Green Communities

It takes a village. Or a city. Some PF Member ideas for turning whole communities green.

Retrofit roofs with reflective "cool roof" coatings to keep buildings/cities cool, reduce energy use for a/c, and mitigate global warming.
Planet Forward
Here is a new way to deliver energy to those who need it. The women in one small community in Guatemala have wind, they just need a way to harness it. Enter enthusiastic students from the University of Michigan College of Engineering. WATCH
Oxford, Mississippi has unaffordable housing. A solution to unaffordable housing is living in a cohousing community. The residents share facilities and utilities. It is often affordable and provides social and economic benefits.
Cities can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cultivate a new fuel source by managing methane emissions from landfills. In this video, Lawson Oates, Director of Toronto’s Environment Office, talks about the opportunities to be found in waste... Read More
National Science Foundation
George Mason University researchers are investigating the resilience of Arctic peoples to changes in their local environments due to global climate change. In particular, they want to see what information the Viliui Sakha—native people in... Read More
University of Mississippi
Ole Miss, using SmartSynch technology, can monitor energy use by building and work towards a goal of 20% energy reduction in four years. SmartSynch, a technology company based out of Jackson, MS, has developed readers that can tell exactly how much... Read More
Australia is heavily dependent on coal-fired power – “It’s cheap and easy, and to get change is very hard,” Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore told the C40 News Team during a gathering of world mayors in Sao Paulo, Brazil. With many government leaders... Read More
Climate change is more than a local problem. Cities worldwide are grappling with the consequences. In hope of discovering answers, C40 Cities has partnered with the Clinton Climate Initiative to enhance debate on environmental policy. Watch More C40... Read More
R. J. Kopchak was formerly the part owner of a fisherman’s co-op in Cordova, Alaska, which was experiencing great success in the late 1980s. Then, on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground, and "the world changed."
Planet Forward
It’s 5:00 am and I wake up to the sounds of rural Vietnam – the neighborhood roosters are having a crow-off, dogs and birds in the area are eagerly trying to participate, and my roommate the gecko calls out letting me know he was successful in... Read More

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