The Future for Renewables and Our Low Carbon Ecomony

1 month ago
There is no shortage of news headlines about upcoming changes in the U.S. With the presidential inauguration only just behind us, we are already seeing intense shifts in policy targeting changes in the health care system, immigration reform and the renegotiation of trade deals. In this time of transition it is important not to lose sight of what this means for the environment and the U.S.’s role in fighting global climate change.

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TCaine

Honda: Designing More Than Just Sustainable Cars

1 month ago
On the University of California’s Davis campus sits a live-in model of the future of home design. Known as the Honda Smart Home, the building boasts more than just curbside appeal. Using passive house design, rooftop solar panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and greywater capture, the Honda Smart Home was awarded the Best Demonstration Home of 2014 by Green Builder Media.

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Greenhouse Gnome

Urbanism By Any Other Name

1 month 1 week ago
In our ongoing quest for improving cities, we have come up with all manner of tactics for “good” urbanism, some of which even have organizations attached to their guiding principle. In my career, I’ve done my best to collect these approaches (so to speak) in an attempt to trace the disparate threads we in the urbanist community have woven over time.

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The Shift Towards Nature-based Recreation

1 month 1 week ago
Four Principles to be on the Cutting EdgeThe most prominent national recreation trend to emerge in the past 10 years, is the shift away from organized sports-oriented recreation to nature-based recreation. Demand for trails, wildlife viewing, and other nature-based recreation activities have nearly doubled in the past 20 years.  In a national poll by the National Recreation and Park Association, respondents listed being close to family and nature as well as being physically active as their top three reasons for visiting a park.

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Understanding Recyclable and Renewable Materials for Sustainable Living

1 month 1 week ago
Sustainability is a necessity in the 21st century. Both recyclable and renewable resources will aid in making the planet safer, greener, and better for future generations. Recycling is the practice of transforming waste products into new supplies and products. Renewable resources are resources that have the capability to be naturally and organically replaced in a set time period. With the impending threat of climate change, understanding the difference and spreading awareness about both recyclable and renewable materials for sustainability is essential.

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Philip Piletic

Preserving Trees on a Development Site: Contractor’s Best Practices

1 month 1 week ago
Good design preserves existing trees during a development project. However, the most tree-sensitive design will not be enough if tree-friendly building practices are not in place. Many times a tree that was damaged during development may not show symptoms of decline for a few years, so the cause and effect is often not obvious unless an arborist is consulted to determine the cause of the decline.

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