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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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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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'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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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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