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After the U.S. Election, Cities Look for Ways to be Great on their Own
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What comes next for U.S. cities, now that the 2016 Presidential Election has come to a close? As polls closed on Tuesday, this question quickly came to the forefront for urban planners and city-dwellers, alike. In recent history, cities have been ...
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Improving Building Efficiency: A Tale of 4 Cities
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One-third of the world’s energy-related emissions come from buildings. So perhaps it’s no surprise that more than 80 national climate plans submitted ahead of COP21 in Paris included commitments to improve building efficiency. A year later, the discussion continues with Human Settlements Day today at COP22 in ...
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Three Ways to Tackle the Knowledge Gap in Building Energy Code Enforcement
Three Ways to Tackle the Knowledge Gap in Building Energy Code Enforcement
Cities and countries around the world are adopting building energy codes as tools to reduce energy consumption. Mexico City recently joined this wave, when, in June, the city updated its building regulations to include energy efficiency for the first time. ...
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Habitat III: Milestone for the World’s Cities or Business as Usual?
Habitat III: Milestone for the World’s Cities or Business as Usual?
Two weeks ago, 30,000 people gathered in Quito, Ecuador, for Habitat III, the once-every-20-years UN conference on housing and sustainable urban development. At the conference, 167 country representatives adopted a non-binding but influential vision for cities of the future known as the ...
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Friday Fun: How Art and Culture Contribute to Your Unique Metro Experience
Friday Fun: How Art and Culture Contribute to Your Unique Metro Experience
Have you ever been intrigued by the artistic design of a metro station? Have you stopped to watch a street dancer perform on a metro platform? A metro station can be more than a place where you impatiently wait for ...
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Friday Fun: Beyond the Map—Google Explores Rio’s Slums
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What do you think of when you hear the word “slum”? For many, the word brings to mind poverty, violence and squalor; slums, or informal settlements, are overwhelmingly associated with the negative. This is particularly true in Rio de Janeiro, ...
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Culture or Conditions? A Look at Sexual Assault on Public Transport
Culture or Conditions? A Look at Sexual Assault on Public Transport
Bogotá, Colombia was recently named the least safe transit system for women, largely due to an epidemic of sexual assault (defined here as any type of unwanted sexual touching). According to a survey, conducted in Colombia and Bolivia as part ...
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Development Finance Institutions Have a Role to Play in Creating Sustainable Cities
Development Finance Institutions Have a Role to Play in Creating Sustainable Cities
By 2050, nearly 70 percent of the world’s population will reside in cities, increasing the size of the world’s urban population by more than two-thirds. Cities will need to focus on building the right things to ensure this growth happens sustainably—so how ...
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A New Agenda for Road Safety in Urban Areas
A New Agenda for Road Safety in Urban Areas
Habitat III in Quito was the largest UN meeting to date, with more than 36,000 people from 167 countries, thousands of organizations and institutions, hundreds of meetings and side events and the adoption of the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Habitat ...
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Calling Young Innovators: Apply for the 2017 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Leon "Lee" J. Schipper. Photo by EMBARQ.
Looking for an opportunity to catalyze sustainable, people-centered urban mobility? The Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship wants to help you transform ideas into reality. The Schipper family and EMBARQ, the sustainable urban mobility initiative of World Resources Institute’s WRI Ross Center ...