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6 New Year's Resolutions for Better City Life | Sustainable Cities Collective

6 New Year's Resolutions for Better City Life | Sustainable Cities Collective | green streets | Scoop.it

(by Cristiana StravaIt) 

It's the time of year again when we take stock of the old and pledge to be better in the new. Since our goal at Polis is to foster dialogue and cooperation for improving city life, I'm proposing a short list of New Year's resolutions to help us all live better urban lives...

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An overview of practices and programs that enable a more sustainable and engaged approach to urban design and planning on the community scale.


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1. Cycle and Recycle

2. Use Public Transport (More)

3. Get Involved in Your Community

4. Explore

5. Make a Map

6. Support Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens

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What Communities Should Do To Protect Against Climate Change

What Communities Should Do To Protect Against Climate Change | green streets | Scoop.it
Nine low-tech steps we can take to mitigate the effects of global warming.

Over the past 50 years, our average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in history. That is fact; this is not abstract, nor are the effects limited to the developing world.

 

These changes will have - indeed, are already having - major effects on our cities, suburbs, and towns.

 There are many things we can and must do to reduce the warming trajectory. First among these is reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, the most common and potent greenhouse gas, particularly by transitioning to a clean energy economy. But turning this ship around is going to take time, even under the best scenarios.

Meanwhile, there are also measures we need to take right now inside our communities so that we are as prepared as possible for the warmer climate ahead. Some of them are related to technology, of course, perhaps including personal technology.

This article focuses on a few things that we can and should do for our cities, suburbs and towns that are low-tech. What’s below is by no means a definitive or complete list, but it’s a start...

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Shareable: 25 Ways to Enliven Your Neighborhood

Shareable: 25 Ways to Enliven Your Neighborhood | green streets | Scoop.it

The neighborhood is the basic building block of human civilization, whether in a big city, small town or suburban community. It’s also where you have the most influence in making a better world.

 

These suggestions, drawn from 'The Great Neighborhood Book' (a collaboration with Project for Public Spaces), are focused on strengthening the sense of community and spirit of the commons by providing people with ways to come together as friends, neighbors and citizens.

That creates a firm foundation that enables a neighborhood to solve problems and seize opportunities...

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