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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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Where to Learn Sustainable Construction Techniques Suitable For the Middle East Region

Meet USGBC Education Partner the Qatar Green Building Council Interviewed by Melanie Share, Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council. The Qatar GBC’s aim is to promote planned and feasible sustainable development by collaborating with industry leaders and experts to define a set of environmental and green building best practice guidelines based …

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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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Whose Job Is It to Worry If a City’s Water Supply is Sustainable?

by Dean Saitta   Gross Reservoir, Boulder County, owned by Denver Water (Wikipedia) The headline asks one of the big questions prompted by a recent Planetizen interview with Denver Planning Director Brad Buchanan. It’s broached in the comments thread in a lively exchange between Jim Safranek and Jake Wegmann. Mr. Safranek says …

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The Drain Gain: Art and An End to Forgettable Stormwater Management

The Dirt ASLA As our climate becomes more unpredictable, finding better ways to manage stormwater is crucial to mitigating flood damage. However, traditional stormwater management strategies can be unforgettable at best and unsightly at worst. In the new book, Artful Rainwater Design: Creative Ways to Manage Stormwater, authors and Pennsylvania …

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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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Top 4 Portuguese Smart Cities: Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto, and Oeiras

by Vitor Pereira A recent study developed by IDC – Analyse The Future, places Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto and Oeiras at the Top 4 intelligent cities in Portugal. This study, presented in Lisbon at the Analytical Cities event, organized by the Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy, was developed with the …

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Daoukro, Ivory Coast Launches First Waste Management and Sanitation Trainings

by Global Site Plans – The Grid   As part of their urban sanitation platform, the Ivory Coast’s Ministry of the Environment, Urban Sanitation, and Sustainable Development (MINESUDD) initiated a series of actions that brought sanitation infrastructure to all cities. These actions also lead to the creation of organized local waste management systems. …

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7 Opportunities for Green Buildings in China, According to Developers

China’s low-carbon future depends on green buildings. With nearly 2 billion square meters of new floor space added each year, China’s building sector offers tremendous opportunities for the country to move toward a cleaner economy. These recommendations are based on a comprehensive literature review and a number of interviews that …

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Cities and Regions Commit to the Sustainable and Inclusive Management of Water

by United Cities and Local Governments UCLG Cities and regions from all over the world gathered at the World Water Forum on the occasion of the 4th International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities on Water in Gyeongju (Republic of Korea) on 13 and 14 April, reaffirmed the crucial need for …