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Lyon celebrates ordinary heroes

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by Elsa Sidawy | 11.18.11

The Greater Metropolitan Area of Lyon initiated in the summer of 2009 a project aimed at celebrating the initiatives of citizens working to preserve the planet. The project “Héros ordinaires” (Ordinary Heroes) is part of the Plan climat de l’agglomération (the Climate Plan of Greater Lyon), and is in partnership with the civic service association [...]

Nantes imagines tomorrow’s green city

Nantes imagines tomorrow’s green city

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by Elsa Sidawy | 11.17.11

A modern-looking henhouse in the Graslin square, a tunnel greenhouse along the Erdre River, pile beehives right in the middle of a roundabout… These extravagant ideas are at the core of an urban prospective project called “Ekovores”, which has been imagined by two industrial designers from the Faltazi agency in Nantes. A virtuous programme that Nantes, which is preparing to become the green capital of Europe, is having a close look at.

Romainville inspired by vacuum waste collection system

Romainville inspired by vacuum waste collection system

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Le Monde | 10.25.11 | Quick Read

On Saturday 15th October 6,000 inhabitants from four areas of Romainville were present at the inauguration of the first vacuum waste collection service in France. In total, 106 collection points have been installed at the foot of buildings in order to collect the household waste and recyclable packaging from these 2,602 apartments.

New York is betting big on the rehabilitation of its brownfields

New York is betting big on the rehabilitation of its brownfields

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by Elsa Sidawy | 10.19.11

New York wants to clean up some 3,000 abandoned lots throughout the city which for the most part are polluted. In order to restore the land, the municipality has set up an operation to revive the neglected but highly coveted land and thus promote local development.

Sound Delta Wild, digital technology in the service of nature

Sound Delta Wild, digital technology in the service of nature

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by Adrien Geneste | 10.10.11

Born from an idea put forward by the WWF to increase the presence of wildlife in cities, the Sound Delta Wild application helps users explore their surroundings through sound, transmitted via their smartphone headphones or supporting media.

An application to assess Parisian pedestrians’ level of exposure to pollution

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.28.11

What about going out for a walk in Paris depending on the level of pollution? It is now possible thanks to the “Votre air” (“Your air”) application prototype launched during the Futur en Seine festival last June.

CitéGreen gives brownie points to the best waste sorters

CitéGreen gives brownie points to the best waste sorters

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.28.11

The principle developped by CitéGreen is to reward the most virtuous actions: dumping one’s dangerous waste in waste reception centres, encouraging car sharing or car-pooling to get around, choosing a provider that promotes renewable energy sources or even sorting one’s packaging materials better.

Toulouse: some experiments prove inconclusive

Toulouse: some experiments prove inconclusive

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La Dépêche | 09.22.11 | Quick Read

For the past few years, Toulouse has been churning out experiments thanks to the driving force of Alexandre Marciel, the deputy mayor in charge of lighting and urban logistics. Often cited as a model for cities lacking inspiration, it remains to be shown that these experiments can become long-lasting innovations that will actually be used by inhabitants.

In Montreal, walls of vines fight against urban heat islands

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.09.11

Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest, a nonprofit organization in Montreal has been offering since May 2011 to supply and plant vines for free on the walls of schools, social welfare agencies and community housing projects.

In Lyon, water from parking garages is used to cool a theater and irrigate landscapes

In Lyon, water from parking garages is used to cool a theater and irrigate landscapes

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Servir le public | 07.18.11 | Quick Read

In Lyon, a company that manages parking garages wanted to create a positive environmental impact for structures that have many negative ones. Lyon Parc Auto thus introduced a novel method to make use of the water pumped under its underground parking lots.

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