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Monday News Roundup

Mar 12, 2012

Hope you all had a great weekend! Here’s a roundup of last week’s highlights:

Why Do Green Schools Matter? — Part1 & Part 2 (Sustainable Cities Collective)
London Middle School in Ohio pursues LEED Platinum certification; this article discusses the project a few months after first occupancy, and talks to the school’s principal and superintendent to give us a feel for the impact of the work being done.

Starbucks ‘The Bank’ Concept Store in Amsterdam (Contemporist)
Starbucks Coffee have recently been opening special concept stores in various cities around the world. Last week, their latest concept store known as “The Bank” opened in Amsterdam.

Bicycle Buses Let Dutch Kids Pedal Together to School (Treehugger)
In an age of rising gas prices and skyrocketing cases of childhood obesity, Dutch educators have devised a wonderfully positive way to get kids to and from school — by letting them pedal there themselves on a brand new fleet of bicycle buses.

Tools to Help Cities and Towns Guide Green Development (Switchboard)
A lot of towns and cities now recognize that there is merit in going greener.  They now want to encourage the kind of development that will help reduce pollution and consumption of resources while at the same time saving taxpayer money and providing beautiful, walkable, convenient neighborhoods that give people choices about how to live.  But this is new territory for many jurisdictions that wish to follow good, 21st-century green practices but whose basic authorities governing how to plan and build neighborhoods haven’t changed for fifty years or more.

109 Ideas to Improve 21 Cities  (Sustainable Cities Collective)
Living Labs Global Award 2012 shortlists 109 potentially transformative ideas for 21 cities. Living Labs Global is a non-profit located in Barcelona and Copenhagen, and their annual awards aims to reward ‘companies and organizations that have developed solutions that add high value to users in cities around the world.”

El Paso Commits to a Smarter, Greener Future (Switchboard)
Early last week, the city council of El Paso, the nation’s 19th-largest city, unanimously adopted a detailed comprehensive plan built around the principles of smart growth and green development.
Vancouver Cyclists’ Café Offers Different Spokes for Different Folks (The Globe and Mail)
The café, located in a downtown alley between Hornby and Burrard, will cater to the daily commuters whizzing by on Hornby, now that it has a bike lane, or the weekend warriors who want to park their ride without carrying their own bike lock.