3 big ways sustainable design will shape future cities

May 10, 2017 by  
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When it comes to the evolution of urban areas, think up and think fewer cars.

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No cars, no problem? Imagining a sustainable city

June 11, 2016 by  
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Sure, pollution-free, regenerative urban areas sound great. But what would that city actually look like?

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Navia Driverless Electric Shuttle Reduces Traffic (and Pollution) in Pedestrian-Heavy Urban Areas

December 31, 2012 by  
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Google may have captured all the headlines with its driverless cars , but it’s not the only one experimenting with autonomous vehicles. Induct , a mobility solutions firm based in France, has developed a driverless electric shuttle designed for use in pedestrian-heavy areas such as airport parking lots, shopping malls, business parks and universities. Called “ Navia “, the shuttle can provide an on-demand, planet-friendly transportation in areas that existing vehicles cannot reach. Read the rest of Navia Driverless Electric Shuttle Reduces Traffic (and Pollution) in Pedestrian-Heavy Urban Areas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: driverless vehicle , electric vehicle , green transportation , Induct , mobility , Navia , urban areas , wireless charging

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10 tips to improve your buildings’ operational efficiency

August 9, 2012 by  
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With commercial buildings accounting for up to 75 percent of the energy used and 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas, it's critical that they operate more efficiently.

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How the world’s trash problem presents profit opportunity

August 9, 2012 by  
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With the volume of global solid waste projected to double by 2025, waste management companies are sitting pretty, even as other businesses seek to slash their waste.

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"If You Want to Save the Planet, Move to New York"

September 21, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: joiseyshowaa via Flickr/CC BY-SA Cities are the future. More than 50% of the globe’s population now lives in urban areas. By 2050, 70% will. In China, the most populous nation in the world, 120 cities have over 1 million residents. Some have over 20 million. This trend grants us some fantastic opportunities in improving worldwide sustainability, mostly because the population density of cities makes them more inherently efficient. Which is why Janette Sadik-Khan, the Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Transportation, pr… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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White Roof Project: Cools NYC One Roof At A Time

July 5, 2011 by  
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Urban cities are hot. They are full of heat-trapping tar, pavements and dark surfaces that absorb heat and increase ambient temperatures. This is called the Heat Island Effect and is responsible for increased urban temperatures compared to adjoining suburban areas. According to the EPA- black surfaces in the sun can become up to 70°F hotter than the most reflective white surfaces. The effects of the Urban Heat Island are obvious- higher energy use to cool this excess heat that leads to higher stress on the power grid and increased pollution. Image Credit: White Roof Project One initiative in New York City is helping cool it down- by painting roofs white! On a clear night, the temperature in a city with 1 million people or more can be up to 22°F hotter than nearby suburbs (Source: White Roof Project). Clearly, this a problem. The White Roof Project with the help of the community identifies buildings that might be eligible for white roof coating. A number of benefits of white roofs are listed on their website: “White roofs can reduce summer energy use by 10–30%, saving money and preventing pollution. They can reduce the Urban Heat Island effect by 1° to 2° F – enough to lower peak energy demand, reducing the risk of brownouts and blackouts.” Further a white roof saves money on roof repairs, as black roofs are prone to warping and cracking.  A white roof can also extend the life of a buildings cooling equipment by decreasing use.  Check this cool infographic on how white roofs can help! The White Roof Project was conceived by a group of motivated individuals at the  Manhattan Young Democrats along with their partners- the Sierra Club, 350.org, NYC° CoolRoofs and White Tops, who want to foster community change and help stop climate change. Not only are they helping bring ambient temperatures down, but their projects help increase climate change awareness and give city habitants a common sense of purpose . Community members are encouraged to help identify roofs and donate crucial “paint and materials”. Once the required permissions are obtained, volunteers are invited to help paint roofs. Then after the job is done, they celebrate. Drinks on the roof!  

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Creating an Oasis in the Food Desert

December 1, 2009 by  
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Image credit: Good Nestled amid many urban areas, and even some rural areas, are food deserts : places dominated by convenience stores that sell only highly processed snacks and junk food. Living in one of these places can lead to higher rates of obesity and diabetes

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London Restoring Water Fountains, Giving Citizens Free Drinking Water

November 20, 2009 by  
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Photo via Maurice When did water fountains become more of a novelty than an expectation in urban areas? And when did their restoration become news

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