Biophilic cities lead the way to urban sustainability

The biophilic cities network is part of the global movement towards green cities. By innovative, multi-sensory driven design and green architecture, these cities are forging a symbiotic relationship with nature. “We need density but we also need connections to nature,” said University of Virginia professor Timothy Beatley during an event at the University of the …

The Pact of Amsterdam: a new role for cities in EU policy making

The Pact of Amsterdam is to play a central role in the new EU Urban Agenda by increasing the policy focus on European cities. Cities would play a larger role in European Union policy making under a newly adopted framework dubbed the “Pact of Amsterdam.” According to the EUROCITIES network of municipal leaders, the accord …

Urbanization and homelessness

As the pace of urbanization increases, efforts to address one of the most visible problems of inclusion – homelessness – are comparatively inadequate. The world is urbanizing at an alarming rate, and with alarming results. Urban landscapes are now the most visible sign of gross inequality, modern glass and steel skyscrapers sitting next to makeshift …

Can Chinese megacities lead in urban conservation?

China’s unparalleled speed of urbanization comes at a steep environmental cost. Efforts to mitigate the fallout are resulting in leaps for the urban conservation movement. The scale and speed at which China is urbanizing is impressive. Over the past three decades, China has experienced unprecedented economic and social transformation. Millions have been lifted out of …

Whole Foods to install 200 rooftop solar systems

Whole Foods rounds its green image by committing to solar system energy. The grocery chain Whole Foods plans to install as many as 100 rooftop solar systems, mainly through the power provider NRG Energy, on nearly a quarter of its stores and distribution centers, the companies announced on March 8th. SolarCity will also provide systems …

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Sustainable global cities of the future: Warsaw

Warsaw’s mayor shares a few thoughts and lessons about the challenges faced by sustainable cities, the role of European funds and strategic development. In a think piece for Huffington Post, Warsaw’s mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz shares a few thoughts about sustainable development and climate action. In the past few years, Warsaw’s infrastructure and eco-friendly transportation stock …

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Santiago to introduce (mostly) solar and wind powered subway

Santiago’s subway system takes the leap towards green energy. Boasting 5 lines and over 100 stations, the subway system in Santiago, Chile is one of the largest in Latin America. Soon, it will have another claim to fame as it moves forward into the green energy future. Starting from late 2017, 60% of Metro de …

Smart buildings, today and tomorrow

LEED certificates prove that smart buildings can and must be both environmentally friendly and economical. Smart, in the context of buildings, means using energy and resources efficiently and integrating automation technology to maximize user comfort and building functionality. Essentially, smart buildings are made to provide enjoyable, green and high-tech environments that enable users to live …

Ford’s Mobility Revolution

Ford is set to lead the mobility revolution by redesigning its own business model to focus on delivering autonomous vehicles and high-tech customer service. At the 2016 Mobile World Congress, Ford announced its business plan to expand the automotive company to become an auto and mobility company. The steady expansion of cities also brings a …

The 4 commandments of cities

Eduardo Paes is the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, a sprawling, complicated, beautiful city of 6.5 million people. He shares four big ideas about leading Rio – and all cities – into the future, including bold (and achievable) infrastructure upgrades and how to make a city “smarter.”  A city of has to be environmentally friendly. …