Category: Local Government

cities and global warming and climate change

Sustainability In China The release of the Blueprint for Sustainable Use of Resources by the Environment Bureau outlining policy proposals for the next 10 years is a significant step. As in most cities, the success of that policy vision will depend largely on the response of the community to the proposals and to similar initiatives […]

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Sustainable Cities North America City mayors, development planners, and civil society representatives met on Monday in Antigua, Guatemala to kick off the 43rd Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly to discuss challenges linked to rapid urbanization in the Americas and exchange best practices for the sustainable development of cities and communities. Participants also discussed […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Green Investments San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors took a big step in April when it recommended by unanimous vote that the city divest nearly $600 million in fossil-fuel holdings from its $16-billion pension fund. As the biggest municipality in North America to take such action, San Francisco is nudging other major cities on the continent to […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Resources For Sustainable Cities Cities around the world are under pressure. Budgets are tight. Growth is necessary. Demands and costs are escalating. Extreme weather is taking its toll. Efficiency and sustainability are priorities, but where should they start to balance the moving pieces? Civic leaders have a new resource in the fight to achieve prosperity […]

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Sustainable, Resilient Cities Plentiful Parks: Parks are the “lungs of the city,” architect Frederic Law Olmsted famously said about New York’s Central Park. From the 500-year-old Giardino della Guastalla in Milan to downtown Houston’s new Discovery Green, parks provide both a place for harried city residents to take a deep breath, relax, and connect with […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Sustainable Urbanization The Future The tangled web of international organizations that constitutes global governance has become so remote and ineffective that few count on it to deliver results anymore. Now, after decades of turf wars and self-marginalization, international organizations must rally around sustainable urbanization. The world is undergoing an unprecedented and irreversible wave of urbanization, […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Middle East Sustainability Cities in the Middle East are quickly emerging as world leaders in sustainability, especially in the areas of net zero energy and waste. Population and economic growth due to the region’s oil reserves are the primary drivers in its aggressive push toward sustainability. With population expected to grow exponentially in the next […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Green Cities and Greener Economies Never before have the world’s cities faced such a daunting combination of challenges, or required such technological creativity to solve them. Cities are at a crossroads. While 50 percent of the world currently lives in cities, by 2050 that figure will be nearly 70 percent. Unless radically different ways of […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Sustainability Leadership Over the past decade, more than 50 major U.S cities have taken significant steps to become more sustainable. According to OurGreenCities.com reports, there has been a focused effort to maintain and grow healthy local economies through smart growth and climate protection, and city leaders are increasingly doing business in a manner that promotes, guides […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

The Green Metropolis This book looks at the rise of urban sustainability in America, using specific case studies. Matthew Slavin first defines different aspects of the terms sustainability. He then goes about explaining the rise of sustainability with many examples from cities like Portland, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Washington DC, San Francisco, Honolulu, Philadelphia, and New York […]

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