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[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 18, 2012 - 10:09
No matter their size or purpose, health-care facilities have two things in common: they generate lots of waste and consume huge amounts of energy. Disposing of contaminated medical waste is an expensive and growing problem for hospitals and research labs, with incineration now banned and landfilling options limited to facilities in Utah or Texas. But a process under development by a company co-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 18, 2012 - 09:56
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions trading, a market-based strategy for mitigating climate change, has been steadily growing over the past few years, and furnishing and building-product companies are among the industries adopting the practice. U.S. furniture systems manufacturer Haworth announced late last year that its Zody task chair had earned “Planet Positive” certification. The designation is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 09:39
When kids from the slum neighborhood of Bengaluru in Bangalore, South India learn to use free computer ‘open-source’ software, they also learn important lessons in freedom and gender equality. For a city full of shopping malls, big glass offices and stylish cars, Bangalore easily represents India’s best place for the upwardly mobile. No wonder the divide between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ also play... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 09:52
Building on the results of a consultation held in the Hague last month, Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD 2012) has presented constructive global private sector key messages to government and civil society representatives on the role of business and industry in delivering solutions to promote inclusive and green economies. These results will be fed into the negotiation process for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 09:25
Sana'a, the capital of Yemen is facing one of the most severe water crises of any city in the world, may have an answer in a startlingly simple project to help households reconfigure their onsite water storage systems to collect their own rainwater. The revolutions that swept the Arab world from Tunisia to Yemen have cast a new light on the region both in terms of its underlying issues and future... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 09:12
Two UN agencies and the World Bank today expressed appreciation at the launch of a pilot version of a Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions, designed to harmonize emissions measurement and reporting process for the world's cities. The protocol was released at the UNFCCC climate meetings in Bonn by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and ICLEI – Local Governments for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 12:15
The urban walking map and route planner helps you get around town on foot. Get a walking route map between any two points, including your journey time, calorie burn, step count and carbon saving. It’s quick, free, healthy and green. You may search for walking directions using a journey planner, or try one of the suggested walks at this link. More tailored information is provided once you explore... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 11:13
The Temasek Foundation is committing $100 million to fund philanthropic activities in Asia over the next five years, especially in technical education and urban planning. This matches the $20 million it has spent annually over the past five years on causes ranging from education to research and health care. It launched 139 programmes in 17 countries, benefiting 23,000 people over that period. Set... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 09:59
This fall, the University of Florida department of urban and regional planning in the College of Design, Construction and Planning will launch a new online master’s degree in urban and regional planning with specializations in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and sustainability. As all coursework is completed online. “This degree program is extremely flexible,” said Kristin Larsen, chair of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 09:45
Singapore's Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) to formalise cooperation in the area of land use and urban planning. Under the MoU, the two agencies will organise mutual visits, training courses and staff exchange programmes to facilitate the sharing of ideas, best practices and experiences in urban... Read more