August 15, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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Reconsidering Seaside, Florida

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
I’m hardly the only one whose career was strongly influenced by the now-iconic planned town of Seaside, on Florida’s Panhandle coast.  If I hadn&r… Continue reading

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April 10, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Overcoming a major barrier to medical and other uses of ‘microrockets’ and ‘micromotors’

An advance in micromotor technology akin to the invention of cars that fuel themselves from the pavement or air is opening the door to new medical and industrial uses for these tiny devices, scientists say. Their update on development of the motors — … Continue reading

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December 26, 2012
by MoreRecycling
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Bumblebees do best where there is less pavement and more floral diversity

Landscapes with large amounts of paved roads and impervious construction have lower numbers of ground-nesting bumblebees, which are important native pollinators, a new study shows. Continue reading

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November 26, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Mitigating the environmental paradox of smart growth: softening urban density

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
To move more deliberately toward anything resembling a sustainable future, we need to use land more efficiently, building more compactly, with significantly higher… Continue reading

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December 6, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Land conservation, smart growth and the environment

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Years ago, I was motivated to participate in what became the cause of smart growth, and now for many of us has evolved into the cause of sustainable communities, b… Continue reading

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November 7, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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People Habitat: great city places

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Environmental advocates have long given priority to protecting natural ecosystems and wildlife habitat.  The organization I work for is called the Natural Res… Continue reading

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July 7, 2011
by Sustainability
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The Rise of Urban Farming and Other Varieties of Sustainable Ag

Sustainable agriculture comes in many forms. Urban farms, vertical farms and community supported agriculture are just a few of the ways to fulfill a common mission: bringing produce to areas dominated by pavement.
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