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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

June 15, 2017
New Design Guide Offers Stormwater Solutions
Next City

The Urban Street Stormwater Guide makes the case that green stormwater infrastructure can be combined with transportation infrastructure projects to help cities meet their stormwater management goals, save money and, in some cases, make streets safer for walking and biking.

Why the World Needs ‘Blue Urbanism’
Citiscope

Last week, the U.N. wrapped up its first Ocean Conference with a call to action. Nations pledged to do their part to deliver a global goal to protect life under water — one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that went into effect last year. But cities weren’t mentioned.

June 13, 2017
California Mayors Make Zero Emissions Pledge at Ports
Next Gen Transportation News

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia have signed an agreement that sets ambitious goals for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to make the transition to zero emissions in their Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).

US Cities Don’t Need Paris for Climate Change
Fortune

From New York to Houston to Anchorage, hundreds of mayors reacted to President Donald Trump’s announcement to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement by reasserting or even intensifying their commitment to fighting climate change.

June 12, 2017
CA’s Greenhouse Emissions Inch Downward
San Francisco Chronicle

California officials, determined to fight climate change, have ordered deep cuts in the state’s emission of greenhouse gases. But new figures illustrate just how difficult that process can be.

Giant ‘Manta Ray’ Could Purify Seoul’s River
Inhabitat

What if our city infrastructure could also repair the damage we’ve done to nature? Vincent Callebaut’s Manta Ray is an experimental landscape design that aims to sustainably restore the natural environment in Seoul.

ULI’s CEO on Sustainability
Urban Land Institute

The forces that have shaped the institutionalization of sustainability and its wide adoption are not going away. In fact, they are going to become stronger and more prevalent in the years ahead.

June 11, 2017
Is Detroit’s Vacant Land Reviving the Honeybee Population?
PBS News Hour

A study released by the University of Michigan in May appears to show the city’s economic struggles may have also created positive ecological influences for a portion of Detroit, where researchers found higher bumblebee populations than less-urbanized areas of the state.

Michigan Gov. Signs Brownfield Redevelopment Bills
The Detroit News

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Thursday that would allow developers to receive up to 50 percent of taxes for up to 20 years to help recuperate the cost of building on the site.

S.F. Joins 11 Cities in Posting Deleted Climate Data
S.F. Gate

More than a month after the Trump administration purged data tracking climate change from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, the numbers are going back online in some unexpected places.

‘Pollution Pods’ Provide a Whiff of the Air of World Cities
LiveScience

Visitors to the Starmus Festival — an annual celebration of science, art and culture that will be held June 17 to 23 in Trondheim, Norway, this year — will be able to breathe deeply and compare city smells, thanks to the creators of a large-scale art installation.

June 8, 2017
The Indicators That Compose CalEnviroScreen
OEHHA California

An indicator is a measure of either environmental conditions, in the case of pollution burden indicators, or health and vulnerability factors for population characteristic indicators.

Accidental Wetlands Are Good for Cities
Discover Magazine

What’s so bad about wetlands? These mucky, sometimes mosquito-ridden landscapes have a bad reputation, but they offer benefits to their neighborhoods too.

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