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100 Cities Sign UP for Climate Change Adaptation Program

October 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Mayors Adapt is the name of this game 

The first pan-European initiative to support cities in leading the way on adaptation to climate change saw 100 cities be recognised at the Mayors Adapt Signature Ceremony in Brussels last week attended by high-level representatives.An Urban Adaptation Support Tool was launched that any city may use.[read more]

Indian Business Leaders Slam Government Guidelines on Smart Cities and Propose Resilience Model

October 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

The report's cover

An Indian business think tank has developed a Smart Cities Maturity Model (SCMM) to establish the metrics to be applied to a Future City for gauging resilience. It argues that current investment in India for its 100 Smart Cities programme must apply these to be successful, and is dangerously narrow-focussed at present.[read more]

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USAID Signs Deals to Foster Eco-Cities in the Middle East

October 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

USAID's paradigm shift on waste 

Mediterranean cities and those of the Middle East should move towards a green economy, delegates said at The Eco Cities of the Mediterranean Forum, which is being held in Amman, Jordan, and where three major agreements have been signed by USAID to finance sustainable developments.[read more]

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Why Are European States Refusing to Eco-Refit Their Public Buildings?

October 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

The European Commission has set a target for 3% of public buildings throughout the continent to be renovated to improve their energy efficiency every year. We all know this will save public money on energy bills. But most countries are dragging their feet. Why?[read more]

Solar City Will Offer New Homeowner Financing Program on Solar Systems

October 17, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

For those wanting to convert their electrical energy supply to solar panels, but have been road-blocked by affordability issues, such as the up-front cost, Solar City has announced it will start offering homeowners a form of financing for their solar system called MyPower.[read more]

Grants to Aid Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Goal: Swimmable & Fishable by 2020

October 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Baltimore Inner Harbor Clean Up

As a major port city, Baltimore’s history with industrial activity influenced how the city’s land has been zoned and developed over time. The resulting design, infrastructure, and zoning of Baltimore’s neighborhoods has not always lent itself to environmental protection and sustainability.[read more]

A Common Vision: NYC People's Climate March and City Parks

October 15, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Activism and Public Vision

While goals of climate change campaigns such as the recent People's Climate March commonly include calls for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and transitioning to renewable sources of energy, the role of parks in the overall environmental health of cities is often overlooked.[read more]

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The UN Plans that EVs Will Make 30% of Individual Journeys by 2030 – But Where Will The Electricity Come From?

October 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

A quarter of families in Copenhagen with two children or more own a cargo bike. And cycle in the snow.

A new UN initiative has been launched that aims to make electric vehicles make 30% of individual motorised journeys in cities by 2030. But where is the sustainable energy source going to come from to supply the extra electricity needed? The UN should be supporting more walking and cycling in cities to take people out of vehicles altogether.[read more]

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Cities and Subnational Governments Meet in Korea to ask: Can Cities Help Stop Species Loss?

October 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

Catalonia, Quebec and Sao Paulo at the Biodiversity Summit for Cities Subnational Governments

The Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments is this week highlighting the invaluable contribution of cities and subnational governments towards greener national economies and improved quality of life across nations.[read more]

This Solar Cell Stores Its Own Power

October 12, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Solar Cells and Storage

This solar cell is unlike any others because it stores power. This patent-pending device, invented at The Ohio State University, is the world’s first solar battery. This intention has plenty of potential to be a disruptive factor for the renewable energy industry.[read more]

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Market for Energy Efficiency Is $360 billion/yr and Bigger Than Renewables

October 9, 2014 by David Thorpe

Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director IEA 

Energy efficiency is big business worth between $310 billion and $360 billion in 2011 according to the IEA. This figure is nearly $100 billion higher than investment in renewable energy in 2013. It represents an important opportunity for national and local governments to fight climate change, save money and boost their local economies.[read more]

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Who Speaks for Cycling and Walkability in the UN's Sustainable Transport Group?

October 6, 2014 by David Thorpe

The joint leaders of the group.

In August UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the members of a 12-member advisory group that will develop a global policy on sustainable transport, including Olof Persson, CEO of the Volvo Group, and Carolina Tohá, the mayor of Santiago, Chile. But no member is representing cyclists and pedestrians.[read more]