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Sustainability in Westeros: King’s Landing’s Quest to Become a Green City
Dubrovnik, Croatia, where HBO’s Game of Thrones films scenes of King’s Landing. Photo by Víctor González/Flickr.
This post includes spoilers from season 4 of Game of Thrones. KING’S LANDING, West. – King Tommen of House Baratheon has signed a decree that will work to make King’s Landing the most sustainable city in the Seven Kingdoms. The ...
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The Women Who Are Changing Mexico’s Cities
A woman bikes in Mexico City. Photo by Alejandro Luna/Flickr.
In Mexico, the issue of gender often goes unrecognized. A popular blog documents the all-too-common “all male panels” or public events where all the speakers or participants are men, or where women only occupy placeholder positions, like hostesses. Even in ...
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Friday Fun: How Innovators Are Using Mobile Apps for Informal Bike Share and Repair
In addition to extensive bike infrastructure, Copenhagen is a hotbed for innovative mobile apps connecting cyclists. Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina/Flickr.
Cities can do a lot to promote cycling, but the private sector and civil society can play a significant role in helping build a safe and convenient cycling culture. For example, innovative startups in Singapore and Copenhagen are developing mobile ...
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Creating a Common Narrative for Financing a Sustainable Urban Future
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
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 ...
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On International Day of Forests, a Look at How Trees Help Make Cities Healthier
The cherry blossoms blooming in Washington, DC. The city urban tree canopy is about 35 percent. Photo by Karen Blaha/Flickr.
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 ...
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Unlock Bangalore: Making the Right Decisions for Sustainable Growth
To ensure a high quality of life for Bangalore's residents, the city will need to address traffic congestion, urban expansion and energy efficiency. Photo by bionicgrrrl/Flickr.
Bangalore is India’s third most populous city and is among the top 100 cities that contribute to the global economy. 75 percent of Bengaluru’s income is from the service sector, with over ₹ 500 billion (approximately US $7.6 billion) from ...
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What Has EMBARQ Co-Founder Lee Schipper to Do With a Book About Inspiring Successful Workshops?
EMBARQ Co-Founder Lee Schipper. Photo by EMBARQ.
Although Lee Schipper is not with us any more, for me his spirit is still there. Many years ago, I met him at a meeting of the International Energy Agency in Paris and was fascinated by his inspiring talk. As ...
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Three Paths, Three Continents: How Shenzhen, Buenos Aires and Kiev Are Lowering Energy Consumption in Their Buildings
By prioritizing energy efficiency in its own public buildings, the city of Buenos Aires is setting an example for building performance across Argentina. Photo by David Berkowitz/Flickr.
Shenzhen, Buenos Aires and Kiev’s experiences pursuing energy efficiency demonstrate that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to achieving better buildings. Each found a unique path to improve energy efficiency for a more sustainable and prosperous city. Shenzhen Goes Above and ...
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World Water Day: How “Sludge” Can Power China’s Cities While Cutting Emissions
Sustainable sources of energy, like sludge-to-power, can help reduce air pollution in Beijing, China. Photo by Peter Dowley/Flickr.
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 ...
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Friday Fun: Crowdsourcing Apps Help Planners “Tame” Chaotic Bus Systems
A bus in La Paz's informal sector. Photo by Jumaï Hadrien/Flickr.
Cities across the world are harnessing the power of technology to connect directly with citizens about pressing issues, from infrastructure planning to questions about how to spend their budgets. Now, transportation planners are getting in on the game in order ...