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Melbourne Reborn

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In this video, find out how the city of Melbourne, Australia revitalized its downtown community. By the mid-1970s, Melbourne was a dying city.

The Art and Science of Renzo Piano

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Learn how Renzo Piano took on the challenge of creating one of the greenest museums in the world.

New Orleans: The Water Line

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Learn how community groups and outside organizations are making it possible for one New Orleans community to rebuild.

A Garden in Cairo

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Discover how the development of the Al-Azhar Park in Cairo was initiated and explore the impact of the park's development on the surrounding community. Cairo, a city of 16 million, is one of the most densely populated in the world, with only one square foot of green space per person prior to 2005. His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, saw the need to relieve this congestion. The result is Al-Azhar Park: a 500-year-old dump-turned-"urban lung" that provides much-needed green space and a source of civic pride.

Portland: A Sense of Place

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Discover how Oregon's land-use planning system has benefited both urban and rural residents and environments.

Affordable Green Housing

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In this video, students learn and understand the importance of affordable housing to the social and cultural aspects of the community.

Growing Energy

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Discover how Brazil's innovative fuel usage provides an argument for alternative fuels.

Aviation: The Limited Sky

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This episode looks at new technologies and policies that could offset the aviation industry's substantial greenhouse gas emissions, such as Amyris Biotechnologies' new synthetic jet fuels, and Hybrid Air Vehicles' second generation of dirigible airship. To reduce fuel emissions, industry leaders like Boeing are also advocating towing planes on runways and implementing smarter air traffic control systems.

Food Miles

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In this video, students consider the environmental impacts of America's current food system. In the 21st century global food economy, most foods travel an average of 1,500 miles from farm to plate. As renowned author Michael Pollan elaborates, the impacts of this fossil fuel-driven system are detrimental to the environment, but also to our health and social well-being. Writer Michael Shuman argues that investing in local food systems lessens the distance between who we are and what we eat and creates wealth in the community.

Coal and Nuclear: Problem or Solution?

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In this video, students consider the challenge of finding the best sustainable energy solution for the global population. Renewables, biofuels, solar, wind, and other energy sources may be alternatives to fossil fuel, but it is impossible to ignore the ubiquity of coal and the power capabilities of nuclear, despite their many drawbacks. These controversial resources may be major players in a sustainable energy future, however, thanks to new developments in carbon capture and sequestration and improved nuclear technologies.

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