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From ‘Smart City’ to ‘collective intelligence': radical change in Barcelona

Barcelona en Comú party celebrates in Barcelona during a press conference following the results in Spain’s municipal and regional elections on May 24. by Kate Shea Baird On May 24, Barcelona went to the polls and, by a narrow margin, elected the radical new citizen platform, Barcelona en Comú (Barcelona in …

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The value and limits of urban sustainability indicators

by Loan Diep Are indicators a useful way of increasing resource efficiency and resilience in cities – and if so, which indicators are most valuable? Loan Diep and David Dodman report back from the ICLEI World Congress. What information do city officials need if they are to increase sustainability, resource efficiency, …

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Why Planning for Expansion Helps Build Sustainable, Equitable Cities

  Consensus is building around the many benefits of compact cities. Overall, compact cities use fewer resources, produce fewer carbon emissions, and provide better quality of life for their inhabitants than their sprawled counterparts. In rapidly urbanizing countries in the global south, however, many medium-sized cities are expected to double …

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Dissecting Atlanta’s southern sustainability stand

Shutterstock by Mike Hower Atlanta is a city of contrasts. It boasts a thriving business community — home to several major brands, including Coca-Cola, CNN and Holiday Inn — but also suffers from growing economic inequality. On top of that, Atlanta faces several other serious sustainability and resiliency issues. Although the …

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70% renewables by 2050? It’s doable with ‘Internet of Energy’

DNV-GL DNV-GL says that new business models built around information technologies are what will move electricity into renewables. by Barbara Grady Within a generation, it is likely that most of the world’s electricity will be from renewable sources, according to some 1,600 professionals in the power industry. Getting to that future …

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5 public-private partnerships pushing the sustainability envelope

Shutterstock T photography by Mike Hower The Central Park Conservancy, in partnership with the city of New York, has helped keep Central Park clean and green since 1980. The world’s social and environmental problems are too grand for the public or private sectors to tackle alone. Energy, water and air quality concerns, …

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Citi Launches $100 Billion Initiative to Combat Climate Change

Citi’s LEED-certified data center in Frankfurt, Germany. Image credit: Arup by Caitlin Kauffman Citi announced a commitment to lend, invest and facilitate a total of $100 billion within the next 10 years to finance activities that reduce the impacts of climate change and create environmental solutions that benefit people and communities. Citi’s …

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Four Ways In Which Climate-Smart Cities Use Green Infrastructure To Create Resilience

At the New Partners for Smart Growth conference in Baltimore, a panel of experts assessed the use green infrastructure to boost the resilience of communities impacted by natural hazards. The Trust for Public Land is examining how to implement green infrastructure to make cities more “climate smart” (see a brief video above). According to Breece …

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Designing with Nature: Insights for Drought Resilience and Carbon in Elqui Valley, Chile

By Paula Villagra Measures taken in cities to improve their adaptation to drought and for carbon sequestration are usually based on general standards to reduce water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and/or to reach an efficient use of water and energy. Normally, these proposals are introduced using ‘globalized’ technologies, which …

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How Will Cities Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

One new effort aims to harmonize the many methods cities use for tracking their greenhouse-gas emissions. Meanwhile, London is looking to push the whole field of city emissions tracking to a new level. (Taiga/ By now, big-city pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions have a familiar ring to them. Seoul …