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What is zoning? Zoning is a planning process that is widely used throughout the world, especially in highly populated areas. However, it is not fully adopted in the United States and some communities, especially in rural areas. The first zoning ordinance was in New York City in 1916, and since then, it has been a...

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Sustainability in sports? No way. The stereotype for sports fans is a beer-drinking, wing-eating, hooting-and-hollering macho he-man wearing their favorite player’s jersey and holding a foam finger. But for that same exact guy to be a tree-hugging environmentalist? Not a chance. Don’t be so sure though. Because as of August 2015, 142 teams, 151 venues,...

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The lifestyle of a locavore – having a dietary preference for local food – can be difficult, particularly in areas where sustainability isn’t yet prevalent. However, as a person with an environmental conscience, I do strive to live this kind of lifestyle as often as it permits. Living in Long Island, New York, a region where sustainability...

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Is it rational to spend your own free time practicing your hobbies in your favorite location? Of course it is! At the same time, it’s also rational to want to see that place always in its best condition. However, sometimes we encounter a paradox situation when our hobby inflicts harm on the environment that we love. This kind of...

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Have you ever held the belief that certain individuals who, based on what they have brought to a field, should be considered as vital to anyone’s set of influences like Charles Darwin is to any evolutionary biologist? When it comes to urban planning, Jane Jacobs was one of these individuals. Jane Jacobs, through her seminal writing,...

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A Blue Zone is a term used to identify a demographic or geographic area in the world where people live considerably  longer lives. In each of these areas, the rate of centenarians (residents over the age of 100) is ten times greater than in the US. By studying the correlation between local lifestyles and longevity, researchers found that all residents share the same...

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Humans have always desired to find a magical solution for living healthier for longer while maintaining a youthful lifestyle. Ample references about this desire can be found in literature such as in the tales about The Philosopher’s Stone or The Fountain of the Eternal Youth. These solutions may be only a fantasy, but there are actually civilizations around the world...

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Imagine if there were a place in your city where you could meet all of your daily needs; where you could walk or bike to work, cross the street safely, shop and play. This the core concept of Complete Streets. Complete Streets are designed to accommodate all community members, regardless of age, ability or modality,...

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It’s interesting to me how misconceived green infrastructure and stormwater management are by both the general public and educated community planners. Implementation of Low Impact Development has lagged in communities because of a lack of understanding of what it actually is, how to accomplish the design, a lack of support and promotion by a number of...

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Last October I visited New Orleans for the USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference. I had signed up to attend the Third Annual Women in Green Power Breakfast on that Thursday morning, eager to connect with fellow women in sustainability. Those two hours were by far the most influential and important part of my trip. Organized by Kimberly Lewis, the USGBC’s Vice...

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