Greening Bus Fleets Requires a Range of Strategies

by TheCityFix – produced by EMBARQ   In 2012 alone, Latin America saw 131,000 preventable air pollution-related deaths. To reduce emissions and improve air quality, it’s essential that public transit fleets—like buses—become more fuel-efficient. Adopting cleaner fuels—like natural gas or low-sulfur diesel—and upgrading to technologies that produce fewer toxic emissions are …

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Webinar Round-up: What Makes a Smart City?

Commuter cycling to work in a suit. by David Thorpe Last week’s webinar on Smart Cities by Sustainable Cities Collective was a successful discussion of many of the controversial aspects of smart cities. Here you can read the Twitter record (Storify) and below is the podcast and slide show. Listen here As …

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Why Are the Two Most Sustainable Forms of Transport Missing from the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

  Walking and cycling may be the two most basic modes of transport, but they may also be the most promising for a sustainable future. In a car-filled world, it’s the people who use their own two feet or two wheels that are making efficient use of space in crowded cities …

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$150 Million to Transform Sustainable Public Transport in Mexico City

  With a metropolitan population of more than 21 million people—and growing quickly—Mexico City faces distinct challenges in delivering sustainable urban mobility. Whether to combat a long history of urban sprawl or to meet the mobility needs of different communities, the city has had to innovate throughout its history to help residents move …

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City Leaders Must Engage Citizen Support for Sustainable Infrastructure – EIU Report

by David Thorpe A section of Line One of the Panama City Metro, built by FCC Construction. Urban infrastructure and services in cities around the world are in need of major investment within the next five years if they are to remain adequate, according to 68% of respondents to a survey …


Now Is the Time for Cities to End Reliance on Fossil Fuels

The price of oil continues to fall, making investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency less economically attractive. But this is all the more reason why now is the time to switch. A recent post on our sister site, The Energy Collective, argues that the Saudis are willing to let the …

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New Study Identifies How Cities Can Cut Energy Use by 25% by 2050

A new study of the energy use of 274 cities shows how different tactics will be necessary to reduce energy consumption in different cities. It adds that a particular effort to reduce consumption in fast-urbanising cities in Asia could potentially reduce total global energy use in cities by more than 25%. The analysis …

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Peru’s Climate Leaders Awarded over $11 Million for Low-Carbon Urban Transport

Peru was recently awarded €9 million ($11.14 million) for its urban transport Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) by the German and British NAMA facility. This climate finance award will allow the Peruvian government to leverage $50 million from development aid agencies – especially KfW, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and CAF Development Bank of Latin America …

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Magical Thinking in the Age of Green

by Stephanie Pincetl We are not in the Age of Aquarius that had brought—to some of us—radical hope about societal change and a turn toward ecology, steady state growth, and different GDP metrics, including happiness. The age was about love, unity, integrity, sympathy, harmony, understanding and trust. The Age of …

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No Signage at Your Bus Stop? Make Your Own

Some commuters in Brazil take an active role in improving the bus system. (Shoot The Shit) A year ago, Gabriel Gomes was waiting for the bus in his hometown of Porto Alegre in Brazil. Gomes had recently pasted a sticker on the pole next to the stop, a little white …