Category: Local Government

cities and global warming and climate change

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

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

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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Greener Cities The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and Siemens today announced a new collaboration, both a technical partnership and a global prize competition to recognize city actions and innovation that will accelerate C40 city actions to combat the impacts of global climate change. “Cities around the world — particularly C40 cities — are […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Responsible, Resilient Cities Melbourne is now a carbon-neutral city, as certified by the Australian government’s independent carbon offsetting authority. In an effort to become one of the world’s sustainable and liveable cities, Victoria’s capital has reduced and offset its carbon emissions, meeting the National Carbon Offset Standard set by Low Carbon Australia. “We’re already one […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Australia’s Greenest Cities The Penrith City Council has taken home the prestigious Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Overall Sustainable Council Award for 2012 for their outstanding environmental plan ‘Sustainable Penrith – Working Towards a Sustainable City’. The announcement was made at last night’s Sustainable Cities Awards dinner, hosted by 2011 Overall Winners, Kogarah City Council and Keep Australia […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Greener 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

Environmental Regulation In Cities ‘This book is a useful addition to our literature on climate change law, with its focus on climate change at the local level. It examines how local governments, municipalities and city authorities address climate change through law and policy, and the problems/constraints faced in mitigation and adaptation at the local level. […]

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