Stockholm – “Green Capital Award” winning sustainable urban development

[tweetmeme Stockholm was awarded the first “Green Capital” award in Europe.  It’s efforts in sustainable urban development and environmental protection are overviewed in a new publication from the EU titled “Stockholm European Green Capital 2010.”  An extract of the foreword to this publication reads: At a time when many of the world’s great cities are … Continue reading

How to develop a Sustainable Energy Action Plan – Guidebook

[tweetmeme The EU has issued a guidebook to help municipalities and other stakeholder develop sustainable energy action plans.  The introduction to this excellent publication reads: The European Union is leading the global fight against climate change, and has made it its top priority. The EU committed itself to reducing its overall emissions to at least … Continue reading

Simulation Prototyping of an Experimental Solar House

[tweetmeme Anna Osborne, Stuart Baur, and Katie Grantham of the Missouri University of Science and Technology have published a new paper titled „Simulation Prototyping of an Experimental Solar House.“  This interesting paper presents a comparative analysis between an energy simulation model and an actual solar home. The case study used was the Team Missouri’s … Continue reading

New Energy Performance Legislation for Buildings published

[tweetmeme Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 May 2010 on the energy performance of buildings has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union and has entered into force. This Directive lays down requirements as regards: (a) the common general framework for a methodology for calculating … Continue reading

Urban Environment: Wind speed and the ecosystem

[tweetmeme Christofer Bang, John L. Sabo (Arizona State University) and Stanley H. Faeth (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) have completed a study on the effects of wind speed modifications in the urban environment on the ecosystem.  The abstract of their paper reads:  The often dramatic effects of urbanization on community and ecosystem properties, … Continue reading

Residential Energy Performance Metrics

[tweetmeme Christopher Wright, Stuart Baur, Katie Grantham, Robert B. Stone and Scott E. Grasman have published an excellent new article titled „Residential Energy Performance Metrics.“  Techniques for residential energy monitoring are an emerging field that is currently drawing significant attention. This paper is a description of the current efforts to monitor and compare the performance … Continue reading

Sustainable urban transport plans

[tweetmeme This note provides an overview of the concept of Sustainable Urban Transport Plans (SUTPs) by tying its analysis to the relationship between sustainability and urban mobility. The note presents some key SUTPs experiences in selected European cities, and discusses the role of the European Union in this field.  This note was produced by the … Continue reading

E-Waste Recycling Systems and Sound Circulative Economies in East Asia: A Comparative Analysis of Systems in Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan

[tweetmeme Soo-cheol Lee (Meijo University ) and Sung-in Na (Hiroshima Shudo University) have published a very good new paper on „E-Waste Recycling Systems and Sound Circulative Economies in East Asia: A Comparative Analysis of Systems in Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan.“  The main purpose of this paper is to review and compare E-waste management … Continue reading

Interpreting Sustainability for Urban Forests

[tweetmeme Camilo Ordóñez and Peter N. Duinker of the School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University, have published a great new article titled „Interpreting Sustainability for Urban Forests.“ Incisive interpretations of urban-forest sustainability are important in furthering our understanding of how to sustain the myriad values associated with urban forests. Our analysis of earlier … Continue reading

Residential Open Space: Designation and Management Language of Florida’s Land Development Regulations

[tweetmeme Dara M. Wald  and Mark E. Hostetler of the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida have published a new paper titled „Conservation Value of Residential Open Space: Designation and Management Language of Florida’s Land Development Regulations.“ In the paper, they recognise that conservation value of open space depends upon the quantity … Continue reading

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