From Bogota to Belgrade, Cities Commit to Energy-Efficient Buildings
Belgrade, Serbia committed to new goals in building efficiency. Photo by Andres Arjona/Flickr
Around the world, urban leaders including university presidents, renowned architects, city mayors and financial managers are recognizing the need to manage explosive energy demand growth from rapid urbanization. But changing business-as-usual development is not an easy task. Today, 12 new ...
Urban Planning “Games”: A Novel Approach to an Old Problem
Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Gabriel Garcia Marengo/Flickr
How do you liven up discussions around urban planning, get participants thinking outside of the box and get people to take a holistic and inclusive approach to community planning? Why not try a game? Games are emerging as a useful ...
C40 Financing Sustainable Cities Forum & Workshop
Forum location: Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Camila Uchoa
Global leaders in city finance met in Rio de Janeiro on 5 April 2016 for the first-of-its-kind global forum to accelerate the financing of climate action in cities. The C40 Financing Sustainable Cities Forum brought together over 130 representatives from ...
4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities
Building efficiency offers benefits to cities. Photo by Hsiuan Boyen/Flickr
Urbanization presents major challenges: congestion, sprawl, inefficiency, health hazards and high cost of living, just to name a few. But the choices we make for our cities can transform these challenges into opportunities: mobility, connectivity, economies of scale, healthier lifestyles ...
A New Coalition Will Prove Sustainable Cities Are Better for Growth, Better for Climate
A view of the Mumbai Skyline. Photo Credit: Visphot/Flickr
Cities are all about efficiency. It’s why they exist: to allow easy access to jobs, goods, services and ideas. However, in many countries, new and expanding cities are sprawling, car-dependent and uncoordinated – a set-up that’s not only inefficient, but ...
Creating “Super-Blocks” in Barcelona
Barcelona's city blocks. Photo by shawnleishman/Flickr
Barcelona is re-designing its streets; city planners released a new plan that takes city spaces back from cars, for the people. Re-orienting the city to the human scale, Barcelona’s leaders have decided to create more space for walking and cycling, ...
The Rise of the Urban Energy “Prosumer”
The Rise of the Urban Energy “Prosumer”
An increasingly important actor on India’s urban scene could help reach the ambitious Indian goal of reaching 40 GW of rooftop solar power capacity by 2022. Meet the urban electricity “prosumer,” a consumer of electricity who also produces it and ...
What Can We Learn from Thailand’s Inclusive Approach to Upgrading Informal Settlements?
Housing along the canals in Bangkok. Photo by Alex Berger/Flickr
Currently, an estimated one billion people worldwide live in informal settlements where they lack access to basic services and infrastructure and are often threatened with forced eviction. While the overall proportion of the world’s urban population living in informal settlements ...
Financing Sustainable Solutions: What Cities Need to Deliver on COP21 Commitments and Beyond
A view of Rio de Janeiro's Transcarioca Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor. Photo by EMBARQ Brasil/WRI Brasil
Cities are at the forefront of combatting climate change. Many cities and municipal governments and agencies were party to the Paris Agreement reached at COP21 in December, and many have committed to ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals and meaningful climate ...
How Does Your City Prioritize Energy Efficiency Actions? Participate Now in a New Survey!
Photo by Brendan Corey Benson/Flickr.
Are you involved with decision making, operations or investments in the buildings and real estate sector? If the answer is yes, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities invites you to please share your insights in a survey designed to expand ...