Category Archives: Urban Planning

New Resources Help Leaders Plan Sustainable Cities

Resources Help Urban Planners, Policy Makers Coordinate Visions  The World Resources Institute and Johnson Controls have launched an initiative that brings together their policy and technical expertise to help rapidly growing cities in developing countries plan a low-carbon infrastructure to … Continue reading

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Rockefeller Foundation Seeks Resilient Cities

Is Your City Resilient The 100 Resilient Cities Challenge seeks to find 100 cities that are ready to build resilience to the social, economic, and physical challenges that cities face in an increasingly urbanized world. We can’t predict the next … Continue reading

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Obama Announces Billion-Dollar Climate Change Challenge

Plan Lacks Substance, Vision Speaking at the commencement ceremony at the University of California Irvine on Saturday, President Barack Obama continued his advocacy to curb carbon emissions by committing $1 billion in competitive funding measures to address the effects of extreme weather, … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Investing $50 Million To Defend Coastlines From Rising Sea Level

Grants Available To Cities, Towns The Patrick Administration has announced a grant program to reduce or eliminate risks associated with coastal storms, erosion and sea level rise through natural and nonstructural approaches called green infrastructure. The grants, available to cities, towns … Continue reading

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Cities Sued By Insurance Company Over Climate Change

Failure To Prepare For Heavier Rainfall Leads To Landmark Case Last month, Farmers Insurance Co. filed nine class-action lawsuits arguing that local governments in the Chicago area are aware that climate change is leading to heavier rainfall but are failing … Continue reading

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UN Climate Report Charts Ways To Fight Global Warming

Cities Must Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Become more Resilient To Weather Global Warming The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) mitigation report, released Sunday in Berlin, explores some 1,200 scenarios to avert the worsening effects of global warming by 2100. The proposals … Continue reading

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Green Spaces Can Improve Mental Health and Productivity

Green Is Good For Communities and Companies Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health, finds a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology. Analyzing data that followed people over … Continue reading

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UN Asked To Make Sustainable Cities A Priority

Sustainable Cities Critical In Fight Against Climate Change As chair of the Group of 77 and China, Fiji has called on world leaders to give urgent attention to the sustainability of cities. The message was relayed to world leaders at the … Continue reading

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Transforming Cities A Matter Of Survival For Millions

Can Sustainability Movement Outrun Climate Change? By Rob Garris, Director for Bellagio Programs, Rockefeller Foundation Leading figures from governments, civil society, and corporations from around the globe gathered in August 2013 at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center to imagine a different kind of … Continue reading

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U.N. Launches Green Climate Fund With Little Support From Rich Nations

Event Underscores Urgency Of Climate Change, Resiliency The Green Climate Fund, designed as the United Nations’ most important funding body in the battle on climate change in developing nations, launched its headquarters on Wednesday in South Korea, but uncertainty over … Continue reading

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