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Healthy Cities & Urban Planning

For those of us who have been fortunate enough to live in safe cities, that have been relatively immune to natural disasters, environmental shock, or economic collapse, then we perhaps can’t appreciate the tremendous suffering that some of our fellow North Americans – and others around the world – have had to face. For many...

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Throughout urban planning’s history, there has been one particular cause and effect loop that may continue to manifest as the field continues to evolve. This cycle being that a solution to a problem will eventually result in new problems. Nowhere does this sort of cycle seem more prevalent than within the sustainable planning aspects of...

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The High Line, an innovative urban public space opened in 2009, is 1.5 mile long elevated railway-turned-park. Running from 34th Street to St John’s Park Terminal at Spring Street in West Manhattan, the High Line epitomizes the romance of former eras of industrial expansion, when New Yorkers depended on elevated trains to bring them meat...

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The word “pollution” often makes people think of contaminated water, unclean air, or simply piles of trash in landfills and oceans. However, there’s another type of pollution that often goes overlooked, yet has harmful impacts on the environment as well as human health – light pollution. This type of pollution is so common in urban dwellings that most...

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Sustainability is a common goal for many industries including businesses, universities, agriculture, and even for personal use. When considering reaching the goal of sustainability, universities are usually not what one thinks of. “Green” colleges with sustainable campuses are a rather new topic that is growing increasingly popular. What’s the advantage of sustainable campuses? One may...

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In PowerHouse Growers’ head office hometown of Nanaimo, British Columbia, municipal elections are happening this week. That means there’s been lots of talk about the vision and future of our city. Situated on an island rainforest, Nanaimo offers the perfect lifestyle for families and even young working professionals. In a place where you can ski,...

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The compounding benefits of green technology will ultimately lead to a business’ ability to meet consumer demands, further positioning the enterprise for success. Defining Green Technology Green technology (or environmental technology) encompasses methods and techniques in which advanced knowledge is applied to the protection, preservation, and improvement of our environment while creating long-term economic and...

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One of the most exciting things about urban design is how every aspect can be optimized for a more sustainable future. True to this concept, landscape design offers opportunities to foster sustainable practices. Anyone planning uses for land can implement sustainable landscape design. The Basics of Landscape Architecture The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the leading authority...

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Sustainable design is not a fad, and it’s not really even a trend. In fact by its very definition its intention is to last longer and continually deliver benefits to its surrounding environment. With the push towards sustainable design practices in cities, buildings, and homes there are many different green design methods which are being...

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An important part of a community is unity. The word unity can be defined as “a condition of harmony; the quality or state of being one” (Merriam-Webster). Without unity, members of a community have no sense of responsibility towards one another, no sense of preservation, and no sense of pride. Without these things, a community...

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