Friday Green Cities Roundup

eastgate.jpgWarren Kalenzig from SustainLane has a nice little piece on his personal site about various “green city” planning techniques which is well worth reading. It’s mostly focused on heat and energy issues. His post got me thinking – part of the problem with cities today is that people are not aware of the zillions of ways their communities could be greener – and at the same time be more asthetically appealing, cooler, less costly, and just about every other positive adjective you could think of. Giving people interesting examples of cool, green ways to do things seems to almost always help. So here are a few to pass around this weekend…
The EastGate center in Harare Zimbabwe. This building is modeled after a termite mound and is entirely cooled by passive circulation of air. Folks in Phoenix could learn a thing or two from it.
Recycling Coal into Pavement. If we must burn coal, it’s nice to be able to do something with the fly ash. Here’s a sweet example of taking what was once sent to a landfill and using it to build an airport runway.
On second thought, make that pavement permeable and green. Hardscaping our cities with impermeable ashpalt causes no end of problems with storm water, polluted runoff and heat island effects. Letting water, and in some cases grass, soak through the surface keeps pollution in check, stops stormwater problems and replenishes groundwater. It also cuts air conditioning bills. Check out Grasspave2 and Gravelpave.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He was instrumental in the creation of TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years as well as an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.