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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 08:17
Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced that the city of Houston will convert 165,000 streetlights to low emissions light-emitting diode (LED) lights, making it the largest project of its kind in the United States. Replacing the lights will reduce the city’s streetlight energy usage by 50 percent, cut municipal greenhouse gas emissions by five percent and save the city US$28 million. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 08:06
The Edmonton Transit System (ETS), the public transit service owned and operated by the city of Edmonton, Canada, has begun testing two electric buses, known as ETS Stealth buses. The buses run quietly and cleanly and are more cost-effective to fuel and maintain than the diesel engine buses currently used. Operated entirely on electricity, ETS Stealth buses have no exhaust pipes and generate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 12:18
It's early morning and local commuters are queuing up for tickets at the Kirti Nagar railway station in the Indian capital, Delhi. Along the tracks, another crowd is gathering - each person on his own, separated by a modest distance. They are among the 48% of Indians who do not have access to proper sanitation. Coming from a slum close-by, they squat among the few trees and bushes along the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 09:07
If you thought the decline in immunization levels must be in India's rural areas, you would be surprised to learn that the decline seen in high performing states seems to have happened largely among the urban poor in peri-urban and newly urbanized areas due to rapid urbanization leaving these areas neither rural nor fully urban. According to an article in the latest issue of the Indian Journal... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 08:57
“Once there was the Stone Age, then the Bronze Age, and now we are in the middle of the Plastic Age.” So begins 19-year-old Boyan Slat’s TEDx Talk on clearing plastic pollution from the sea. The Dutch teenager has been all over local news lately — a shaggy-haired wunderkind inspiring old and young alike. Slat is taking time off from his aerospace engineering studies at the Technische... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 08:26
Royal College of Art graduate Diana Simpson Hernandez has designed the percussion shaker SPARK, which converts the energy from playing it into electricity. Users can plug in a light or charge up a mobile phone, simply through having a music jam. The project called Shake Your Power was conceived and is led by Faithless percussionist Sudha Kheterpal, and is about bringing clean energy to places in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 08:03
A senior Chinese government official has admitted that most major Chinese cities fail national standards for good air quality. Li Ganjie, a vice minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, gave a positive spin to the launch of the 2013 Report on the State of China's Environment, but did not disguise all its bad news on the severe levels of air, water and soil pollution brought by years... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 07:35
Walkable real estate development projects and places are on the rise nationwide, but certain metro regions are progressing faster than others, according to a new report released today by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University School of Business in conjunction with LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, a program of Smart Growth America.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 11:41
Architecture for Humanity, the non-profit responsible for propagating designers and designs around the world that “give a damn,” has named its latest Executive Director. After co-founders Kate Stohr and Cameron Sinclair announced their decision to step down in September of last year, the organization began a global search for the person who would replace them. Today, the Board of Directors has... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 08:32
This time last year we shared ten awesome sustainability ideas from cities, and now we’re doing it again. These ideas are taken from the 2014 Sustainia 100 report – an “annual guide to 100 innovative sustainability solutions from around the world” that launches today. One chapter in the report focuses specifically on city solutions, and this year’s ten are below. All these ideas are already in... Read more