It is not primarily the fault of land developers that the American suburbs are thought to be dysfunctional and mundane. The blame belongs largely to the influence of boiler-plate zoning regulations combined with design consultants who seek the most minimum criteria allowed by city regulations.
Aaron Renn of Urbanophile and a fellow at the Manhattan Institute has produced a report, Wasted: How to Fix America’s Sewers, on the crushing financial impact on local jurisdictions of regulations promulgated by the EPA concerning discharge of untreated water into rivers and the security of water supplies.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has launched a U.S. chapter of its Circular Economy 100 (CE100) program, which brings together leading organizations with the objective of innovating, developing and implementing circular economy opportunities. The CE100 USA provides a national pre-competitive innovation platform addressing the specifics of the U.S. market. Among the first members of the CE100 USA are Arizona State University and the City of Phoenix.
Development pressures are threatening Istanbul's centuries-old gardens, which have produced food for the city's markets since Byzantine times. A coalition of gardeners and environmentalists is fighting to preserve them.
The newly-announced Fosen Vind project will comprise six wind farms with a combined capacity of 1,000 MW, more than the current total installed capacity in Norway and on track to become the largest of its type in Europe.
"By 2030, the world is projected to spend an estimated $10 trillion on repairing and expanding water infrastructure. Dams and treatment plants are aging, water demand is surging, and more frequent extreme weather events threaten our water security—each driving up water management cost."
Flora Moon's insight:
Use natural ecosystems for resilience...good reminder to look at nature's solutions!
Favorable tax policies, local incentives and net metering combine to make solar a great long term investment. So if you’re considering rooftop solar, Listen Up to this week’s Energy Show on Renewable Energy World.
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