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Vienna Seeks Ideas to Reinvent Citizen Inclusion

April 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

Vienna seeks proposals for social harmony.

Forward-thinking cities around the world are increasingly competing - as well as cooperating - to position themselves as 'greener' than each other or to promote some singular quality that makes them stand out. Now Vienna has launched a competition for proposals to do just this.[read more]

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ICLEI Says Smart Cities Need Citizen Buy-In

April 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Do people want their cities wired?

“A smart city is a city which can provide - with fewer resources - more efficiency, more services for its citizens and a higher quality of life in a rapidly urbanizing world.” A fine ideal, but is this just for big business, or can citizens have a say? This was a hot topic at ICLEI's Global Town Hall 2014 last week.[read more]

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UK Announces £1bn for Three New Garden Cities

April 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The first ever garden city at Letchworth.

The UK government has announced that it wishes to see three new garden cities built in the south of England. It has pledged £1 billion of funding and created a new body, the Urban Development Corporation to drive forward their development, along with another garden city announced last month at Ebbsfleet, east of London.[read more]

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"There is no Plan B": Business Leaders Label New IPCC Report "A Wake-Up Call"

April 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Greenpeace's response to IPCC report

Urgent action by governments around the world is required to prevent the average global temperature from reaching a disastrous 4.8°C (8.6°F) by the end of the century, according to a new report endorsed by governments, from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) after a one week meeting in Berlin.[read more]

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European Cities Urged to Link Up to Achieve a Circular Economy

April 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

House 2019 - winner of a 2014 EMAS Award

A European Commission forum has this week highlighted the latest developments, benefits and challenges for civil society and public administrations, not to mention businesses across Europe, and hosted the EMAS Awards for eco-efficiency with numerous case studies.[read more]

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Check Up of India's Heart - Delhi: A Diagnosis of the Capital's Public Transport

April 10, 2014 by Pratik Dave

Delhi Public Transportation

Delhi Transport Service (DTS) was incorporated in 1948 by the Government of India for local bus services, which were previously operated by the Gwalior and Northern India Transport Co. Ltd. Later, DTS was reconstituted under the Road Transport Corporation Act in 1950.[read more]

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Joseph Stiglitz's Recommendations to Address Inequality

April 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Nobel Economics Laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz

The World Urban Forum underway this week in Medellin, Columbia, is taking place on the world's most urbanised continent, struggling, as with many cities around the world, to meet the needs of millions of people crowded into these areas.[read more]

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UK Launches World's First Scheme to Pay Homeowners to make Renewable Heat

April 9, 2014 by David Thorpe

It's Mr Renewables!

The first scheme in the world that will pay owners of domestic buildings for generating renewable heat has been launched in the UK. Like feed-in tariffs, the financial incentive scheme offers householders a fixed amount per kilowatt-hour generated from various technologies.[read more]

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Sustainable Cities Collective Wins Social Media Award in Green Category

April 8, 2014 by David Thorpe
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We won a Shorty Award!

Sustainable Cities Collective last night won a Shorty Award for the best of social media in the Green category. We are very flattered to be selected and honoured in this manner. It puts us up there alongside famous people like Jerry Seinfeld, Ian McKellen, Jamie Oliver and, er, the Matrix Cat (an animated gif in case you didn't know).[read more]

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Equity put at Forefront of Sustainable Urbanism at World Urban Forum 7

April 7, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Inclusion must be central to urbanism

Over 25,000 delegates have gathered in Medellin, Colombia for the seventh UN Habitats' World Urban Forum “Urban Equity in Development - Cities for Life”, where the dominant theme is equality and inclusion.[read more]

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Tools to Help You with Sustainable Procurement

April 4, 2014 by David Thorpe

You know it makes sense.

Everyone is talking about a 'closed loop' and 'circular economy' - code for sustainable resource management . This post contains a range of resources and links to advice and tips, standards and guidelines support wanting to implement a sustainable procurement policy.[read more]

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Revealed: the Best and Worst Cities for Commuting in the World

April 3, 2014 by David Thorpe
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No more sprawl.

Two studies released this week, one global and the other covering the USA, reveal the best and worst in urban planning for sustainable commuting and make recommendations for how to achieve sustainable urban mobility.[read more]