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Live from the Mayors’ Summit: Why We Need Bold Leadership for Sustainable and Equitable Cities
The Mayors' Summit kicked off today in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, allowing city leaders from across the globe to share their ideas on to create sustainable cities. (Photo: Mariana Gil/ EMBARQ Brasil)
“Something is happening in cities. Every day, 1.4 million people are added to the global urban population.” With these words, Andrew Steer, President and CEO of World Resources Institute (WRI), kicked off the Mayors’ Summit today in Rio de Janeiro, ...
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From Ideas to Implementation: 3 Ideas for Creating More Accountable City Governments
As cities rapidly expand and urbanize, they need accountable governance to ensure that growth is both sustainable and responsibly developed. (Photo: Antonio Thomás Koenigkam Oliveira / Flickr)
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 ...
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One Person’s Trash is Another Person’s Source of Income
As landfills reach capacity in developing cities, organizations and governments are innovating new and sustainable methods of managing their waste. (Photo: Mr Thinktank / Flickr)
With massive population growth in store for cities across the Global South, the fact that many cities struggle to provide effective waste collection to serve the current population levels is worrying. Poor waste collection practices — such as the indiscriminate ...
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To Achieve its New Climate Goals, China Must Look to its Buildings
To Achieve its New Climate Goals, China Must Look to its Buildings
China made international news earlier this summer when it announced a new pledge to peak its emissions by 2030, in addition to other climate commitments. The country laid out 15 specific actions as part of its “intended nationally determined contribution” ...
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Friday Fun: Three Cities Innovate Solutions for Tackling Water Scarcity
As cities face increasing populations and long periods of drought, urban areas are being forced to innovate new ways to produce clean water. (Photo: David Berkowitz / Flickr. Slightly modified from original)
Today marks the end of World Water Week in Stockholm, where experts from across the globe convene to discuss the world’s water issues. To further explore water stress across the globe, take a look at the interactive maps and resources of Aqueduct, a ...
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Andrew Steer Answers 4 Key Questions on the Brazil Mayors’ Summit
To discuss sustainable urban mobility in cities, WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities is hosting the Mayors' Summit in Rio de Janeiro today. CEO of WRI Andrew Steer gives his thoughts on the Summit. (Photo: Mariana Gil/ EMBARQ Brasil)
Andrew Steer, WRI’s President and CEO, is in Brazil for the Mayor’s Summit and Congress this week. Here he answers four questions about the event and his expectations for it. 1.  More than half of world’s population now lives in ...
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Friday Fun: Three Cities Broadcasting Free Wi-Fi and Why This Is a Good Thing
The internet has rapidly changed the ways that people connect with others, work, and live. Cities, like Taipei, Hong Kong, and Sao Paulo, are catering to this widespread demand for internet by broadcastig free Wi-Fi. (Photo: Antonio Tajuelo / Flickr)
From the way we learn and work, to the way we stay in contact with friends and loved ones, the internet has come to occupy a critical part of people’s lives across the world. And especially among younger generations, the ...
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From Amsterdam to Beijing: The Global Evolution of Bike Share
Despite being nearly 50 years old, bike share is only recently seeing widespread international growth. However, with better data and improved models, bike share's future looks extremely bright. (Photo: LesHaines / 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 ...
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BRT Hits 400 Corridors and Systems Worldwide
Bus rapid transit recently hit a landmark in its recent exponential growth, highlighting its success as a new mode of transport. (Photo: Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil)
Last week, bus rapid transit (BRT) reached a global milestone, as the number of mapped BRT corridors and systems in’s database broke 400. As an online resource, BRTData compiles and tracks the development and progress of BRT projects globally. ...
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Accelerating Building Efficiency Improvements in Latin America
To decrease energy consumption, cities in Latin America--such as Mexico City--are launching new initiatives to boost the energy efficiency of their buildings. (Photo: Joseph Wingenfeld / Flickr)
Energy efficiency improvements in the building sector can yield significant financial and environmental benefits including reduced energy costs, decreased greenhouse gas emissions, improved occupant health and increased local employment.  However, long standing market and policy barriers stand in the way ...