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6 Features That Make Brazil’s Affordable Housing Program Good for People and the Environment
Minha Casa, Minha Vida not only provides affordable housing for Brazil's low-income families, but integrates sustainability in its design. (Photo: GOVBA/Flickr)
Brazil’s Minha Casa, Minha Vida (MCMV – “My House, My Life” in English) program was created to provide housing and improve quality of life for low-income families across the country. Currently, more than 9.6 million low- and low-middle income families reside in ...
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Turkey’s Population and Energy Demand Are Booming. What This Means for Sustainable Cities
To create more livable cities, Turkey must work to address its burgeoning urban populations and energy demand. (Photo: Benoit Colin/ WRI Sustainable Cities)
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities in Turkey will host the 3rd Livable Cities Symposium on November 19-20,  2015 in Istanbul. The Symposium will gather national and international experts, practitioners and researchers to discuss energy and transportation policies, community engagement, and ...
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Friday Fun: Designing Intersections for Cyclists
To improve road safety for cyclists, urban designers are redesigning intersections. (Photo: Benoit Colin/EMBARQ)
Biking alongside traffic can be a stressful experience in many cities. Dedicated bike lanes are the best solution for protecting cyclists—however, many cities struggle to even put in painted lanes—a simple and cost-effective solution. At worst, cyclists have no designated ...
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Why the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Need Cities to Succeed
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the United Nations at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York. (Photo: United Nations Photo/ Flickr)
Last September, New York was filled with optimism as heads of state and government officials adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit (25-27 September, 2015). Members of the urban development community also met in ...
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Friday Fun: Three Neighborhoods Revitalize Their Fresh Food Markets
Three communities across the globe revitalized their fresh food markets to improve local access to affordable, healthy food and keep residents employed. (Photo: Harvey Barrison/ Flickr)
“If you want to seed a place with activity, put out food.” – William H. Whyte. Packed with food, music and flowers, some fresh food markets have become popular tourist destinations in cities worldwide. Travelers weary of big-box supermarkets and ...
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The UN’s New Urban Agenda Needs to Monitor and Review Cities’ Progress
To be successful, Habitat III needs a rigorous review and monitoring process to track progress and support developing cities. (Photo: John Solaro/Flickr)
In October of 2016, UN Member States will meet in Quito, Ecuador for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development (Habitat III). Taking place 20 years after its predecessor, Habitat III will set the New Urban Agenda, an agreement ...
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How Can Cities Avoid Carbon Lock-in?
To avoid carbon lock-in, cities should focus on mobility, energy efficiency measures and congestion. (Photo: js42/ Flickr)
Cities have proven themselves to be necessary in combating climate change; however, the current trajectory for urban growth is still an unsustainable path and carbon emissions are already expected to surpass thresholds considered acceptable. One of the largest problems is ...
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What’s Next for Google’s “Project Sunroof?” Reducing the Need for Power in the First Place
What’s Next for Google’s “Project Sunroof?” Reducing the Need for Power in the First Place
Google recently released Project Sunroof—an interactive online tool that allows building owners to estimate how much money they can save by installing solar panels on their roofs. In short, the tool is a valuable resource for anyone considering solar power ...
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A Sharing Economy for Governance: 3 Ingredients for Sustainable Cities
Cities and national governments should collaborate to create policies that best fulfill  urban needs. (Photo: Benoit Colin/ EMBARQ)
The future of global development will overwhelmingly play out on the city stage. Recognizing this, the global development agenda has begun to identify cities as engines for improving human well-being, addressing climate change, and transitioning to more sustainable growth. Indeed, ...
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Brazil is Ramping up Support of Electric Vehicles
To make electric vehicles a more viable option for drivers and encourage more research, Brazil is working to pass legislation to support electric vehicle production.(Photo: Bruno Takahashi Carvalhas de Oliveira/WikiMedia)
Anfavea, Brazil’s auto industry trade group, has predicted that personal car sales will increase 68 percent, from 3.4 million units in 2011 to 5.7 million by 2016. One of the barriers Brazil has faced when attempting to transition to cleaner ...