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2013-01-10 12:20:26

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Streetline, Inc. today announced that it has closed $25 million in Series C financing led by True Ventures, and new investors Citi and Qualcomm Incorporated, acting through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures. Pro-rata follow-on investments were made by Sutter Hill Ventures, RockPort Capital Partners, and Fontinalis Partners to complete the round. The Series C financing augments the $25 million credit facility Streetline recently...

2012-12-12 08:26:28

Author of Visualizing Density identifies essential ingredients of sustainable urbanism CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the richly illustrated new book Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form, landscape architect, urban designer, and photographer Julie Campoli identifies the essential characteristics of successful urban neighborhoods that provide a better quality of life and a reduced carbon footprint. Based on the latest research on urban form and...

2012-11-27 20:20:43

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the California Urban Forests Council formally launched its new "Invest From the Ground Up" campaign and website. The campaign is designed to help California homeowners and business owners see the true value of one of the most basic and cost-efficient investments Californians can make in their communities: caring for their trees, parks and green spaces. The initiative is funded by the US Forest Service and CAL FIRE, and includes...

2012-11-27 16:26:15

RUSTON, La., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Clearzoning, a Michigan-based planning consulting and coding firm, assisted the city of Ruston, LA., located in Lincoln Parish, with development of a new zoning code, aimed at revitalizing the city's downtown and increasing connectivity with surrounding areas, preserving existing suburban neighborhoods, and encouraging business development through a faster, easier zoning process. Clearzoning President Rodney Arroyo made the...

2012-11-19 12:55:49

Australian cities can keep their native wildlife — but only if they can kick their habit of urban sprawl. That´s the finding of a new study by leading Australian environmental researchers Jessica Sushinsky, Professor Hugh Possingham and Dr Richard Fuller of The University of Queensland. “While urban development usually reduces the number of birds in a city, building more compact cities and avoiding urban sprawl can slow these reductions significantly,” says lead...

2012-11-16 12:21:08

NEW YORK and GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Review Jury of the 2012 Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation today announced the five winning cities in urban-development initiatives: Kocaeli (Turkey), Lilongwe (Malawi), Seoul (Korea), Vancouver (Canada), Vienna (Austria). Amid the rapidly changing social, economic and environmental context of the 21st century, urban areas worldwide are facing unprecedented challenges in strategically planning for community...

2012-11-01 10:06:22

City leaders aspiring to transform their cities into models of sustainability must look beyond city limits and include in their calculation the global flow of goods and materials into their realm, argue researchers in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences journal Ambio. Many cities are now developing sustainable strategies to reduce pollution and congestion, improve the quality of life of their citizens, and respond to growing concern about human impact on climate and the environment. But...

2012-10-29 03:20:18

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Among cities and municipalities in the United States that have implemented Light-Emitting Diode (LED) streetlight projects, 95% were satisfied with the overall performance of the streetlights. The more efficient LED streetlights were found to save on average nearly 60% in combined energy and maintenance costs, according to a new survey published today by Washington, DC-based research firm Northeast Group, LLC. The firm surveyed nearly 100 cities and...

2012-10-05 23:00:58

Uptick in Japan's Energy Related Business in 2013: Following the triple disaster of March 11, 2011, Japan is experiencing a true renaissance in energy efficiency. World class mega solar, wind and other renewable energy projects are set to begin in earnest from 2013 and firms across the globe are keeping a close eye on Japan-based developments. With over 24,000 participants at the first meet last year, Smart City Week 2012 in Yokohama Japan will be the place to network and learn about current...

2012-10-03 09:58:22

Transportation practices tend to be more environmentally friendly in wealthier metropolitan areas located within states that mandate comprehensive planning, new research suggests. The study involved an examination of 225 U.S. metropolitan areas between 1980 and 2008 to gauge how sustainable their transportation practices were and determine what kinds of socioeconomic factors appeared to influence those practices. Overall, transportation has become less sustainable across the country...