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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 ...
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Private Investment for Public Transport: Sao Paulo’s Linha 4 Leads the Way
Sao Paulo's Linha 4 demonstrates how cities can successfully finance transport projects through  public-private partnerships, and serves as a model for other areas in Brazil to follow. (Photo: Mariana Gil/ WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities)
Brazil has what may seem like a fortunate problem: public finance is too readily available for transport projects. The government financed most of the improved transport for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics, while the three big public ...
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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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From BIDs to Bikes: 4 Takeaways from the TOD and Urban Real Estate Conference
From October 20 - 22, the TOD Institute held its first National TOD Conference in Washington, DC, where real estate experts and local leaders gathered to discuss transit-oriented development. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/ Flickr)
City design is at the root of many of our global problems. With traffic crashes the leading cause of death among young people and congestion burdening the economies of countless cities worldwide, it’s imperative that we develop our streets, neighborhoods, ...
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Cities Can Save Money by Investing in Natural Infrastructure for Water
By investing in natural infrastructure for water, cities have successfully saved money and improved their resilience to climate change. (Photo: Mariana Gil/ WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities)
By 2030, the world is projected to spend an estimated $10 trillion on repairing and expanding water infrastructure. Dams and treatment plants are aging, water demand is surging, and more frequent extreme weather events threaten our water security—each driving up water management ...