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Creating Community: Review of Last Week's Webinar on Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities

March 2, 2015 by David Thorpe

How can real communities by designed?

The SCC #SustainableChat Webinar: Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities held last Wednesday was very successful. Our panel of experts covered the design, economics, sustainability and community related issues of the topic. But the conversation has only just begun....[read more]


What are the Best Indicators for Measuring the Sustainability of Cities?

February 18, 2015 by David Thorpe

How do we know if we have hit the target?

All over the world, individuals, groups, towns and cities are struggling with the knowledge that in total, humanity's activities breach the ability of the planet to support them. There is a wide variety of initiatives and programs which are being developed to try to address this. This is my second post on attempts to define a universal standard for the environmental aspects of sustainable towns and cities.[read more]


What Singapore Can Teach All Cities About Using Urban Green Infrastructure To Mitigate Megadroughts

February 17, 2015 by Warren Karlenzig

Singapore, where landscaping protects from extreme weather effects.

NASA's new report on the likelihood of megadrought in the Central and Western US is a harsh yet timely wake-up call for cities and the need for green infrastructure, which is often the best way to deal with problems of water scarcity, quality, flooding, and urban heat islands, according to John Parker, Chief Economist, Impact Infrastructure.[read more]


Tea Party Activists, the ICLEI and Sustainability in Southwest Virginia

February 17, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Anti-ICLEI Roanoke County Supervisor, Al Bedrosian 

Membership of the ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives), which helps to guide – but imposes no mandates – on regions trying to sustain their economies, has been cancelled in Roanoke County, Virginia, by local Tea Party activists on political grounds.[read more]


Could We Define a Universal Standard for Sustainable Towns and Cities?

February 12, 2015 by David Thorpe

Beyond the ecological fooprint

How should sustainability be defined for cities and towns? Why is there no universal standard? In a fast urbanising world already living beyond the means of the planet, this is an urgent task: to create, using open data, easily updatable info and present it in a way that people can use it at all levels from government downwards to determine and compare progress.[read more]


Would You Really Call Frankfurt The World's Most Sustainable City?

February 11, 2015 by David Thorpe

Hong Kong is ranked 8th

The multinational construction firm Arcadis has produced its own list of the world's most sustainable cities, out of a sample of 50 cities from 31 countries worldwide, but do the criteria used mean it has any value?[read more]


Investors Dumping Coal & Gas Should Now Look at Sustainable Infrastructure

February 6, 2015 by David Thorpe

Go Fossil Free Day is 13/14 Feb.

Attendees at the upcoming Financing Sustainable and Resilient Global Infrastructure Summit in May might just include the world's richest sovereign wealth fund which will be looking for somewhere to put its money after it has divested itself from coalmining by dumping 40 coalmining companies from its portfolio.[read more]


Guess Which City Tops List for the Worst Traffic Jams?

February 5, 2015 by David Thorpe

Jakarta traffic: going nowhere.

Indonesia's capital Jakarta has the world's worst traffic jams according to a new survey by Castrol, its 2014 Magnatec Stop-Start Index. But the solutions to congestion are already known.[read more]


Dubai Becomes First City to Fuel Municipal Vehicles on 100% Local Waste Cooking Oil

February 4, 2015 by David Thorpe

Renewable fuel from the Middle East.

Dubai is to become the first city in the world to formally adopt biodiesel made 100% locally from 100% waste cooking oil for use in its municipal vehicles.[read more]


City Leaders Must Engage Citizen Support for Sustainable Infrastructure - EIU Report

February 3, 2015 by David Thorpe

A section of Line One of the Panama City Metro

Urban infrastructure and services in cities around the world are in need of major investment within the next five years if they are to remain adequate, according to 68% of respondents to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The results show that city leaders need to do more to engage citizens.[read more]


UCLG, EU and Four Other Local Authority Networks Sign Historic Agreement on Sustainable Development

January 30, 2015 by David Thorpe

The agreement affects about half the world's local governments.

The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the European Commission, together with three other important networks in local government, have signed a historic agreement to work together on development issues in order to tackle global poverty and inequality, promote democracy and sustainable development.[read more]


New Open Source Calculator Claims the World Can Live Well And Tackle Climate Change

January 28, 2015 by David Thorpe

We can have our cake and eat it, apparently.

A new, seemingly authoritative and open source Global Calculator tool claims to have discovered that everybody in the world can have a reasonable standard of living that is compatible with living within planetary boundaries. But how is this possible? And how much would it cost?[read more]