September 6, 2013
by Rebecca Stanfield
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Clearing the Air: Chicago’s Condominium Community Will Benefit from Proposed Benchmarking Ordinance

Rebecca Stanfield, Deputy Director for Policy, Midwest Program, Chicago
Back in late July, a dozen Chicago aldermen moved to defer the vote on the Chicago Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance for six weeks, citing the need to inf… Continue reading

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August 19, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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New wireless devices need no power supply, can harvest energy from TV towers

In the future, some sensors and devices may not need an onboard power source, but instead be able to get the energy they need from the radio waves that already blanket our built environment. Continue reading

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October 12, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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The Space Between: caring for cities as an expression of faith

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Eric Jacobsen is senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington.  His new book, The Space Between: A Christian Engagement With the Built Env… Continue reading

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March 28, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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5 graphs and 4 photos tell the story on obesity, diabetes & walking

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Perhaps the single most alarming public health trend in the United States today is the dramatic rise in overweight and obesity, bringing serious risks of heart dis… Continue reading

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December 30, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The new economy: work closer, live smaller, connect better

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
The Urban Land Institute’s latest forward-looking report for the real estate industry has lots of hopeful news for the environment, if perhaps also some sobe… Continue reading

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November 28, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The importance of legacy to sustainability

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
When we think of “sustainability,” we usually are considering the viability of a place or action into the future – as my friend Steve Mouzon puts… Continue reading

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November 2, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Australia outlines national city design principles

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Today’s post is co-authored with my colleague Marissa Ramirez.
The government of Australia has released the final draft of a report encouraging “world … Continue reading

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October 25, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Architecture matters, still

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Exactly four years ago today, I published my first blog post.  Little did I know at the time how much I would enjoy this and how much maintaining a blog would… Continue reading

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September 12, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The legacy of 9/11 for community & the built environment

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
I almost always agree with Roger Lewis, The Washington Post’s longtime columnist and urban savant.  His Shaping the City columns, which have run twice m… Continue reading

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August 10, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Urban revitalization is green. Let’s make it greener, greater, and more inclusive.

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC When revitalization of our distressed neighborhoods is done well, it is almost unrivaled in its ability to advance simultaneously the “triple bottom line” of su… Continue reading

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March 28, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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‘Neighborhoods Go Green!’ in highly educational exhibit at AIA

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC  
The architecture firm Farr Associates, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and the US Green Building Council have produced a fantastic exhibit on how to create gre… Continue reading

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January 6, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The messy issue of design in smart growth

This post is another collaboration with my friend and  frequent writing partner, Lee Epstein, a land use planner and attorney working in the Mid-Atlantic region.  The first part is mine; the second is Lee’s.  I’ll tell you wh… Continue reading

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July 26, 2010
by Reduce
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Ask the Experts: Electronics

If you follow legislation pertaining to electronic waste, you probably receive a new alert as often as you do a load of laundry. From producer responsibility take-back programs to advance recovery fees, electronic waste is an ever increasing issue in public policy.
When New York Governor David Paterson signed into law the Electronic Equipment Recycling and [...] Continue reading

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