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 ...
How City Partnerships and a $1 Billion Global Cities Package Could Unlock $17 Trillion in Economic Growth
Investing in quality transport infrastructure--like bike lanes--can generate $17 trillion or more in savings for cities. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.
Climate-smart actions—such as investing in public transport and building efficiency—could generate $17 trillion dollars in net savings for cities by 2050 and cut annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than the annual emissions of Japan and Russia combined. Furthermore, with ...
Friday Fun: Cities Celebrating National Birthdays across the Globe
The White House in Washington, D.C. during 4th of July celebrations.  Photo credit: Matthew Straubmuller/Flickr.
Tomorrow is the 4th of July, and here in Washington DC we’re celebrating our national Independence Day with barbecues, parades, and fireworks. Each year, the federal holiday commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, marking the birth ...
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 ...
Be a Hummingbird: It’s Time for Concerted Local Action on Climate Change
French President Hollande, center and the Youth Roundtable on Day 1 of the World Summit for Cities & Territories, Lyon, July 1-2, 2015. Photo Credit: Frank Trabouillet / Région Rhone Alpes
The World Summit Climate & Territories (#WSCT) gathered 800 local decision makers in Lyon, France, July 1-2, 2015. In the lead up to COP21 (the 21st Conference of the Parties)—one of the most important climate meetings of the year—mayors and ...
The Next Gold Rush, Excess Capacity, and the Advent of a “Peers Inc” World
Excess capacity will be our society's next gold rush. Photo by Chiu Ho-yang/Flickr.
From the breakdown of conventional ways of creating and sharing wealth to rising temperatures and increasingly extreme weather events, linear models of development are no longer providing an answer to the pressing challenges that the world is facing. At least, ...
Why Africa Needs to Look to Its Cities to End Hunger
A street market in St. Lucia, South Africa. With the continent rapidly urbanizing, it's critical that city leaders address urban food loss and waste in order to ensure sustainable development and end food insecurity. Photo by Steve Slater/Flickr.
Last year, the African Union—an assembly of 54 African nations—formally committed to ending hunger in Africa by 2025. This is incredibly ambitious, considering one out of every four people in sub-Saharan Africa is undernourished. The majority of the 800 million ...