How Can Africa Deliver on Its Ambitious Vision for Habitat III?
The Habitat III Africa Regional Meeting took place February 24-26, 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria. Africa's population is projected to double from 1 billion in 2010 to 2 billion in 2040. Photo by pjotter05/Flickr.
From February 24 – 26, 2016 African ministers and stakeholder representatives from numerous civil society organizations gathered in Abuja, Nigeria to discuss African priorities for Habitat III, the U. N.’s 20-year urbanization conference that takes place in October. At the end ...
In China and Beyond, Action Plans Provide a Path for Improving Building Efficiency
The city of Shenzhen in China has developed an action plan as part of it's 5 Year Plan to strategically improve efficiency in buildings. Photo by Byoung Wook/Flickr.
On February 23 the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched the Energy Efficiency in Buildings laboratory (EEB Lab) in Shanghai. In a city where 18.4 percent of emissions come from buildings, the EEB Lab is engaging local stakeholders ...
New Data Shows São Paulo’s Carfree Movement Reduces Air and Noise Pollution
On Sundays, São Paulo's Paulista Avenue closes down so that people can bike, walk and play sports. New data shows that the initiative has reduced air and noise pollution. Photo by Fernanda Latorre/Flickr.
Major changes in thinking never happen easily. Projects that change established structures and routines typically encounter significant resistance along the way. Changing entrenched thinking, therefore, often requires finding ways to demonstrate the positive impacts of change. Paulista Aberta is one ...
4 Keys to Unlock Innovative Urban Services for All
To compete in the urban century ahead, cities like Istanbul, Turkey will need to innovate how they deliver and finance sustainable services for all. Photo by Benoit Colin/Flickr.
With rising air pollution to costly traffic congestion and increasingly burdened public finances, cities need to transition onto a sustainable path towards healthy, productive and equitable urban communities. To thrive in the coming urban century, cities will need to innovate ...
Rod King: Lower Speeds Change How We Use Our Streets—for the Better
A 20mph (30kmh) speed limit is the safest standard for pedestrians and cyclists. Photo by Tom Page/Flickr.
More than 15 million people in the UK live in areas that have already adopted or are currently adopting speed limits. This data comes from the 20′s Plenty for Us, an organization in the UK dedicated to lowering speed limits ...
Friday Fun: New Bike Infrastructure Projects from Hong Kong, Germany and Kuala Lumpur
Germany's new bike highway. Photo by Julian Schüngel/Flickr.
The benefits of cycling—both for cities and people—are well known. For individuals, cycling can be an efficient, safe and cheap form of mobility as well as a good source of physical activity, helping to reduce obesity and other health risks. ...
New Research Shows How BRT Ridership Is Making Bogota a Healthier City
The TransMilenio bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Bogotá, Colombia (pictured above) is one of the leading examples of sustainable transport worldwide. New research shows that ridership is associated with greater levels of physical activity, making the city a healthier place. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil.
Physical inactivity is one of the ten leading risk factors for death worldwide. Approximately 5.3 million people die prematurely every year due to cardiovascular diseases, breast and colon cancer and diabetes and other illnesses associated with sedentary lifestyles. According to The ...
Targeting Customers’ Needs to Improve Building Efficiency in Milwaukee
The city of Milwaukee in the United States is improving energy efficiency in buildings by focusing policies and programs on individual sectors to meet their unique needs. Photo by Anne Helmond/Flickr.
For some building owners, renovations—including retrofitting heating, cooling, and lighting systems—can be a way to attract tenants. For homeowners, improving insulation can make for more comfortable as well as energy efficient homes. For industry, more efficient equipment means expanding production ...
Lima’s Villa El Salvador: A Story of Structured Informal Development
The story Lima’s Villa El Salvador shows how communities and local governments can work together to make sure that informal development occurs in a structured and ordered way. Photo by Alex Proimos/Flickr.
Although Lima’s Villa El Salvador neighborhood was just a dusty plain called the Tablada de Lurín in 1971, it would soon become home to some of the city’s poorest residents. At the time, there were no electricity lines, no wells, ...
Friday Fun: Two Innovators Helping to Improve Recycling in China
As China has developed and urbanized, waste management has become a critical issue for the country. Photo by Nelson Wu/Flickr.
From air pollution to intense traffic congestion, China faces an array of environmental and resource challenges, many of which are a result of its urbanization and development over the past few decades. In Beijing—as across most of the country—concerns over ...