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    For America’s Cities, the Future Can Be Found in the Past

    When looking at our cities, can you see the life that you imagined leading? Where do you spend your time? Are our cities inspiring and comforting? Do they offer beauty and health, opportunities and creative experience? Are they rich in culture and distinct in identity?

    Imagine our cities. Where are they? In valleys and plains, on rivers and on oceans and in forests; most of us live in cities. Whether we live in a town or in a suburban neighborhood, we belong to an urban center where we carry out our day-to-day lives.

    I am who I am today because of my upbringing, and my city.

    I grew up in an old city. I walked to stores and cafés and friends’ houses. For longer treks, various forms of public transportation were added to the route. As a child, I rode trolley cars and marveled at the single-lever control that guided the car on its tracks through busy park lanes, neighborhoods, and boulevards. In them, I admired the beautiful scale and details of everyday life. I used minutes to measure distance, allowing time for meandering, wandering, and exploring. I grew to know my city, and it became a part of me. Cities create personalities, likes, dislikes, and present life choices. I am who I am today because of my upbringing–by both my family and by my city. Click Here to Read the Rest

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    Wanted: A Planter for Growing Vertical Gardens Indoors

    Urbio is a magnetic system that will help us transform
    any wall or ferrous surface into a beautiful vertical garden.

    Each pot is made of eco-plastic and is equipped with large neodymium
    magnets that are strong enough to hold almost anything to the wall.
    The wall plates are modular, and can easily be mounted to any wall.
    Mount just one Urbio pot, or fill your wall with them.. Click here to read the Rest.

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    Location Efficiency: The Energy Efficiency Opportunity of “Where” Is Here

    How does where we build our homes, businesses, and transportation infrastructure impact our energy use? A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report attempts to tackle just that question. The report analyzes the energy use associated with different housing and neighborhood types. It also serves as a concise and readable primer on research related to the energy implications of “location efficiency.” Read the rest here.

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    Passive House Academy Provides Series of AIA Training Events – AltEnergyMag (press release)

    Passive House Academy Provides Series of AIA Training Events AltEnergyMag (press release) The international Passive House Academy is providing a series of AIA Accredited training events for Architects, Engineers & Construction professionals in the NYC area. • “ Passive House ” is an ultra efficient building standard that saves up to 85% on … Click Here to Read More

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    Seven Lessons From Lawrence Livermore Laboratory’s Energy Use Graph

    It was déjà vu all over again when Brian showed the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory graph of Estimated US Energy Use recently. Mike showed an earlier version four years ago that I spent quite a lot of time staring at and thin… Click Here to Read the Rest

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    Study Shows That If You Shop Daily, You Live Longer

    We have made the case that small fridges make good cities; now a new study indicates that small fridges make healthier people. A study in Taiwan found that old people who get out and shop every day are 27% less likely to die over a ten year period than those who shop once a week…. Click Here to Read More.

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