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Green Infrastructure

EU-China Relations: Invoking A Low-Carbon Future From Past Cooperation

Wang Tao | Posted 07.20.2015 | Green
Wang Tao

The EU and China together account for nearly 40 percent of global carbon emissions, and their cooperation can make an enormous difference to an effective, global response.

Brightwater: A Model of 21st Century Infrastructure

Jared Green | Posted 07.15.2015 | Green
Jared Green

Imagine a wastewater treatment facility where people get married, amid 40-acres of restored salmon habitat with designed ponds and wetlands.

A Rare Look at the New U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

Jared Green | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green
Jared Green

GSA ended up creating the second largest green roof in the U.S. at 550,000 square feet, and the third largest in the world. It's so big that a deer actually grazed on the roof, not realizing it was on one.

How to Make Smart Growth More Lovable and Sustainable

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

The smart growth characteristics of these older neighborhoods make them terrific for the environment and for public health: they reduce transportation emissions by obviating driving trips and shortening those that people do take; they save land by keeping development compact and obviating additional increments of sprawl; they promote physical fitness and health with walkability.

Bonding the Future: Green Bonds for a Greener Planet

Scott M. Stringer | Posted 06.20.2015 | New York
Scott M. Stringer

In New York City, our coastline, growing population and aging infrastructure put us on the front lines of the climate battle, which poses challenges to our future prosperity and quality of life.

Superstorm Sandy Two Years Later: New York Is Becoming More Resilient But More Is Needed

Frances Beinecke | Posted 12.28.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

There is no single fix that can make our region more resilient in the face of climate change. But by working in our communities and at the national level, we can defuse this threat. Here are six areas where additional attention is greatly warranted.

'People's Garden' Will Bring Sustainability Showcase to DC's National Mall

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

One of the more thoughtful landscaping undertakings I have seen will be installed over the next 15 years on, appropriately enough, the grounds of the US Department of Agriculture headquarters in Washington.

Funneling Funding in to Resilience

Shalini Vajjhala | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green
Shalini Vajjhala

On Friday, May 16th, I was in Washington, D.C., during a torrential downpour. Flash flood warnings stretched from Virginia, across Washington and out ...

Illinois Infrastructure: Getting Our Water Systems Up to Snuff Amidst the Climate Crush

Henry Henderson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Across the nation, states have about $110 billion in capital available through similar water infrastructure funds, which are supported by annual federal and state appropriations. As climate impacts worsen, they are going to need to tap that cash.

Sustainable Neighborhood Revitalization, From Within

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.11.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Sustainable neighborhoods are the building blocks of sustainable cities. Neighborhoods are where development decisions are made and where increments of change -- whether good or bad -- actually take place, as well as where residents and workers experience the city environment on an everyday basis.

Indy's Remarkable Pathway to Sustainable Renewal

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

In most cities, what's happening in the private sector alone won't be enough to get the job done, and civic and philanthropic investment is needed to jump-start the process of becoming vital again.

Greening Our Cities: It Takes a Village

Francesca Vietor | Posted 05.07.2014 | Green
Francesca Vietor

We built our cities 100 years ago, and now our urban infrastructure is falling apart. Like many cities across the country, San Francisco's water, sewe...

White Roofs vs. Green Roofs: Recent Reports Declaring a Victor Overlook That Both Are Wins for the Environment

Noah Garrison | Posted 05.07.2014 | Green
Noah Garrison

Green roofs (and cool roofs/white roofs, too) can do a lot to reduce the harmful global warming effects that black roofs accelerate.

Fixing Old Water and Gas Pipelines Would Create Far More Jobs Than Building Keystone XL

Brendan Smith | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green
Brendan Smith

If job creation is our primary goal, then politicians should pivot away from the Keystone XL pipeline and toward repairs to existing pipeline infrastructure. This is how President Obama -- and the whole country -- can get out of the Keystone jam.

End of Infrastructure as We Know It

Neil B. Chambers | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green
Neil B. Chambers

You know what's sexy? Nature. But listening to engineers, political figures and advocates, we can't focus on just how sexy it is. They are screaming at us that America's infrastructure is falling apart and if we don't fix it we will be marooned on the sands of missed opportunity.

2013 a Year for Green Accomplishments: Looking Ahead as New Mayors Take the Helm

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.16.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

If 2013 was the "year of the bike share," will 2014 see continued growth in both the number of bikes and riders? Or will the novelty wear off and costs go up?

Business Resilience Comes From Working With Nature

Andrew Winston | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

With these once extraordinary events becoming more ordinary, it's becoming clearer that businesses in vulnerable regions need to prepare. But how should companies go about building resilient enterprises that are ready to face extreme weather and other effects of climate change?

Iran: Nuclear Energy for War or Peace? A Renewable Suggestion

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

One of the many serious issues the planet faces is whether or not Iran's nuclear program is to develop weapons or to be able to turn on a switch for l...

What Cities Can Do to Prepare Themselves for Increasingly Severe Weather

Shalini Vajjhala | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Shalini Vajjhala

While the eastern seaboard was fortunate to safely make it through hurricane season this year, cities should take this opportunity to invest in innovative storm water infrastructure systems that can help them withstand the next 100-year storm.

San Francisco Closes Green Roof Gap

Amy E. Norquist | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Amy E. Norquist

Lately, there are a lot of articles mentioning San Francisco and the "Tale of Two Cities." They largely refer to economic disparities, but they could just as well be talking about those in the city that understand the connection between green infrastructure and clean air and water, and those that do not.

Lessons From the SXSW Eco Conference -- and From Mother Nature

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

The Barton Creek ensemble, which includes a beautiful natural swimming pool beloved by locals, was created with the help of The Trust for Public Land two decades ago, and Austinites can hike, bike, climb and paddle (when the water is running) in its rustic surroundings.

Chicago's Investment in Cleaner, Greener Water

Henry Henderson | Posted 12.09.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

For Chicago to compete, we must have infrastructure that offsets the economic and quality of life impacts that climate change is already throwing at us.

Green Infrastructure: Cities Across the Nation Become More Resilient (Part III)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 12.03.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

A number of American cities are looking at innovative and creative ways to develop new park land for their residents in projects which can also help protect their local streams and rivers from the type of dirty water and even raw sewage overflow caused by heavy rainfalls.

Green Infrastructure: The Design Element (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

These hyper-performing landscapes are tiny by park standards, but they bring beauty to formerly barren corners, serve as mini habitats for insects and birds, and most of all, soak up storm water.

Not Just a Place to Play: The ABCs of Green Infrastructure for City Play Spaces (Part I)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

With the opportunity to build new, functionally layered landscapes that serve to process storm water, abate storm surge and serve as esthetic and recreational assets, parks and green infrastructure may be entering a prolonged, perhaps permanent, symbiotic relationship.