Category: Urban Planning Industry News

Texas Trees Foundation announces new Dallas Urban Heat Island Effect Report

Janette Monear, Texas Trees’ chief executive officer, remarked, “Our foundation is focused on making spaces cooler, greener and cleaner, and data has long affirmed that trees are vital to achieve this laudable and critical goal.  The study we have released today is a wake-up call for all of us who call Dallas and North Texas home: We must act now to mitigate the urban heat island effect for the sake of our health, the economy and viability of our community.  North Texas is seeing unprecedented growth, and with growth comes new buildings, roads and parking lots.  It’s imperative that we come together to balance the grey with the green to ensure North Texas is a desirable place to live and work.”

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Leaders to gather at Urban Land Institute’s 2017 Fall Meeting set for October 23–26

As the largest of ULI’s events, and the real estate industry’s premier gathering, the Fall Meeting routinely draws internationally renowned land use and urban development experts, including commercial developers, finance executives, economic development specialists, architects, urban planners, property owners and managers, real estate consultants, public officials, academics and property advisers.

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CfAD Excellence Awards showcase active design influence on projects around the world

This year’s winning projects illustrate how active design has made a decisive transition, shifting from a special topic of interest among forward-thinking designers and researchers, to a commonly-espoused motivator driving all types of design and development practice. Winning projects illustrate how an emphasis on physical, mental, and social wellbeing can be achieved—through shifts in regional policies, grassroots advocacy campaigns, and the leveraging of health-promoting design as a key market differentiator.

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Chicago named nation’s greenest city according to the fourth annual Green Building Adoption Index study

After placing second last year, the Chicago market claimed the top spot with 66 percent of its space qualified as green certified according to the fourth annual Green Building Adoption Index study by CBRE and Maastricht University according to a CBRE press release dated July 6, 2017. San Francisco slipped to second, while Atlanta, Houston and Minneapolis again claimed spots in the top five in the 2017 report. “Green” office buildings in the U.S. are defined as those that hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR label, USGBC LEED certification or both.

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Final Plan Bay Area 2040 and Environmental Impact Report Approved by Regional Agencies

The second such regional housing and transportation plan adopted by MTC and ABAG, Plan Bay Area 2040 is a long-range blueprint to guide transportation investments and land-use decisions through 2040, while meeting the requirements of California’s landmark 2008 Senate Bill 375, which calls on each of the state’s 18 metropolitan areas to develop a Sustainable Communities Strategy to accommodate future population growth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks.

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Q&A with Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council

To achieve a truly sustainable built environment, organizations such as the DVGBC are driving the green building movement in local communities across the country. The DVGBC is working diligently to get everyone on board, provide forums in which to share best practices and promote the importance of green building and sustainability. PRISM was given the opportunity to ask Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council, questions about their current green buildings programs as well as their goals to further sustainability in the built environment in this region.

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New TKF Foundation Report Provides “How to” on Creating System of City Greenspaces

Nearly 40 years of research confirms that contact with nearby nature is profoundly important for human health and wellness, from the earliest hours to the final days of our lives. A new report suggests how city officials, urban planners and community residents can better integrate nature into all urban settings. “Nearby Nature for Human Health: Sites to Systems” is published by the TKF Foundation, and authored by Kathleen L. Wolf, Ph.D., University of Washington (Seattle), and Weston Brinkley, M.U.P., director of Seattle Trails Alliance.

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Integrity Housing opens new affordable community for seniors. Incorporating energy efficient construction and appliances, Olivera received the highest Gold Rating under the Green Point Rated Sustainable Program. This project was designed by KTGY Architecture + Planning with MJS Landscape Architecture. Photo: Olivera Senior Apartments, Pomona, Calif. Courtesy of Integrity Housing.

Integrity Housing opens new affordable community for seniors. Incorporating energy efficient construction and appliances, Olivera received the highest Gold Rating under the Green Point Rated Sustainable Program. This project was designed by KTGY Architecture + Planning with MJS Landscape Architecture. Photo: Olivera Senior Apartments, Pomona, Calif. Courtesy of Integrity Housing.

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