LA Gets More Added Warmth from Urban Heat Islands

by Jodi Summers Here’s a new term for you – heat islands. An urban heat island (UHI) is a city or metropolitan area that is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas due to human activities. It is caused when heat is absorbed by the concrete and pavement of buildings and streets. And, as we […]


edited by Jodi Summers Americans’ energy-conservation efforts -from switching bulbs to upgrading washing machines and air conditioners – have done more to reduce carbon emissions than the increased use of solar, wind and natural gas. Wait, this gets easier folks…metrics pouring in from utility and power grid managers in the U.S. are concluding that the […]


by Jodi Summers Commercial real estate is being redefined. The world of 9-5 cubicles and being tethered to your desk is disappearing and square footage needs are shrinking. Offices have places of collaboration and one of many places to do your work…while retail has evolved into a showroom for stuff you can buy cheaper online…or […]


by Jodi Summers Now that we are in a drought, Californian are constantly reminded to cut down on their water usage. Figures released by the State Water Resources Control Board, praise urban residents for cutting water consumption 28.9%. Governor Jerry Brown is requiring urban areas to cut water use 25%, the first mandatory water rationing […]

babyboomers on the beach

by Jodi Summers Amazing statistic about aging… approximately 10,000 people a day will be turning 65 through 2030. That age group – seniors – will grow to 88 million…and they are in motion. More than half of all homeowners are 55+, and they accounted for more than a quarter of homeowner moves in 2014. As […]

small city honorable mention

by Jodi Summers Santa Monica considers itself to be ahead of the curve, and now they are being rewarded for it. The 2015 US Conference of Mayors honored Santa Monica with a US Mayors’ Climate Protection Award for its successful Solar Santa Monica initiative. Santa Monica, which won in the small cities category, inspires other […]