Nancy Anderson, Ph.D.Torchlight

Getting Active On Passive House

I'm a fan of Passive House. Ever since visiting the top-to-bottom renovation job for an elegant 19th century home in Brooklyn Heights, the potential for constructing — or in this case reconstructing — urban buildings to keep occupants really comfortable year round without boiler heating or air conditioning in every room has been my yard stick to measure all other climate-friendly buildings.

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Constantine E. Kontokosta, Ph.D., PESnapshot

Data and the City: The Promise and Perils of Urban Informatics

While the marketing rhetoric around Smart Cities is replete with unfulfilled promises and the persistent use (and mis-use) of the term "big data" has generated confusion and distrust around potential applications, the reality remains that disruptive shifts in ubiquitous data collection — including mobile devices, GPS, social media, and synoptic video — and the ability to store, manage, and analyze massive datasets require the next generation of practitioners of urban policy and planning to have new capabilities that respond to these innovations.

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In the Media

Simulate This!

Koshland Science Museum Mitigation holodeck — take a spin

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Subway Reading

Energy Efficiency: What Works

The eight public policies that seem to be saving the most energy now

Washington DC; Sinking Fast

New research finds sea level around the Chesapeake Bay is rising at twice the average global rate, increasing future flood damages facing the capital

The Mass Transit Money Dance

To say that properly funding the MTA will take some complicated choreography is an understatement

Worldwide

Top 10 LEEDers

Who are the leading LEED nations?

Move Over Tesla

Rumor has it that BMW and Apple are teaming up to build an electric car

Curitiba: BRT Going Global

In The Carbon Age

Variable Enegy: Price And Policy Matter

Atlantic City: Beyond Gambling

Comprehensive resiliency planning for Atlantic City could reposition & redefine a fading coastal economy

Carbon Price With Benefits

The now venerable nine-state RGGI program proves pricing carbon emissions goes with cutting energy costs & economic growth

In The House

Retrofitting Affordability Launch


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