10 Strategies for a Stronger, Greener Economy
Investments in low-carbon development are a major opportunity for cities to contribute in the fight against climate change (Photo: Ed Yourdon / Flickr)
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
Sam Adams: Doing Good for the Environment and the Economy
Portland's pedestrian-friendly East Bank
In September, Sam Adams will travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Mayors´ Summit and the Cities & Transport International Congress. Adams will also participate in the session “Cities in the new climate economy,” where he will discuss the possibilities for ensuring ...
China’s Pedestrianization: Reviving a Tradition of Walking for Healthier Cities
China’s Pedestrianization: Reviving a Tradition of Walking for Healthier Cities
Pedestrian-oriented streets not only are safer, improve air quality, and encourage physical activity, but also facilitate commercial and social activity. Although China has rapidly urbanized in the past few decades, many cities across the country are still not easily walkable. According ...
From Ideas to Implementation: Creating Sustainable Cities with Good Governance
How cities are governed has a significant impact on whether low-income communities, like Rio de Janeiro's favelas, genuinely benefit from infrastructure projects. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.
How do we make cities work for people? As a WRI Helms Fellow on Urban Governance and Sustainable Cities, Maria Antonia Tigre was tasked with answering this question. Through From ideas to implementation: creating sustainable cities with good governance here ...
Friday Fun: How 2 Street Festivals Are Giving Back to the Local Community
The Ganesh Chaturthi street festival in Mumbai is significant for the local community both economically and culturally. Photo by ninadism/flickr.
After last week’s Fourth of July celebrations here in Washington DC, summer has truly arrived. Throughout the season, the capital of the US features a spectacular lineup of street festivals in its public squares. From the Fourth of July celebrations ...
How Istanbul Improved Air Quality by Putting Pedestrians First
After years of intense traffic congestion, Istanbul began pedestrianizing its Historic Peninsula in 2005, prioritizing walkability and improving local air quality. (Photo by Mesut Tufan)
Motorized vehicle emissions are a primary cause of air pollution and yield some of the most adverse impacts on public health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), exposure to heavy traffic—even living near a major road—harms health and increases ...
Friday Fun: City Planning in the Virtual World of Gaming
Players have the choice to create a green, healthy city, or ruthlessly industrialize. (Photo: Beyond Sims / Flickr)
The real world is looking a lot more digital. With increasingly advanced software and the rise of the “sand box” gaming genre (video games that enable players to freely design their environments) has come a flurry of city building simulators.  ...
How Transport Reform is Helping Brazilian Cities Fight Climate Change
Climate change is the greatest challenge of our era; however, we have a great ally: cities. (Photo: Mariana Gil / WRI Brazil | EMBARQ Brazil)
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
How Policy Integration Can Enable Sustainable Urban Energy
By aligning local and national policies and coordinating between sectors, Lille, France was able reduce transport emissions and save money. Photo by mi chiel/Flickr.
While cities need to address energy and climate challenges, national governments can play a critical role in enabling local action. As ministers from 23 countries highlighted at the Clean Energy Ministerial in Merida, Mexico last May, national governments can provide ...
The Challenges of Bringing TOD to Brazilian Cities
Transit-oriented development (TOD) faces two major challenges in Brazil: finance and governance. Photo by City Clock Magazine/Flickr.
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...