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Nature & Urbanism: Park City As Biodiverstiy Engine?

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle (as well as six other books), was the keynote speaker at CNU 21, the 21st annual conference of the Congress for the New Urbanism, held this year in Salt Lake City, Utah. CNU 21′s theme was Living Community and Louv’s task was to weave the connection between family, nature and community.

Cool Planning: LEED-ND in Plain English

In giving some advice on LEED-ND on Pro-Urb, John Anderson once wrote "LEED-ND is a reasonable (but in my view excruciating) way to go."  He suggested other paths to get to a similar place with "less brain damage."

ULI Emerging Trends - Oct 28, 2010 - Portland, OR report and commentary

One of the benefits of writing for Sustainable Industries is that I am able to take advantage of complimentary media passes.  I did that at two events in Portland this past week:  EcoDistricts and Emerging Trends.  I'm reporting on the latter below. . .

Rail and District Energy: Streets Paved in Better Than Gold

I'd like to get your opinion:  Could use of district energy for heating and cooling help to allow better urban design by increasing value in core area buildings (where it works best)?  District energy was a hot topic at Portland's second annual EcoDistricts Summit Oct 25-27, 2010.  It was attended by folks fr

The Sustainable Communities Initiative

The Sustainable Communities Initiative
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MaryVogel | July 21, 2010