Using Cycling as an Indicator for Urban Quality of Life
Using Cycling as an Indicator for Urban Quality of Life
Metropolitan areas around the world struggle with the same problem: More people means more traffic. If the majority of residents and workers use private vehicles, this leads to more congestion and emissions, more road crashes, lower air quality and therefore ...
5 Takeaways for Decarbonizing Buildings from COP26
5 Takeaways for Decarbonizing Buildings from COP26
For the building and construction sector, COP26 in Glasgow marked a crucial moment to bring consensus around systemic change in the industry. It was the first time in COP history that the Built Environment had a dedicated day, alongside Cities ...
The Top Urban Stories From a Year of Pandemic
The Top Urban Stories From a Year of Pandemic
As 2021 closes, most cities around the world continue to grapple with the uncertainty of a pandemic now in its second year. Amid dips and rises in cases, the emergence of new variants, and the ongoing challenge of vaccinating the ...
5 Ways China’s Cities Can Drive Equitable and Sustainable Urbanization
5 Ways China’s Cities Can Drive Equitable and Sustainable Urbanization
China is experiencing the largest city-ward movement of people in human history. 700 million people have moved to the nation’s cities since the beginning of economic reforms in 1978. In that same time, the urbanization rate rose from less than a fifth to close ...
Invest in Walking and Cycling For Sustainable, Safe Cities. Here’s How.
Invest in Walking and Cycling For Sustainable, Safe Cities. Here’s How.
Traditional, car-centric transport planning has not only increased greenhouse gas emissions, but has also detrimentally impacted air quality, road injuries and fatalities, and traffic congestion. As the world faces the climate crisis and continues to face a growing global road ...
To Combat Climate Change, Electrification Needs Compact Cities for Full Impact
To Combat Climate Change, Electrification Needs Compact Cities for Full Impact
This year, reports have indicated that to keep temperatures from rising more than 1.5°C, there must be a major drop in greenhouse gas emissions. The transportation sector is the fastest growing contributor of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and must be drastically transformed ...
5 Priorities for Cities After COP26
5 Priorities for Cities After COP26
Without getting cities right, we cannot solve the climate crisis. Contributing to 75% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, it is impossible to overstate their central role. Cities’ choices influence and can drive change in every system that needs to be decarbonized ...
How Utility Poles and Streetlights Can Improve Equitable Access to EV Charging in US Cities
How Utility Poles and Streetlights Can Improve Equitable Access to EV Charging in US Cities
In August 2021, the Biden Administration and American automakers set a goal for electric vehicles (EVs) to make up 50% of new vehicle sales by 2030. In support of this goal, the recently enacted federal Infrastructure Investment Act allocates $7.5 ...
COP26: Key Outcomes From the UN Climate Talks in Glasgow
COP26: Key Outcomes From the UN Climate Talks in Glasgow
The long-awaited COP26 climate summit in Glasgow has come to a close, making important progress in a number of areas — but not enough. The world still remains off track to beat back the climate crisis.   Recognizing the urgency ...
US Infrastructure Bill Makes Headway on Climate, But More is Needed
US Infrastructure Bill Makes Headway on Climate, But More is Needed
Unprecedented extreme weather events have taken a heavy toll on people and communities across the United States, with loss of life and impacts on livelihoods that cannot be quantified. These events have also cost U.S. taxpayers $99 billion in damages last year ...