Category Archives: Environmental

Shelter for the Storm: Comparing Blue and Green Roofs

On the rooftop of Public School 118 in Queens, New York, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP),  in partnership with the Department of Education, is testing two alternative roofing surfaces. For a three year monitoring period, data from the study at … Continue reading

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The Parking Games: San Francisco Wants the Odds to be Ever in Your Favor

San Francisco’s new ambitious experiment (inspired by the theories of UCLA’s very own Donald Shoup, and based by the law of supply and demand), aims to ensure that there is always at least one empty parking spot available on every block that … Continue reading

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Is the EPA talking the talk, but not walking the walk?  In what may be viewed as an ironic twist, the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to move its Region 7 headquarters from its current location in downtown Kansas City, Kansas  to the suburbs, … Continue reading

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A Tower Made of Timber

At first glance, it might appear to be an unsustainable practice, but the proposition of building an entirely wooden skyscraper may be an opportunity for innovation, according to architect and University of Toronto Professor Larry Richards.  The idea that wooden structures could reach … Continue reading

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And the Winner Is…

Photo: MVVA/HNTB Team Who knew roadkill in America is an $8 billion dollar problem?!  Thus, born out of necessity (aptly referred to as an emerging critical priority) according to organizers, comes the ARC: International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition.  The … Continue reading

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Dim the Lights…Please?

Photo: anotherpla.net If you go all-out with your Christmas light display, you might be doing more harm than good.  According to a recent study presented by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the American Geophysical Union, city … Continue reading

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Going All-Electric?

Photo: Tennessee Valley Authority The LA Auto Show is back, and if it’s any indication of where the automobile industry is headed, look no further than the electric vehicle.  Manufacturerers are trending toward the hybrid/electric vehicle market, seemingly addressing the shift in consumer … Continue reading

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