Urban Green Building
|Urban Land Institute- a nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members- aims to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.|
|Partners for Livable Communities is a national, nonprofit organization working to restore and renew our communities.|
|Smart Growth invests time, attention, and resources in
restoring community and vitality to center cities and older
suburbs. New smart growth is more town-centered, is transit
and pedestrian oriented, and has a greater mix of housing,
commercial and retail uses. It also preserves open space and
many other environmental amenities. Site developed
and maintained by the Sustainable Communities Network and supported with funding from the US EPA.
|US EPA's Green Communities website is your portal to tools and information on the best strategies, programs and policies to reduce your environmental footprint. A 5-step environmental planning framework leads you to a greener, sustainable future.|
|Global Development Research Center.
Urban Environmental Management Portal. Looking at urban areas as the intersection of natural, built, and socio-economic environments, creating sustainable ecosystems.
|Congress for the New Urbanism is a leading organization promoting walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl. CNU takes a proactive, multi-disciplinary approach to restoring our communities.|
|"Potential Application of Renewable Energy on
Brownfield Sites" January 27, 2009.
Land Policy Institute- Michigan State University.
|Urban Heat Island Effect:|
|Heat Island Program at the Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory. Info from defunct program.
See list of Recent Publications (up-to-date). ***
|Environmental Protection Agency. Information on the heat island effect, its impacts, and the strategies that communities can take to reduce urban temperatures.|
Recent Issues Blog Posts
Methane hydrate, will it be a godsend and replace dirty coal and oil within the next five years, or will it delay our investment in renewable energy and set us on an ever longer road of hydrocarbon addiction?
A destruction of the world's resources, leaving long term greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution and habitat loss.
A new infographic from Healthy Child, Healthy World.
The World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme have just listed endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) a "global threat" after the release of a collaborative study.
Recent Building Blog Posts
The earth-house uses the ground as an insulating blanket that efficiently protects it from temperature extremes, wind, rain and extreme weather events.
Underground homes with a modern bent. A large thermal mass stabilizes inside temperatures, giving you free heat in the winter, free cooling in the summer.
For those in northern, high altitude or windy climates who wish to grow their food year round. Take advantage of the insulating properties of the Earth.
Ingenious ways to stack firewood.
Recent Art Blog Posts
Decommissioned and ready for reuse as art.
A small sampling of painters who have been inspired by seeds...
The intricacy and diversity of the seed.
Yao Lu an emerging Chinese artist digitally reworks photos of garbage into traditional Chinese landscape paintings.
Recent Movies Blog Posts
The many voices of the film share a unified vision: we must start acting as a planetary civilization.
a journey into the soul of humanity and a testimony of the damage inflicted by humans on the natural world...
Hazaribagh is ranked among the 30 most polluted places in the world.
By the directors of Food, Inc.