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Awesome Infographic Shows Benefits of Sustainable Transport

A family travels by train in Germany. There are numerous benefits of sustainable transport, including ditching the stress of family road trips. Today’s Friday Fun features infographics that highlight the many pros of shifting away from private...

Posted April 14, 2015    

China's Clean Air Challenge: Public Unrest Forges the Path Ahead

Transitioning from emissions-intensive vehicles to bicycling and other forms of sustainable transport is a priority of China’s new Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Air Pollution. Photo by Maciej Hrynczyszyn/Flickr.This is the second...

Posted April 14, 2015    

Why We Need Solutions at Scale to Solve Today's Urban Challenges

The ICLEI World Congress takes place in Seoul, South Korea this year, and serves to connect city leaders, enable collaborative partnerships, and facilitate knowledge-sharing for more sustainable development around the world. Photo by Seoul Korea/...

Posted April 13, 2015    

China's 'Dancing Grannies' Vow to Dance On

A group of men and women dance to traditional songs in Lijiang, China, demonstrating how public spaces can be an important facilitator of both physical activity and community building in Chinese cities. Photo by Buster&Bubby/Flickr.Walk through...

Posted April 11, 2015    

Fortaleza, Brazil Shows Why Waste Matters for Sustainable Urban Development

Catadores—Fortaleza, Brazil’s waste pickers—are helping the city reuse its waste and avoid landfill expansion, a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Photo by Louis Vasconcelos/Flickr.In 2002, Brazil produced 60,000 metric tons of waste...

Posted April 10, 2015    

Why Planning for Expansion Helps Build Sustainable, Equitable Cities

São Paulo has historically struggled to expand fast enough to match rapid population growth, resulting in many informal favelas housing residents in the city’s periphery. Photo by Gabriel Cabral/Flickr.Consensus is building around the many benefits...

Posted April 9, 2015    

People-Centric Smart Cities: Five Ways Technology can Support Better Urban Living

Cities worldwide can become smarter by using technology to make public transport more efficient, sustainable, and effective at meeting the mobility needs of their residents. Photo by Cristina Valencia/Flickr.What are smart cities? While there isn’t...

Posted April 8, 2015    

The Eight Principles of the Sidewalk: Building More Active Cities

Sidewalks are an integral part of cities and should be prioritized as a central component of people-oriented urban design. Photo by Marc Buehler/Flickr.Walking is the most democratic way to get around. It is the oldest mode of transport, the...

Posted April 7, 2015    

Building a More Competitive Mexico City Through Energy Efficiency

Buildings are Mexico City’s number one source of greenhouse gas emissions and the focus of a new partnership to improve energy efficiency and create a more sustainable, competitive city. Photo by Alejandro Mejia Greene/Flickr.Mexico City – 1 of 5...

Posted April 6, 2015    

Friday Fun: Three Cities' Pedestrian-Friendly Skyways [PHOTOS]

Skyways, like the one pictured here in Hong Kong, can be an integrated, accessible, and safe option for cities in need of more pedestrian-friendly infrastructure. Photo by See-ming Lee/Flickr.The rapid increase in car ownership in cities worldwide...

Posted April 3, 2015    

Testing Urban Resilience Strategies with Pilot Projects

Strengthening resilience in cities like Dhaka, Bangladesh is vital to protecting vulnerable populations from flooding exacerbated by climate change. Photo by Shawn/Flickr.Cities in the 21st century face two monumental shifts: growing urban...

Posted April 1, 2015    

Why Smart Growth Cities are Safer, Healthier, and Wealthier

A new report from the New Climate Economy project examines the choice that rapidly developing cities like Ahmedabad have between a future of costly sprawl and a future of smart, connected growth. Photo by Meena Kadri/Flickr.Developing countries are...

Posted March 31, 2015