CSR Green BusinessLocal Economy

How the factory of the future saves energy

Heather Clancy Monday, August 28, 2017 – 1:41am When it comes to factories, manufacturing floors and industrial facilities, the interests of plant managers and corporate sustainability professionals are intimately intertwined. Reducing energy consumption, minimizing freshwater withdrawals from local aquifers and reusing materials that otherwise might be scrapped makes sense from …

EcoPreneurLocal Economy

How to build a strong local food system

It goes beyond farmers’ markets and CSA shares. Before we had ‘local food,’ we just had food. Communities fed themselves with whatever was produced in the region, with farmers selling directly to stores and customers. It was unheard of to truck vegetables from Florida or California all year round in …

ChallengesClimate ChangeInternationalLocal EconomyPlanetSmart CitiesTransportation

Mobi Bikes: Will Bike Share Make Vancouver a World-Class City?

After many delayed attempts at bringing bike share to Vancouver, British Columbia, Mobi Bikes finally launched in July of 2016, with 1,500 bikes and 150 planned stations. Vancouver is the 5th city in Canada to embrace bike-sharing, and Mobi is the second largest bike sharing program in the country, only behind …

ChallengesLocal EconomyMexico

Photographing an Eerily Empty Mexico City

When photographer Melvin Lara moved to Mexico City from his hometown of Cuernavaca, he set out on excursions to photograph his new city. In order to avoid the notorious traffic in Mexico’s capital, he gradually stayed later and later in the neighborhood around his office before heading home. He would …

EnvironmentFood InsufficiencyLocal EconomyPollutionPovertyRecycleSolutionsWaste

Food Waste, Hunger, Energy and Growth in New York City

Cities are growing. So, too, is the collective demand for food production and waste collection. In New York City – home to about 8.5 million people – more than 6 million tons of waste is disposed of every year. Nearly a third of that waste is organic, including food that: …

Be GreenLocal Economy

Restaurants are Prioritizing Sustainability in 2017

When you study recent trends in the food and restaurant industry, it’s obvious that sustainability is more than a passing fad. We’re seeing more and more partners in the industry turning towards efficiency in how they source, create, and deliver food – and consumers are demanding it. read more Powered …

Local Economy

Ideas and Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Living

Connect4Climate recently co-hosted Sustainability Week, a series of panel discussions and events with the Hospital Club, a social venue in central London, created by Paul Allen co-founder of Microsoft and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, that encourages the free flow of ideas and innovative solutions. Sustainability Week, now in its …

Local EconomySmart Cities

10 Strategies for a Stronger, Greener Economy for Cities

Posted by: TheCityFix – produced by WRICities Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban …

FinancingLocal EconomySmart Cities

Three Promising Strategies for Financing Sustainable Cities

Sustainable, accessible, thriving cities are within our reach. Investing in solutions like energy and building efficiency, integrated public transit and better land use and transit planning can improve health, quality of life and economic opportunities in cities. In fact, the Better Growth, Better Climate report from The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds more …

Green BuildingHealthcareLocal Economy

Healthy Places for All: The Role of the Real Estate Industry

In many areas, your Zip Code can predict your life expectancy. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) Social equity is a critical ingredient of a healthy place. Too often, neighborhoods that are largely composed of low-income people or people of color lack the services and amenities needed to support a healthy lifestyle, …