It’s Time for Low-Carbon Mobility (#COP21)
As cities grow and the demand for urban transport increases, cities must invest in low-carbon transport to decrease emissions and combat congestion. Photo by Benoit Colin/WRI
TheCityFix is covering cities at COP21. Urban areas account for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions but are also tremendous agents of innovation to address climate change. Read our full coverage of the Paris Climate Conference as it relates to cities, buildings, and mobility. As people ...
COP21: An Opportunity to Put Cities Squarely on the Climate Agenda
Cities, like Sao Paulo, are seizing the initiative to become increasingly sustainable and livable. Photo by Mariana Gil/WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities
TheCityFix is covering cities at COP21. Urban areas account for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions but are also tremendous agents of innovation to address climate change. Read our full coverage of the Paris Climate Conference as it relates to ...
Friday Fun: What China’s Clustered Neighborhoods Teach Us About Urban Density and Walkability
Many Chinese cities feature dense and walkable communities that can serve as models for other cities to learn from. Photo by Iain MacLean/Flickr
As cities around the globe buckle under intense car congestion, some have begun encouraging residents to walk and bike instead of relying on personal vehicles. Walkable urban places (WalkUPs) provide residents with a variety of dining choices, commute options and ...
“Threading the Needle” of Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice for Cities
Sustainable urban development must be accompanied with a focus on social justice to protect the welfare of cities' most vulnerable citizens. Photo by Sthitaprajna Jena/Flickr
This blog is part of our World Resources Report (WRR) series. The WRR looks at cities as drivers of economic and social opportunity, and simultaneously as areas with concentrations of poverty, environmental degradation, and inequality. Responding to these opportunities and ...
How Grassroots Organizing Is Building a Bike Culture in Almaty
Almaty recently held its first open streets festival, allowing cyclists, dancers and athletes to take to the streets free of cars. (Photo: UNDP-GEF CAST)
In Central Asia, cities have traditionally had parks and tree-lined streets to provide shade and attract pedestrians. Recently, however, pedestrian space has been sacrificed for more roads to accommodate the increase in private vehicles. Further, with cities prioritizing cars more ...
Building Efficiency Finally Gets its Day in the Sun at COP21
Buildings Day and Energy Day at COP21 demonstrate just how critical building efficiency is to combating climate change. Photo by Mariana Gil/WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities
TheCityFix is covering cities at COP21. Urban areas account for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions but are also tremendous agents of innovation to address climate change. Read our full coverage of the Paris Climate Conference as it relates to cities, buildings, and mobility. Energy use ...
Finding Creative Ways to Finance Transit-Oriented Development in Brazilian Cities
Finding Creative Ways to Finance Transit-Oriented Development in Brazilian Cities
The Seminar on Latin American Experiences of Financing TOD (September 28) brought together experts in Sao Paulo to discuss ways to implement TOD projects in Brazil’s cities. This blog draws on their analysis to explore TOD in Brazil and ways ...
Buildings and National Climate Commitments: What You Need to Know Before the Global Climate Change Conference (COP21)
In the lead up the COP21, some countries, such as Jordan, are including building efficiency upgrades in their plans to decrease emissions. Photo by Justin A. Wilcox/Flickr
TheCityFix is covering cities at COP21. Urban areas account for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions but are also tremendous agents of innovation to address climate change. Read our full coverage of the Paris Climate Conference as it relates to cities, buildings, and mobility. In anticipation ...
Why Design and Mobility Are Key for Creating Safer Cities for All
Cities should be designed with the safety of children and pedestrians in mind instead of private vehicles. Photo by Leonardo Veras/Flickr
On November 18 - 19, 2015 Brazil will host the UN’s 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety in Brasilia, convening national governments, cities, and civil society organizations. The conference is a unique moment to bring impetus to the Decade ...
Setting the Goal Posts for Energy Use: How Energy Efficiency Targets Trigger Action
Cities, such as Dubai, have improved energy efficiency by setting both public and private sector goals. (Photo: lam_chihang/Flickr)
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score — Bill Copeland. Goals help provide our everyday lives with structure, and operate similarly at the institutional ...