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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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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.

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A Carbon Tax That America Could Live With

A Carbon Tax That America Could Live With | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
A carbon fee would be a less invasive way than regulation to change people’s behavior and reduce carbon emissions. And it could be designed in a politically palatable way, an economist says.
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Models of Sustainability: Sweden Runs Out of Garbage

Models of Sustainability: Sweden Runs Out of Garbage | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Due to Sweden’s innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, the Scandinavian nation faces an interesting dilemma. They have run out of trash.
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Slideshow: Raise the Roof | Dwell

Slideshow: Raise the Roof | Dwell | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
"From the United States to Poland to South Korea, living roofs have taken off. They provide natural insulation, help control with runoff, and pack a slew of cool features—it's no wonder these building canopies have gained in popularity. We've gathered some of the most interesting and unexpected green roofs planted with everything from sod to succulents here for your viewing pleasure."
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Changing Skyline: High-quality homes for low-income Philadelphians

Changing Skyline: High-quality homes for low-income Philadelphians | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it

"This is low-income housing superior to anything Philadelphia has done in half a century. Not only are the rowhouses stylish and modern both inside and out, they are among the most energy-efficient ever built in the United States. Produced by Onion Flats, the quirky firm that designs, builds, develops, and sometimes markets its own residential projects, the homes are the first in Pennsylvania to be certified by the demanding International Passive House Institute, based in Germany. Nationally, there are about 30 projects that qualify as "passive" because their energy consumption is near zero, and several more without certification.

 

Stuffed with insulation and topped with rooftop solar panels, the Logan houses are designed to produce almost as much energy as the owners use. That's important because they will be occupied by the poorest of the poor, families who are trying to escape the nomadic life of homeless shelters and temporary quarters, and put down roots. With annual incomes of less than $25,000, the last thing residents need is high energy bills."

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Portland downtown plan update begins with nationally renowned blueprint of 1972 as the guide

Portland downtown plan update begins with nationally renowned blueprint of 1972 as the guide | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
As planners and civic leaders prepare their vision for the central city through 2035, they face very different challenges than their predecessors.
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Cornell Tech Releases New Renderings of Net-Zero Campus on Roosevelt Island | Inhabitat New York City

Cornell Tech Releases New Renderings of Net-Zero Campus on Roosevelt Island | Inhabitat New York City | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Cornell Tech releases new renderings of its 12.5 acre campus on Roosevelt Island designed by SOM and Morphosis, which features what will be one of the largest energy neutral buildings in the US.
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Pushing the Boundaries of Mixed-Use Design

Pushing the Boundaries of Mixed-Use Design | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Completed in 2006, architect and urban planner Christian de Portzamparc completed one of the most unique mixed-use developments in recent years, De Citadel.
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UNISDR - How to make cities more resilient: A Handbook for Local Government Authorities

UNISDR - How to make cities more resilient: A Handbook for Local Government Authorities | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it

"This handbook provides mayors, governors, councillors and other local government leaders with a generic framework for risk reduction and points to good practices and tools that are already being applied in different cities for that purpose. It discusses why building disaster resilience is beneficial; what kind of strategies and actions are required; and how to go about the task. It offers practical guidance to understand and take action on the 'Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient' as set out in the global campaign 'Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!'. "

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Visions of the future

Visions of the future | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
In the current peak-oil situation, building sustainable cities has become a necessity. While the world wakes up to this fact, Hyderabad's cyber city area continues to grow in an unplanned manner. Cities bring to mind squalor, ...
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Vienna's Carbon Neutral Neighborhood

Vienna's Carbon Neutral Neighborhood | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Vienna builds Europe's largest carbon-zero neighborhood. Photo Credit: luca.sartoni via Flickr.
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Cities Take the Lead on Tackling Climate Change | WRI Insights

Cities Take the Lead on Tackling Climate Change | WRI Insights | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it

Climate change may not have been on the official Rio+20 agenda, but that didn’t stop mayors from megacities around the world from making major headway on the issue. At the Rio+20 conference on Tuesday, the network of C40 city leaders announced a huge new commitment to address global climate change through local action: They will reduce 1.3 billion metric tons of carbon emissions by 2030.


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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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North Carolina Bans Use of Latest Science on Rising Sea Level - ABC News

North Carolina Bans Use of Latest Science on Rising Sea Level - ABC News | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
A new law in North Carolina will ban the state from basing coastal policies on the latest scientific predictions of how much the sea level will rise, prompting environmentalists to accuse the state of disrespecting climate science.
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Amazing new house proves that green doesn’t have to mean expensive

Amazing new house proves that green doesn’t have to mean expensive | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
"In a tough neighborhood in Washington, D.C., the new Empowerhouse generates all of its own energy and captures all the rainwater that falls on site. And it didn’t cost a million bucks to build."
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Bjarke Ingels: Hedonistic sustainability | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Bjarke Ingels' architecture is luxurious, sustainable and community-driven. In this talk, he shows us his playful designs, from a factory chimney that blows smoke rings to a ski slope built atop a waste processing plant.
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Calling on Fans of Transit: Get in the Game | Rob Perks's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Calling on Fans of Transit: Get in the Game | Rob Perks's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
As someone who commutes to work on the Metro, I'm a big fan of public transportation. The other day, as I was persusing the sports section of the Washington Post, I came across a great story about a super fan.
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Pervious Concrete in Kansas City | Make It Right

Pervious Concrete in Kansas City | Make It Right | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it

Kansas City goes pervious! This photo shows workers in Kansas City's Manheim Park neighborhood using this sustainable strategy on roads and sidewalks. Pervious concrete helps reduce pollutants in our water and keeps streets from flooding during storms. (Photo: Green Impact Zone)

 

Pervious concrete is a special type of concrete with a high porosity used for concrete flatwork applications that allows water from precipitation and other sources to pass directly through, thereby reducing the runoff from a site and allowing groundwater recharge. (Wikipedia)

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Software Calculates City-Specific Carbon Footprint : NPR

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is tough if you don't know exactly where those gases are coming from. Scientists at Arizona State University have invented a new way to pinpoint those sources — down to individual buildings and highways.
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8 Homes With Living Roofs - Forbes

8 Homes With Living Roofs - Forbes | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it

Forbes shares 20 gorgeous photos of meadow, lawn and garden rooftops while extolling the environmental and social virtues of green roofs.

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Project Aims to Harness Wave Energy Off the Oregon Coast

Project Aims to Harness Wave Energy Off the Oregon Coast | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Energy development groups will be watching closely when the first commercially licensed grid-connected wave-energy device in the nation is launched in October.
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Boston Plans For 'Near-Term Risk' Of Rising Tides : NPR

Boston Plans For 'Near-Term Risk' Of Rising Tides : NPR | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
In Boston, scientists are predicting that climate change will lead to dramatic sea level rise, and more frequent flooding, around the city.
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A Recycling Ideal So Close, Cities Can Smell It

A Recycling Ideal So Close, Cities Can Smell It | Renew Cities: Environmental Sustainability | Scoop.it
Places like Portland, Ore., and Seattle are cutting back on garbage collections, but the quest for “zero waste” comes at a pungent cost.
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