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Is LEED v4 Better or Just Newer?Published Sustainable Cities Collective  8/20/2014
Although the latest incarnation of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system has been around for almost a year, projects have still been able to enjoy the more familiar likeness of LEED 2009. However, the window of time for the grace period of the system transition continues to close.read
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Toilet-To-Tap In Texas Towns Becomes A RealityPublished Sustainable Cities Collective  8/18/2014
The idea of wastewater to aid in water shortage situations isn’t all that new; treated wastewater is frequently used for industrial and landscaping purposes, and can equate to 2 billion gallons of water saved per year. Over 90% of the treated wastewater in the U.S. isn't recycled, and could be
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Growing in the Far North: Spring Creek Farm Cultivates Produce and Education in AlaskaPublished Sustainable Cities Collective  8/17/2014
Spring Creek Farm, founded by Louise Kellogg, houses Alaska Pacific University’s Kellogg Campus in Palmer, Alaska. “The goal was to create a campus for the University, a very small one,” says Steve Rubinstein, the director of APU’s graduate program in Outdoor and Environmental Education.read more
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Designing Tattnall Square Parks Rain GardensPublished Sustainable Cities Collective  8/16/2014
When the Friends of Tattnall Square Park first teamed up with Mercer engineering students to help to design a rain garden, we had no idea that the road to success would take months of planning, changes, revisions, and tweaking.read more
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Climate Change Bailouts: Too Big to Fail?Published Sustainable Cities Collective  8/16/2014
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Congress moved quickly to appropriate emergency relief funds. But what happens when sea-level rise and extreme weather events begin to affect every community in the United States at more or less the exact same time?read more
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Midwest Nonprofit Gives Voice to Women FarmersPublished Sustainable Cities Collective  8/16/2014
Bridget Holcomb, newly appointed executive director of the non-profit Women, Food & Agriculture, has always been interested in issues concerning sustainability. For her, it’s a no brainer that the current generation needs to live sustainably to improve the lives of future generations.read more
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Serious About Green Roofs: Four Things We NeedPublished Sustainable Cities Collective  8/13/2014
National specialists argued that as the cost of green roofs were the highest before an industry was established, and that this was the current case in South Africa, they didn’t “see the rationality of a developer wanting to do a green roof unless there is some type of compensation for them”.read
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Why Light Rail Isnt a Waste of MoneyPublished Sustainable Cities Collective  8/12/2014
Last weekend a friend of mine sent me an article talking about why trams, streetcars, and light rail are a waste of money. The argument is basically that steetcars are expensive, less efficient, and that we should instead be spending our scarce public dollars on more buses.read more
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How a Community Garden Can Be A Catalyst that Can Change A CityPublished Sustainable Cities Collective  8/12/2014
How do you change the mindsets and attitudes of officials who have their own fixed ways of doing things, set in stone when they themselves were trained? And how do you get a community that is not used to thinking for itself to take responsibility for developments in its own neighbourhood?
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São Paulos New Master Plan Prioritizes Sustainable Urban DevelopmentPublished Sustainable Cities Collective  8/11/2014
The largest city in Latin America has prioritized curbing car culture and making streets more pedestrian friendly. São Paulo’s new strategic master plan, unveiled on July 31, 2014, focuses on people-oriented development and improved public and non-motorized transport. read more
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