Featured Resources (Sustainability Committee)

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NASA’s Sustainability Base Site Tour, (postponed), October 5, 2012, 9 am-12:30 pm. For information and background, see McDonough’s site and the videos listed after the text. (081012)


Envision 2040 San Jose General Plan — A model for the Bay Region’s Sustainable Communities Strategy? (081012)

  • Accommodate growth in villages
  • Connect modes in an fully functioning, local-regional-international multi-modal transportation system
  • Engage the community meaningfully

Sustainability: Economic, Fiscal, and Environmental – the Case of San Jose (Pl. Commissioner Workshop). (081012)

California Solar Permitting Guidebook, CA OPR, also the California Solar Permitting Guidebook. Also description of each in Darcy Kremin’s LI post (081612).


NYC Set to Launch Largest Bike Share in August (072812)

Resilient Cities.org (072712): There is an important discourse emerging among social scientists, environmentalists, urban planners, and architects about how our cities should be planned and designed to be more resilient to the looming shocks and stresses associated with climate change, environmental degradation, and resource shortages in the context of global population growth.

Raising the Bar to Living Places & Spaces (072412)

Sustainable Communities — McDonough’s take/definition

. . . Our innovative, high-performance communities create new models of sustainable urbanism by adapting the successful approaches of green building design to the level of community planning. We integrate site infrastructure systems in the earliest stages of our process, resulting in communities that function like living organisms – harvesting energy from the sun, sequestering carbon, making oxygen, creating habitats, building soil, distilling water and creating beneficial microclimates. . . . These strategies not only . . . ; they also provide the next generation of leadership to address the global challenges of climate change, carbon emission reduction and resource recovery.


  • Net Zero Oregon Sustainability Center, the “tallest mixed use building striving to meet the Living Building Challenge ™, which requires qualifying buildings to not only meet net-zero energy and water performance, but also to be toxin-free, built with locally sourced materials, and take humane inhabitation to new architectural levels.”  Key features:
    • Zero net energy
    • Zero net water
    • Living Machine to treat waste water
    • Green roofs to treat excess storm water
    • Geothermal water-to-water heat pump
    • Injection wells with regenerative turbines
    • Heat recovery ventilators
    • Triple glazing
  • The feasibility of net zero buildings challenges communities to scale up the concept, even expand it to net positive (restorative), for application at the community scale. This is the core impetus behind a range of innovations, such as ecodistricts, LEED ND, regenerative planning, the Living Future Institute, and one-planet communities.

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