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Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Dunbar

11 October 2016

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Madison Equities is investing in significant efficiency upgrades to a number of buildings in downtown St. Paul, overhauling their energy systems in an upgrade driven in part by tenants' interest in energy efficiency a...

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Jennifer Hattam

9 October 2016

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Bybi is an organization in Copenhagen, Denmark, which bridges the gap between refugees and locals by introducing urban beekeeping. By doing so they also ensure the local ecosystem thrives and there are employment and ...

Sustainability Pioneers

Kirsi Jansa

28 September 2016

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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In Boulder, CO, a group of concerned citizens and the city have been paving the way for the city of Boulder to be free of fossil fuel energy by 2030. Along the way, they are pressuring the state and the utility to go ...

Garden Collage

Temma Ehrenfeld

20 September 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

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In an effort to rebuild after Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake, Earthbags have become a growing method of sustainable, affordable construction. These bags are carefully filled with soil, and stacked on one another ...

Brokelyn

Sam Anderson

2 August 2016

New York, New York, United States

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In Brownsville a campaign called Solarize is working to drum up support for solar panels and then install them for free. By doing so they create demand for solar energy in the neighborhood, provide cheaper electricity...

Waste Dive

Cole Rosengren

2 August 2016

Hawaii, United States

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As news and awareness about plastic pollution gains traction, a host of companies are looking for answers. Startup ByFusion is one of the latest to join in with a plan to turn plastic that washes ashore into construct...

Government Technology

Ashish Sharma

1 July 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Twenty-first century cities face the factors of climate change with intensity as urban heating threatens human and the earth’s health. The University of Notre Dame has conducted research on green and cool roofing proj...

The Huffington Post

Magda Abu-Fadil

13 June 2016

Helinski, Finland

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Helinski's 'Smart Kalasatama' neighborhood is being planned by city officials, and supported by private investors, to be a vision for the future. Resource efficiency, technology start-ups and modern public transport a...

Bloomberg CityLab

Jessica Leigh Hester

4 June 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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When it comes to green infrastructure, Detroit's got plenty of parcels to work with. A look at their new plans to turn unused land into stormwater sponges.

Newsweek

Alec Appelbaum

30 May 2016

New York, New York, United States

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As climate change drastically alters the land, sea, and how humans subsist in the face of a changing environment, governments are finding that traditional methods of development are no longer sufficient or sustainable...

How We Get to Next

Duncan Geere

19 April 2016

Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan

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An ad-hoc community that sprung up around a former military bunker in what is now Taipei was initially seen by the city government as a blight, with irregular buildings that violated structural codes and its self-cont...

Rock Road Recycle

Gregg Hennigan

4 March 2016

Shakopee, Minnesota, United States

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Rahr Malting, a brewery in Shakopee, MN, has found a creative way to sustainably address their energy needs. The company partners with the Mdewakanton Sioux Community to use waste barley hulls from the malting factory...

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Niamh Ni Mhaoileoin

21 November 2015

Lima Metropolitan Area, Peru

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Lima has the worst air quality of any city in Latin America due to its mostly windless climate, growing economic developments and ongoing construction. A local engineering school, however, has set out to transform bil...

NationSwell

Chris Peak

2 November 2015

Urbana, Illinois, United States

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Passive houses can generate more energy than they consume but are expensive to build. Non-profits across the nation are getting low income families into these types of renewable homes with state subsidies and voluntee...

Hartford Business Journal

John Stearns

2 November 2015

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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To take advantage of empty buildings and vacant lots, the city of Hartford, Connecticut has begun taking the initiative of utilizing the spaces for urban farms and food-related businesses.

Public Radio International (PRI)

Rupa Shenoy

22 October 2015

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Farmland is expensive and scarce in urban areas. In Boston Higher Ground Farm uses green roofs to grow its produce and Grove Lab has designed a cabinet for people to grow their vegetables indoors.

Vox

Erica Gies

5 September 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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Cities across the world, suffering from increased threats of floods and droughts due to climate change, are finding new ways to manage water, such as reclaiming natural waterways and increasing on spot water absorption.

WHYY

Irina Zhorov

20 August 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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As city leaders reconsider their urban spaces—and particularly, urban waterfronts—through the lens of a post-industrial economy and renewed urbanism, moving urban highways has become more of a priority. Urban planners...

Christian Science Monitor

Doug Struck

9 August 2015

Miami Beach, Florida, United States

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Around the globe, countries have taken actions that have helped reduce carbon emissions and increase the use of renewable energy. Although the state of Florida feels the effects of climate change, its state representa...

The Huffington Post

Joseph Erbentraut

31 July 2015

Za'atari, Jordan

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The living conditions in refugee camps in the Middle East are very poor. Architects are piloting the Re:Build construction system that utilizes materials in the natural environment to construct homes, schools, and cli...

Christian Science Monitor

Todd Woody

23 June 2015

Melbourne, Australia

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In the face of a prolonged drought, residents of Melbourne, Australia, cut water consumption in half by capturing rainwater and using efficient toilets and washing machines.

Maptia

Paolo Patrizi

18 June 2015

Tokyo, Japan

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A growing number of people in the famously crowded Tokyo metropolis are becoming ‘city farmers’, planting crops atop tall buildings or deep underground. In an age of detrimental climate change, urban cultivation and g...

Next City

Cassie Owens

12 June 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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To develop new demolition standards, the Detroit Building Authority brought together a best practices working group that met biweekly. Under the new system, a pre-demolition review takes place to, among other things, ...

Al Jazeera

Rachel Mealey

25 May 2015

Fukushima, Tōhoku, Japan

Broadcast TV News

5-15 Minutes

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At the Fujitsu factory in Japan, a significant decline in demand for semiconductor computer chips meant the company had large empty factory space sitting unused. A new business approach allowed them to dually address ...

Citiscope

Stephanie Johnston

29 April 2015

Adelaide, Australia

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Not long ago, Adelaide was a 9-to-5 town, where restaurants catering to suburban commuters closed once lunch was served. This city's transformation is the product of simple and inexpensive strategies for activating it...

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