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 …

Smart Cities

From Ideas to Implementation: Creating Sustainable Cities with Good Governance

  Posted by TheCityFix – produced by WRICities How do we make cities work for people? As a WRI Helms Fellow on Urban Governance and Sustainable Cities, Maria Antonia Tigre was tasked with answering this question. Through From ideas to implementation: creating sustainable cities with good governance here on TheCityFix, Maria …

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A Small, New York Farm That’s Single-handedly Dismantling Oppressive Food Systems

Soul Fire Farm workers. Photo by Capers Rumph Posted by: Shareable On a small farm in Grafton New York, a group of people are dismantling oppressive food systems in low-income communities and getting farm-fresh produce to people with limited access to healthy food. Soul Fire Farm, which was started in 2012, is a …

EnergySmart CitiesSolutions

How One City Used Policy Integration to Enable Sustainable Energy Sources

Posted by TheCityFix – produced by WRICities   While cities need to address energy and climate challenges, national governments can play a critical role in enabling local action. As ministers from 23 countries highlighted at the Clean Energy Ministerial in Merida, Mexico last May, national governments can provide support by coordinating …

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Banks Should Lend World’s Top 500 Cities At Least $1bn to Tackle Climate Change – NCE-2015 Report

by David Thorpe Multilateral development banks, donors and others should lend the world’s top 500 cities at least US$1 billion to help them implement low carbon urban development strategies by 2020, according to the New Climate Economy 2015 report. This report, published today by the Global Commission on the Economy …

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How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

by Kiva Bottero Communities both big and small are having a sustainable makeover in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact. This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. Source: http://publicadmin.norwich.edu/the-importance-of-creating-sustainable-communities-the-role-of-public-works/ Screen reader version: Sustainability is …


Meet the Businesses Aiming for 100% Renewable Energy

by David Thorpe Sustainability chiefs gather at the Formula E eprix in Battersea Park, London, calling for the uptake of renewable power across the private sector.’ From left to right: Phil Levermore, Chairman of The Climate Group; Mohamed Anis, Head of Energy and Services for Europe – Infosys; Penny Cross, Director of …

Smart CitiesSustainable Development

Baltimore to Receive National Award  for Excellence in Sustainability

US STAR Communities map. by David Thorpe Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (right) and more than 50 civic partners will today announce Baltimore City’s new national rating for its efforts to become a more sustainable community. The troubled city will receive some good news and a reward for community efforts to pull itself …

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How to Obtain Finance For Greener Buildings: Guidelines for the Real Estate Sector

The property sector has recently received significant attention related to climate change and sustainability efforts, and rightfully so. Contributing one-third of global carbon emissions and consuming 40% of global energy and resources, 25% of water and 60% of electricity (in Europe and the US, this is even over 80%), the …

EnergySmart CitiesSolutionsWater

The Hidden Links Between Saving Water and Saving Energy

Picture: fredmosc, License: CC0 Public Domain The water used by our buildings and industries, measured at the water meter, is generally only a fraction of the total water consumed, if you look at how energy is produced. Additionally, 16% of energy use is consumed by water supply. Sustainability is served …