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Smart Phones Are the Key to Sustainable Off-Grid Power

October 27, 2014 by Sophie Curtis

Smart Phones and Mobile Business

BuffaloGrid brings power as a service to off-grid populations and communities, which enables all those mobile phones which the UN identified as the biggest contributors to economic growth in these regions. Now power can be just a text message away.[read more]

Twelve Contemporary Art Projects Exploring Sustainable Development

August 28, 2014 by This Big City

Sustainable Development and Art

There’s some sustainable creativity afoot a few kilometres outside of Milan. Running for the third year, Ecoismi is an outdoor art project that looks at the topics of environmental protection and sustainable preservation. Ecoismi has brought together artists from across Europe.[read more]


NEW VIDEO: Urban Infrastructure Initiative for Linking Business with Cities

June 6, 2014 by Matthew Lynch

Cities and business can both become more sustainable together.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Urban Infrastructure Initiative is a unique global project that has demonstrated the value of early collaborative engagement between cities and business for sustainable development.[read more]


African Cities - the Fastest Growing In The World

May 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

It's big, Africa. Can it learn from our mistakes?

Africa is urbanizing fast and has as many cities with over 1 million as does Europe, but half of them live in slums. The African Development Bank's new report outlines the largest cities, the fastest-growing, the biggest challenges and, optimistically, the way out of poverty. But is it sustainable?[read more]


WEBCAST: An Interview With Pedro B. Ortiz

December 16, 2013 by David Thorpe

How will Istanbul and Los Angeles develop sustainably?

Might suburbia, urban freeways and six lane interchanges disappear in the future, in cities like Los Angeles? Pedro B Ortiz - World Bank consultant, ex-deputy mayor of Madrid, and board member of the International Urban Development Association - thinks so, and explains how.[read more]

Urban Farming Growing in Shanghai, China

February 28, 2013 by The Global Grid

After years of relentless growth, Shanghai, China is entering a new phase of environmentally sustainable development. Issues such as urban farming have become hot topics of discussion.[read more]

Sustainability and Affordable Housing: Maybe Occupy Is Onto Something

May 23, 2012 by Audrey Henderson

Whatever else its participants may or may not have accomplished, the Occupy movement has changed the national conversation from austerity cuts and deficits to acknowledging injustice and resolving financial and social inequality. So did Occupy have any actual effect in the housing arena?[read more]


ProMetro: How The Shanghai Manual Will Accelerate Megacity Sustainability

October 26, 2011 by Amelia Timbers

Welcome to ProMetro! ProMetro is Sustainable Cities' new podcast series where we interview members of our esteemed Advisory Board on current cities and urban issues-- SCC's version of 'Fireside Chats'.The first of these talks is with board member Warren Karlenzig, founder and president of CommonCurrent, a consulting firm that works...[read more]

Beyond Sprawl: Creating Self-Contained Neighborhoods

January 5, 2011 by Next American City

A rendering of Dockside, in British Columbia Credit: Busby, Perkins + WillLook at many large North American cities and you see a sea of suburban houses. Sprawl has become the norm. But it is costly, damages the environment and affects quality of life. A new generation of planners and architects is beginning to look at sustainable, human-...[read more]

London 2012 Olympics: Missing an Opportunity for Truly Sustainable Development

June 29, 2010 by This Big City

This is an abridged version of a post originally written for The Global Urbanist and published June 22nd. For a more in-depth analysis, read the full version here. Throughout London there is talk of ‘regeneration’ - a buzz-word spun by building firms and government organisations attempting to persuade local communities that their area...[read more]

Chief: Go Green

June 23, 2010 by Rich Maltzman

According to today’s Portsmouth Herald, in an article by Rich Beuchesne headlined “Chief: Go Green”, Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui, of the Surui tribe indigenous to the Amazon Rain Forest, is on a high tech quest to help stop climate change and global warming by protecting the rain forest.  “A green economy, we believe, can bring...[read more]

A Green Party Voice in Westminster

May 14, 2010 by Ceri Margerison

The Green Party recently won its first set in Westminster when Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP for the South East was elected with a majority of just over 1200 votes in the Brighton Pavilion constituency. Ms Lucas highlighted her party’s policy priorities in a recent press release, which included “responding to climate change with a...[read more]