Monday, November 5, 2012

How Barcelona is becoming a leader in solar energy
From clean redevelopment of brownfields to a sophisticated intermodal transit system to bike sharing to waste reduction and recycling, the city has strived to be innovative in implementing green practices. Read more.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Happy Monday! Take a virtual bike ride around Winnipeg in this fun video.
Kaid Benfield, director of Sustainable Communities at NRDC, shared this video in his blog. Hazel Borys, managing director of the planning firm PlaceMakers, took some bike rides and walks around Winnipeg, where she lives, and recorded her travels.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Shipping container “cities” bring creative, funky approach to green construction
Kaid Benfield, NRDC’s director of sustainable communities, blogged about the large, colorful, multi-family “cities” of work spaces and homes built from shipping containers in London, Mexico, Amsterdam and, perhaps soon, New York. Read more.

Monday, April 30, 2012
Our communities of the future must not only reduce carbon emissions, save land, and encourage use of transit, walking and bicycling. They must also contain beauty, warmth, places of solitude and reflection. Kaid Benfield, NRDC’s director of sustainable communities. Read more: Smart growth is a start. But it’s not enough.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
America’s best cities for public transportationThis week, Walk Score is releasing its first ranking of city transit systems, revealing which, by their calculations, offer residents the best access to public transportation.  The rankings are based on the organization’s Transit Score, a GIS-based set of calculations that is a companion service to the organization’s flagship walkability rankings.  Transit Score, according to the organization in a press release, “measures how well a location is served by public transportation, and is based on data released in a standard open format by public transit agencies.”
Here are the top 25 cities, listed with the Transit Score for each:
(1)     New York (Transit Score: 81)(2)     San Francisco (Transit Score: 80)(3)     Boston (Transit Score: 74)(4)     Washington, DC (Transit Score: 69)(5)     Philadelphia (Transit Score: 68)(6)     Chicago (Transit Score: 65)(7)     Seattle (Transit Score: 59)(8)     Miami (Transit Score: 57)(9)     Baltimore (Transit Score: 57)(10)   Portland (Transit Score: 50)(11)   Los Angeles (Transit Score: 49)(12)   Milwaukee (Transit Score: 49)(13)   Denver (Transit Score: 47)(14)   Cleveland (Transit Score: 45)(15)   San Jose (Transit Score; 40)(16)   Dallas (Transit Score: 39)(17)   Houston (Transit Score: 36)(18)   San Diego (Transit Score: 36)(19)   San Antonio (Transit Score: 35)(20)   Kansas City (Transit Score: 34)(21)   Austin (Transit Score: 33)(22)   Sacramento (Transit Score: 32)(23)   Las Vegas (Transit Score: 32)(24)   Columbus (Transit Score: 29)(25)   Raleigh (Transit Score: 23)  Read more.
Photo: the DC Metro (by MJM/Mike, creative commons license)

America’s best cities for public transportation
This week, Walk Score is releasing its first ranking of city transit systems, revealing which, by their calculations, offer residents the best access to public transportation.  The rankings are based on the organization’s Transit Score, a GIS-based set of calculations that is a companion service to the organization’s flagship walkability rankings.  Transit Score, according to the organization in a press release, “measures how well a location is served by public transportation, and is based on data released in a standard open format by public transit agencies.”

Here are the top 25 cities, listed with the Transit Score for each:

(1)     New York (Transit Score: 81)
(2)     San Francisco (Transit Score: 80)
(3)     Boston (Transit Score: 74)
(4)     Washington, DC (Transit Score: 69)
(5)     Philadelphia (Transit Score: 68)
(6)     Chicago (Transit Score: 65)
(7)     Seattle (Transit Score: 59)
(8)     Miami (Transit Score: 57)
(9)     Baltimore (Transit Score: 57)
(10)   Portland (Transit Score: 50)
(11)   Los Angeles (Transit Score: 49)
(12)   Milwaukee (Transit Score: 49)
(13)   Denver (Transit Score: 47)
(14)   Cleveland (Transit Score: 45)
(15)   San Jose (Transit Score; 40)
(16)   Dallas (Transit Score: 39)
(17)   Houston (Transit Score: 36)
(18)   San Diego (Transit Score: 36)
(19)   San Antonio (Transit Score: 35)
(20)   Kansas City (Transit Score: 34)
(21)   Austin (Transit Score: 33)
(22)   Sacramento (Transit Score: 32)
(23)   Las Vegas (Transit Score: 32)
(24)   Columbus (Transit Score: 29)
(25)   Raleigh (Transit Score: 23) 

Read more.

Photo: the DC Metro (by MJM/Mike, creative commons license)