Tag Archives: Sustainable Cities

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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Business Must Collaborate With Local Government To Expedite Sustainability

 Bottom-Line Partnerships Critical To Success Many cities have a vision for what a sustainable and resilient urban environment and community look like, but openly acknowledge shortages of capital, employee bandwidth and political cover to pull it off alone.  “What unites us … Continue reading

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Silver Spring Networks Lightens Load For LED Cities

 Energy Efficiency A Bright Move For Everyone By Joel Makower How many technologies does it take to change a city’s light bulbs? That’s a question being addressed, more or less, around the world as major metropolitan areas retrofit their street … Continue reading

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Sustainable Cities and Communities Throughout The Americas A Priority

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 … Continue reading

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Sustainable Cities Get Boost From IBM, Citigroup

Banks Back Sustainable Cities Citi has been involved in a project in Brazil that demonstrates how cities can be more sustainable. For three weeks in April, myself and Derek Rego, from transaction banking, worked in Porto Alegre, the capital and … Continue reading

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Sustainable Role Models For Cities and Communities

Green Capitals Of The World 10. Bogotá, Colombia In recent years, Bogotá has drastically improved its reputation, moving from a city plagued with organized crime and poverty to one that is renowned for its green living and sustainability. The capital … Continue reading

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Smart Cities Council Launched to Promote Smart, Sustainable Cities

Sustainable Cities Network 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 … Continue reading

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National Policy Battles Impact Sustainable Business

Green Investments Blocked By Uncertainty Voluntary corporate sustainability initiatives and environmental policy are essential, but not complete solutions by themselves. We also need laws, oversight and guidelines to set the entire competitive floor at a level that protects the environment and … Continue reading

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Portland Hosts Conference On EcoDistricts and Cities

Sustainable City Network Representatives from eight cities gathered at Portland’s Ecotrust building Tuesday for the start of a workshop designed to train municipal leaders on the art of neighborhood revitalization. The group EcoDistricts, formerly known as the Portland Sustainability Institute, … Continue reading

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10 Things That Make A Green City

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 … Continue reading

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