Land Use

Greenspace Factors

Green Space Factors
Green Space Factors provide Options
by Patricia Chase

Rather than running an invisible pipe under the street, strategies are used to mimic the patterns of natural water systems by capturing and slowing water close to where it falls. These strategies not only reduce erosion, replenish groundwater and keep water temperatures low, they also create habitat, make special places and save money. In some cases, developable land is even increased by trading stormwater ponds for swales and trenches that are more flexibly located.

Infrastructure of Sustainability

Infrastructure of Sustainability

Green Buildings a Start, but can we think bigger?

By Nancy Henderson

Our current thinking that sustainability is accomplished by individual developers on a building-by-building basis is very limiting and does not offer the range of return on investment that we should be demanding.Private interests and public sector concerns do overlap and can be aligned through incentives, regulations, and innovative approaches like those discussed above. Public/private partnerships could be the key to creating the foundation for a sustainable future.

A Sustainable Neighborhood in Seattle

A Sustainable Neighborhood in Seattle

Seattle can show the world how to be green-Scandinavia offers hints on how to do it

By Jayson Antonoff and Patricia Chase

For two years I-sustain has brought Northwest developers, design professionals and public officials to Europe to see innovative examples of urban sustainability firsthand.
One of the first stops on the tour is the Western Harbor development in Malmo, Sweden.
Western Harbor is a Disneyland of urban sustainability. With its green roofs, car-free streets, stormwater-fed wetlands and renewable energy-powered homes, Western Harbor challenges us to consider the possibilities in our own region.