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The Higher ED Blog: The birth of the circular economy in Ontario

On June 9th of last year, the Province of Ontario passed Bill 151, the Waste Free Ontario Act. It is considered to be the first More...

The Higher ED Blog: What’s new in economic development research (winter 2017)

The Higher ED Blog publishes a quarterly economic development research roundup that shares new research practitioners might find useful. The series draws from Economic Development More...

The Higher ED Blog: Even the smallest communities can get on the green bandwagon

For a long time, economic development and the environment were at odds: the rise of one meant the decline of the other. In more recent More...

World Bank report on rising water scarcity a wake-up call for North America

Life is dependent on water – and so is our economy. Every sector of the industry needs water. The agricultural sector needs water to grow More...

The Higher ED Blog: What are the opportunities and challenges for a green economy?

In late 2014, ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21), we launched an on-going series on sustainability, economic development and the green More...

The Higher ED Blog: Barriers to household and business sustainability practices

With the United Nations Conference on Climate Change fast-approaching, we noted that we would dedicate some of our time here at Higher Ed exploring issues More...

The Higher ED Blog: What’s new in economic development research (fall 2015 edition, Part II)

Continuing from last week’s Higher ED Blog, this week we summarize interesting articles from the latest issues of Economic Development Quarterly and Regional Studies. These More...

The Higher ED Blog: From brownfields to green energy? Converting Ontario’s decommissioned coal plants to renewable energy generators

With the upcoming United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, debates about how to achieve a sustainable future are front and centre. While much More...

110 cities show that facing up to climate change has more benefits than dangers

Cities around the world are adapting pro-environmental policies which align with green changes that they want to make that will benefit their communities both socially More...

In the climate change economy, it’s about efficiency, not just growth

As our economies do, so does the greenhouse gas emissions.  It has been found that the higher the standard of living in a country or More...

Is Amsterdam too biker-friendly?

It is interesting to note that Amsterdam has more bikes (880,000) than they do people (800,000).  What this means is that there are bicycle traffic More...

How green building standards can actually change people’s behavior

Newly published research indicates that real estate developments that are located, designed, and built to the standards of LEED for Neighborhood Development will have dramatically lower More...