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Chicago's Riverwalk Project: Revitalization, public space + community identity

Chicago's Riverwalk Project: Revitalization, public space + community identity | Sustainable Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans in November to expand the city’s Riverwalk by six blocks, tying public space along Lake Michigan to the confluence of the river’s three branches at Wolf Point.

 

Conceptual plans establish identities for each of the six blocks from State Street west to Lake Street.

 

The project is intended to draw more recreation to the riverfront, presumably to include kayaking at the Cove and the Marina, and fishing at the jetty. After the state committed $10 million to clean up the Chicago River, the Environmental Protection Agency followed suit, ordering a cleanup for the wastewater-ridden waterway downtown that would be comprehensive enough to make stretches actually clean enough for swimming.

 

The design team for the expansion is composed of Sasaki Associates, Alfred Benesch & Co., Ross Barney Architects, and Jacobs/Ryan Associates.

 

Visit the link to learn more about this large-scale revitalization effort and development of green public space in Chicago.


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How Climate Change Is Fueling the Miami Real Estate Boom

How Climate Change Is Fueling the Miami Real Estate Boom | Sustainable Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
As a city sitting virtually at sea level, Miami has been called ground zero for the problems posed by climate change, a place where rising sea levels threaten its future existence.
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With current rising water levels now and expected to continue what will the future of housing mean for owners of parcels like these Miami condos? 

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Design Bureau » Designing to Build

Design Bureau » Designing to Build | Sustainable Green Real Estate | Scoop.it

The East Harlem School mission is righteous, but dead serious: to provide an affordable, rigorous academic program for low-income families, and to embrace creativity and ambition with a no-nonsense attitude.


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Obama gives green energy funds a jump-start - Reuters

Obama gives green energy funds a jump-start - Reuters | Sustainable Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Obama gives green energy funds a jump-start Reuters Another outgrowth of green energy will be smart- and micro-grids.
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Obama, Housing and the Next Big Heist - CounterPunch

Obama, Housing and the Next Big Heist - CounterPunch | Sustainable Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Obama, Housing and the Next Big Heist CounterPunch “Part of our rebuilding effort must also involve our housing sector. Today, our housing market is finally healing from the collapse of 2007.
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Infographic: Companies unprepared to address resource scarcities

Infographic:  Companies unprepared to address resource scarcities | Sustainable Green Real Estate | Scoop.it

New research shows that many businesses around the world won’t start planning until 2018. Is this too late?

Despite widespread warnings of resource scarcity over the next few decades, a significant proportion of global businesses are not prepared to address the predicted shortfall, according to new research by Carbon Trust.
The U.K.-based organization’s survey of 475 executives in the U.S., Brazil, China, Korea and the U.K. revealed while a majority acknowledged that their companies would have to charge more for their products and services as a result of resource constraints, 43 percent are not monitoring risks posed by incidents such as energy price increases and environmental disasters. Over 50 percent have not developed goals to reduce their company’s consumption of water, waste production or carbon emissions...

View the Carbon Trust infographic for more details on the survey.


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The earth is bounded and its resources finite. Hopefully it will be a proactive and not reactive decision to do what is critical to the sustainability of the earth. Spread the word....

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And, the construction sector is woefully unprepared...

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Sustainable Energy Stands Out in 2012 Platts Global Energy Award | XS4GREEN.com | Makes green products visible

Sustainable Energy Stands Out in 2012 Platts Global Energy Award | XS4GREEN.com | Makes green products visible | Sustainable Green Real Estate | Scoop.it

Sustainable Energy Stands Out in 2012 @Platts Global Energy Award http://t.co/JkI6BpuK #business...

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Chicago's Riverwalk Project: Revitalization, public space + community identity

Chicago's Riverwalk Project: Revitalization, public space + community identity | Sustainable Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans in November to expand the city’s Riverwalk by six blocks, tying public space along Lake Michigan to the confluence of the river’s three branches at Wolf Point.

 

Conceptual plans establish identities for each of the six blocks from State Street west to Lake Street.

 

The project is intended to draw more recreation to the riverfront, presumably to include kayaking at the Cove and the Marina, and fishing at the jetty. After the state committed $10 million to clean up the Chicago River, the Environmental Protection Agency followed suit, ordering a cleanup for the wastewater-ridden waterway downtown that would be comprehensive enough to make stretches actually clean enough for swimming.

 

The design team for the expansion is composed of Sasaki Associates, Alfred Benesch & Co., Ross Barney Architects, and Jacobs/Ryan Associates.

 

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Green Grows Up: The Many Faces of Today's LEED Homes

Green Grows Up: The Many Faces of Today's LEED Homes | Sustainable Green Real Estate | Scoop.it

What does a LEED certified home look like architecturally? And how does it compare with what a sustainable house should look like? 

A LEED certified home, as you’re about to see from the photos in this article, can pretty much look like anything you want. The strength (and weakness) of the LEED for Homes rating system is that it attempts to reconcile sustainable building objectives with the current reality of the green building market and the range of options that are realistically available to the majority of people...


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On Our Radar: Is Styrofoam Doomed in New York? - Green Blog ...

On Our Radar: Is Styrofoam Doomed in New York? - Green Blog ... | Sustainable Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Mayor Bloomberg calls for a ban, pointing out that plastic foam "is virtually impossible to recycle" and never biodegrades.
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Real Estate News: Using Smell to Make a Sale - Wall Street Journal (blog)

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Wall Street Journal (blog) Real Estate News: Using Smell to Make a Sale Wall Street Journal (blog) A House by Any Other Name: Once the provenance of grand estates, names are becoming more casual—and much sillier.
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Beautiful? Behold the most-used real estate listing words - Los Angeles Times

Beautiful? Behold the most-used real estate listing words - Los Angeles Times | Sustainable Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Beautiful? Behold the most-used real estate listing words Los Angeles Times Nationwide, “beautiful” was the most frequent word in listings last year, according to a study of 300,000 listings conducted last year by Point2Homes, an online listing and...
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How to get ahead in sustainable living.

How to get ahead in sustainable living. | Sustainable Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
The GuardianHow to get ahead in ... sustainable livingThe GuardianAdvising tenants on how to reduce their carbon footprint and cut their energy costs is becoming part of the core skills expected of frontline housing officers.
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Sustainable living starts with healthy homes and having these core sustainable principles to all aspects of our built environment.

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Moladi – innovations in affordable housing "empowering people. Award Blog"

Moladi – innovations in affordable housing "empowering people. Award Blog" | Sustainable Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
@Africare Fight poverty with innovation - empowering people - producing homes http://t.co/yyXm11af @moladi #Africa #Housing #entrepreneur...
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A Wake Up Call | Making our future sustainable

A Wake Up Call | Making our future sustainable | Sustainable Green Real Estate | Scoop.it

 A sustainable future calls for everyone to get on a path of climate-smart development: http://t.co/TrxgMi6e Rt @WorldBank:

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