Category Archives: Sustainability

News and ideas on how Opticos Design is working to build better, more sustainable communities.

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    1. CodeNEXTSlide1HighRev
      Public Draft of Austin’s CodeNEXT Land Development Code Now Live!

      After intensive public outreach, diagnosis, and drafting, the City of Austin recently released the public review draft of its CodeNEXT Land Development Code. As lead consultant for the project, Opticos introduced the code to the public at a meeting of the … Continue reading

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    2. A carriage house in Hercules, California
      Missing Middle Housing Close Up: Carriage Houses

      Calling all small-scale developers and entrepreneurial homeowners: make Smart Growth happen right at home and provide a little space for grandma. It’s happening across the country, and we look at why. As we’ve highlighted over at missingmiddlehousing.com, carriage houses are … Continue reading

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      Sustainable Growth Strategy for Gabon’s Capital Wins APA International Planning Achievement Award

      We are thrilled to announce that one of our projects—Gabon, Africa’s Akanda Masterplan and SmartCode—is the recipient of the 2016 Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Achievement Award given to groundbreaking international projects by the American Planning Association. Opticos Principal Dan Parolek reflects on the innovative effort … Continue reading

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    4. Walkability
      Five Reasons Demand for Walkability is Growing Across America

      To continue our discussion of walkability, today we’re taking a look at the some of the leading reasons behind the growing demand for walkable community design across the country. Walkability is not a new value: in fact, it’s an old … Continue reading

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    5. San Francisco bike coalition bike to work day
      The West Leads the Nation for Percentage of Households That Walk & Bike

      The U.S. Census Bureau added new questions to the 2013 American Housing Survey to determine how many American households use public transit, walk, and bike as a means of transportation, how often, and how convenient it was. The Bureau also collected … Continue reading

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      Dan Talks Missing Middle Housing on Strong Towns Podcast

      Opticos Principal Dan Parolek is at the Congress for New Urbanism’s annual conference in Dallas/Fort Worth this week, where he sat down with the Strong Towns podcast to talk about urban planning in the Bay Area, how to retain the … Continue reading

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    7. Norman Oklahoma Housing Diversity
      An Important Win for Housing Diversity

      Preserving historic micro units in a neighborhood adjacent to a university is a win for housing diversity in Norman, OK I just got one of those random emails today that totally made my day, if not my year. The call was from … Continue reading

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    8. Berkeley Mayor Bates with recycling cart
      Mayor Tom Bates Walks the Walk

      Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates has led several efforts to combat climate change and make the city more sustainable. He’s added separate glass and paper collection bins to the city’s recycling program, played a leadership role in the successful effort to … Continue reading

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    9. Planting Justice
      A Season to Give Something Back

      As a Certified B Corporation, Opticos is committed to a triple bottom line that includes sustainable business, accountability, transparency, and meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance. As part of our B Corp goals, Opticos sets aside a portion … Continue reading

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    10. Opticos Principal Dan Parolek Joins TransForm Board of Directors
      Dan Parolek Joins TransForm Board of Directors

      ­Opticos Design is proud to announce that Principal Dan Parolek has joined the board of TransForm, California’s leading non-profit promoting transportation and walkable communities. TransForm seeks to change regional transportation priorities to link land use and transportation decisions by merging the … Continue reading

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