Posts in the 'Energy + Climate Change' category
Bogotá's Transmilenio bus rapid transit (BRT) system shows how capital providers and city planners were able to finance and implement a low-carbon project at an unprecedented scale. Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina/Flickr
Creating a Common Narrative for Financing a Sustainable Urban Future
Good ideas that get cities results are worth replicating. Sounds simple enough. But when it comes to scaling up and investing in sustainable urban solutions, it’s complicated. With more than 400 cities making commitments to climate action through the Compact ...
Sustainable sources of energy, like sludge-to-power, can help reduce air pollution in Beijing, China. Photo by Peter Dowley/Flickr.
World Water Day: How “Sludge” Can Power China’s Cities While Cutting Emissions
Last December, Beijing’s city government issued a “red alert” for smog levels—the highest possible designation. Schools and construction sites closed, traffic was restricted, and air pollution reached 10 times the World Health Organization’s recommended limit. Meanwhile, residents in neighboring cities ...
The cherry blossoms blooming in Washington, DC. The city urban tree canopy is about 35 percent. Photo by Karen Blaha/Flickr.
On International Day of Forests, a Look at How Trees Help Make Cities Healthier
While the words “forests” and “cities” don’t traditionally go hand in hand, urban forestry has started to bridge that gap. While some cities have minimal tree cover due to inadequate soil or a lack of space, others are nearly half ...
Better street lighting can help reduce emissions, save money and improve safety, but national support for cities is critical for overcoming the technical and financial barriers. Photo by pang yu liu/Flickr.
Improving Street Lighting Can Be an Easy Win for Cities. Here’s Why National Governments Are Critical
Lighting represents about 15 percent of global power consumption and 5 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Street lighting alone represents about 3 percent of world electricity consumption. Extensive programs that replace obsolete street lighting systems—incandescent, mercury vapor, and ...
The Habitat III Africa Regional Meeting took place February 24-26, 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria. Africa's population is projected to double from 1 billion in 2010 to 2 billion in 2040. Photo by pjotter05/Flickr.
How Can Africa Deliver on Its Ambitious Vision for Habitat III?
From February 24 – 26, 2016 African ministers and stakeholder representatives from numerous civil society organizations gathered in Abuja, Nigeria to discuss African priorities for Habitat III, the U. N.’s 20-year urbanization conference that takes place in October. At the end ...
To compete in the urban century ahead, cities like Istanbul, Turkey will need to innovate how they deliver and finance sustainable services for all. Photo by Benoit Colin/Flickr.
4 Keys to Unlock Innovative Urban Services for All
With rising air pollution to costly traffic congestion and increasingly burdened public finances, cities need to transition onto a sustainable path towards healthy, productive and equitable urban communities. To thrive in the coming urban century, cities will need to innovate ...
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