Friday Fun: Balancing Urbanization and Elephants in Southern Africa
As parts of southern Africa rapidly urbanize, groups are working to ensure that the area's large elephant population can continue to thrive. (Photo: Christiaan Triebert / Flickr)
When two elephants fight, grass gets trampled. No kidding. Though this widely-used African proverb alludes to the extensive damage caused when two great mammals clash, what it’s really communicating is that these great animals need space. However, this proverb is ...
How Two Brazilian Cities Upgraded Their Outdated Bus Fleets for Cleaner Air
As cities grow and the demand for urban transport increases, some Brazilian cities are revamping their old bus fleets to improve local air quality and decrease emissions.
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 ...
Mayor Mary Jane Ortega on Communicating and Educating in the Philippines
Mary Jane Ortega, the former mayor of San Fernando, speaks about her experience learning to communicate with citizens, empowering women, and fighting to keep her city sustainable. (Photo: barrera_marquez2003 / Flickr)
Mary Jane Ortega was formerly the mayor of San Fernando, a coastal city located about 270 km from Manila, in the Philippines.  During her mayorship, Ortega earned several awards for her achievements in city management and – despite leaving the ...
Turkey’s Congestion Problem: Why New Roads Aren’t the Answer
Istanbul's roads buckle under heavy traffic, making commute times into the city extremely high. It's time for Turkey to move away from cars and focus on sustainable mass transport. (Photo: Dan / Flickr)
The United States’ urban transport mantra of “wider and more roads” dates back to the 1900s and is slowly being phased out for more compact development. However, in Turkey, the sentiment remains alive and well. To demonstrate this, consider Turkey’s ...
Why Cities Should Invest in Beekeeping
Many cities, like Washington D.C., are picking up beekeeping to both combat declining bee populations and help boost local agriculture and business. (USDA Photo by Lance Cheung)
Cities looking for sustainable economic growth might consider investing in a seemingly unlikely source: urban beekeeping. Contrary to what one might expect, urban bees survive better, produce more honey, and are healthier than rural bees. Furthermore, urban bees have a ...
Better Building Benchmarking = More Energy Savings
Better Building Benchmarking = More Energy Savings
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released a real-time building monitoring and scoring platform called LEED Dynamic Plaque, enabling building managers to benchmark, monitor, and improve their building’s performance on an ongoing basis. The program has been recognized as ...
From Ideas to Implementation: How to Foster Effective Public Participation
Civil society groups in Rio de Janeiro are transforming public participation in the city, showing the effectiveness of civic engagement and offering a model for others to follow.
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: making sustainable cities through governance here on ...
Friday Fun: Adapting New York City for Rising Waters and “the Next Sandy”
As sea levels rise across the globe, coast lines are posing large threats for dense, coastal cities. For these cities, adaptation is the last line of defense for safeguarding citizens. (Photo: dia_n / Flickr)
If global temperatures rise by 2º Celsius, New York City (NYC) could lose up to 1.8 million of its residents. However, unlike other cities who are simply working to mitigate climate change, NYC is working to adapt its cityscape to ...
Reforming Transport in Cities: Cleaner Air, Fewer Emissions
Major cities, such as Moscow, Russia, are experiencing heavy air pollution and are looking to reduce their emissions.  Reforming transport not only helps reduce congestion, but also improves air quality. (Photo: Alexei Kuznetsov/ Flickr/ slightly modified from original)
3.7 million people. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this is the number of individuals who die each year due to air pollution. At this rate, simple math dictates that more than 120 million people will die because of outdoor ...
Designing Safer Cities in India: Reducing Speed and Protecting Pedestrians
In major cities, such as Bangalore, India, pedestrians and personal vehicles often share space, making design for road safety essential. (Photo: jchessma/ Flickr)
Over 140,000 people lost their lives on our roads last year, giving India the dubious distinction of having the highest number of road accident victims in the world. As our country continues to motorize exponentially, this problem will only grow—unless ...