One-thousand graywater systems could save enough water to serve 125 households.
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From Poop To Power: Colorado Explores New Sources Of Renewable Energy

From Poop To Power: Colorado Explores New Sources Of Renewable Energy | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Europe has extracted natural gas from organic waste for about a decade, and now it's spreading to the U.S. In Colorado, efforts are under way to produce natural gas from human waste and food scraps.
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Pop-up farm stands at bus stops are pure brilliance

Pop-up farm stands at bus stops are pure brilliance | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Making fresh produce conveniently available to people in food deserts is an idea whose time has thankfully come.
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Epson unveils world’s first in-office paper recycling system

Epson unveils world’s first in-office paper recycling system | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Waste paper goes in; 3 minutes later, sheets of new A4 paper come out—at 14 ppm!
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Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development: John Tillman Lyle: 9780471178439: Amazon.com: Books

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Renew Cities: Planning for Sustainability: A New Year's Resolution

Renew Cities: Planning for Sustainability: A New Year's Resolution | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it

As the world exceeds 7 million inhabitants, global warming nears its tipping point and a majority of the earth’s citizens live in urban areas, visionary and action-oriented planning matters more than ever.

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On New Year's day, here's a little ditty I wrote in support of honest, sustainable planning.

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Suzette Jackson's curator insight, January 19, 2014 6:15 PM

What changes can we bring in 2014; renewing our cities! what will you do for your city?

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Sustainable Urban Metabolism: How green is your city?

Sustainable Urban Metabolism: How green is your city? | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it

In the book, “Sustainable Urban Metabolism,” newly published by MIT Press, the authors set out a new program for doing something that has not yet been achieved: understanding just how many resources cities consume, and establishing, in effect, a holistic framework for producing an environmental balance sheet for every city. “The world needs to make a shift to become more sustainable,” says Ferrão, who is the director of the MIT-Portugal Program. “Cities are really the engines of growth, so whatever is going to happen in the world will happen in cities, particularly consumption of material resources.” Indeed, some organizations estimate that about half the world’s people now live in cities, a number likely to increase.


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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, November 4, 2013 9:50 AM

A new book from MIT Press, “Sustainable Urban Metabolism,” newly published by MIT Press, the authors set out a new program for doing something that has not yet been achieved: understanding just how many resources cities consume, and establishing, in effect, a holistic framework for producing an environmental balance sheet for every city.