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Awards for Sustainable Energy Projects in European Cities

January 21, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Last year's winner: the self-sufficient Polish Commune of Kisielice.

This year, the European Union is, for the first time, offering to recognise sustainable energy projects that operate at a local level in cities, communities and regions. There are just two weeks left to enter initial details of a project to the competition, with a final deadline of 28 February 2015.[read more]

Who Needs Cars? Smart Mobility Can Make Cities Sustainable

January 21, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Smart Sustainable Mobility

Smart urban mobility has multiple benefits. For one, it helps reduce congestion and improve traffic safety in cities worldwide. Efficient transport systems like bus rapid transit (BRT) save commuters time, reap economic benefits, and reduce the risk of traffic crashes.[read more]

Alternative Energy Options Expand in Galway, Ireland

January 21, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Galway Renewables Growth

Facing the Atlantic Ocean, Galway in Ireland is one of the windiest places on Earth. Wind energy was always going to be the number one alternative energy choice, but there are others including geothermal energy, hydropower, solar and biomass.[read more]

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Revealed: the Greatest Global Business and Societal Opportunities in Sustainability

January 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

Some see risk, others see opportunity.

They say that crises and risks for some are opportunities for others. Following on from the World Economic Forum's Global Risks report last Friday, is a new Global Opportunities Report, published this morning by UN Global Compact, DNV GL and Scandinavian think tank Monday Morning.[read more]

Why Cities are the Solution to Climate Change: A Q&A with Ani Dasgupta

January 20, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Cities and Climate Change

Ani Dasgupta is the Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and speaker at the upcoming Transforming Transportation 2015 conference, designed to learn more about the unique solutions cities can offer to combat climate change, boost economic prosperity, and catalyze smart urbanization.[read more]

What Will it Take to Create Smart Cities in India?

January 19, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India and Smart Urbanism

In June 2014, the Government of India announced its ambitious plan to build smart cities across the country. To make the most of this push for smarter cities, city and national leaders need to plan a comprehensive urbanization strategy. But what will this entail?[read more]

Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro Announced Co-Winners of the 2015 Sustainable Transport Award

January 18, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sustainable Transportation Award

The winners of the 2015 Sustainable Transport Award have been announced! Organized by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), the Sustainable Transportation Award (STA) recognizes outstanding vision and innovation in sustainable transport over the past year.[read more]

Erie, Pennsylvania Celebrates the City's First LEED Gold Project: The Erie Art Museum

January 17, 2015 by evolve environment::architecture

Erie Art Museum LEED Gold Project

The Erie Art Museum recently hosted a celebration honoring the green building certification awarded by the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for its recently opened renovation and addition.[read more]

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New Study Identifies How Cities Can Cut Energy Use by 25% by 2050

January 14, 2015 by David Thorpe

Found: the energy-saving wedge.

A new study of the energy use of 274 cities shows how different tactics will be necessary to reduce energy consumption in different cities. It adds that a particular effort to reduce consumption in fast-urbanising cities in Asia could potentially reduce total global energy use in cities by more than 25%.[read more]

Corporate Sustainability Initiatives: WWF Offers Free Tools

January 14, 2015 by Derek Wong

Business and Sustainability

Need some help driving your office’s green initiatives? WWF offers free downloadable tools including getting-started guides, spreadsheets, benchmarks, campaign poster templates for green initiatives on energy reduction, paper reduction, waste reduction, travel, procurement, and green team building. I find some of the tools very useful.[read more]

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Now Is the Time for Cities to End Reliance on Fossil Fuels

January 13, 2015 by David Thorpe

Saudi oil well

The price of oil continues to fall, making investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency less economically attractive. But this is all the more reason why now is the time to switch.[read more]

Cities Fighting Black Carbon to Achieve Public Health and Climate Benefits

January 13, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Decarbonization

Black carbon, a short-lived climate pollutant emitted into the air by incomplete combustion of fuels, is a both major contributor to climate change and a concern for public health in cities. At the global scale, black carbon has been identified as the second most important human emission contributing to climate change.[read more]