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Banks Should Lend World’s Top 500 Cities At Least $1bn to Tackle Climate Change – NCE-2015 Report

July 7, 2015 by David Thorpe

All cities must become low carbon

Multilateral development banks, donors and others should lend the world's top 500 cities at least US$1 billion to help them implement low carbon urban development strategies by 2020, according to the New Climate Economy 2015 report, published today by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.[read more]

How Mobile-Access Networks Achieved a 10,000-fold Improvement in Energy Efficiency (Video)

June 30, 2015 by Rich Maltzman

A municipal mobile wireless node

GreenTouch is a non-profit consortium of telecom service providers and equipment vendors, developers, programmers working together on a focused goal to reduce the energy consumption of ‘the network’. It has just announced it has beaten its goal of 1000x energy use reduction by a factor of ten. Here's how.[read more]

Four Months to Dream Up a Smart City Plan for Mumbai

From slumdogs to smart canines?

How can Mumbai become a Smart City that the nation is proud of? The recently published Draft Development Plan (DP) for Mumbai was so poorly received by various stakeholders that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis scrapped it and it has to be reworked in just four months.[read more]

Expo Milano 2015 : How to Feed Our Planet of 7 Billion People

June 23, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Michelle Obama + Agnese Renzi at Expo Milano 2015

Expo Milano 2015 is the Universal Exhibition running until October 31, making Milan a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries are showing the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet and its equilibrium.[read more]

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Using GIS Analysis To Achieve Zero Traffic Casualties

June 18, 2015 by Julio Carrillo

Vision Zero in Austin, Texas

In the city of Austin, Texas, USA, there have been 699 traffic fatalities since 2004, so its Comprehensive Planning unit is embarking on a Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, and using a GIS analysis of traffic incidents to tackle this aim. Here's a glimpse of how it works.[read more]

After 350 Years of Innovation Saint-Gobain Looks to Building a Sustainable Future

The company’s new HQ in Philadelphia

It is extremely rare for an organization of any type or size to mark 350 years in existence, never mind 350 years of continued success and innovation. On June 3, I spent the day with representatives of sustainable building materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain, a USGBC Platinum-level member, in celebration of their 350th anniversary.[read more]

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Rise of the Commonauts: A New Social Tool Tackling City-Dwellers' Taboo on Talking to Strangers

June 15, 2015 by Thomas Groetschnig

Wear a sticker and make a friend

COMMONAUTS is an urban intervention initiative and a social tool, designed to encourage face to face conversations between strangers in public spaces and other social environments of common interest such as open air festivals, cafés, plazas, bars, art exhibitions or popup markets.[read more]

Google Creates Company to Improve Cities

Sidewalk Labs will solve urban challenges

Google has created Sidewalk Labs to solve urban challenges with technology by developing products, platforms and partnerships to accelerate progress in the areas of mobility, efficient transport, cost of living, use of natural resources and government efficiency.[read more]

World Wildlife Fund HQ's Green Roof Is Washington's 3rd Largest

Sedums galore!

WWF's U.S. HQ's green roof was built to conserve resources, limit waste & pollution, and protect the environment. It has 11 types sedum plants, a solar water heating system and is the 3rd largest green roof in Washington DC.[read more]

How To Use Geothermal Heat Pumps To Save Running Costs in LEED v.4

June 10, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Coils for a ground source heat pump

Understanding how LEED credits apply to the geothermal industry, how to pursue points using geothermal technologies, and how the changes in v.4 fit into the geothermal heat pump energy sector value chain can unlock business value for manufacturers, design firms and service providers.[read more]

Are Driverless Cars a Solution for Road Safety?

Driverless cars could help in Singapore

Since driverless cars can theoretically “see” the entire picture of their surroundings, the idea is that they can drive more efficiently and safely. Driverless cars don’t drive drunk or and don’t experience fatigue—two common causes of traffic collisions. Some advocates claim they could reduce congestion, lower emissions, and make traveling more comfortable.[read more]

35-Story Carbon Neutral Timber Skyscraper Proposed for Paris

June 9, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

A proposed 35 story carbon neutral wood skyscraper

Vancouver architect Michael Green has proposed a 35 story carbon neutral wood skyscraper for the Reinvent Paris competition, a bold effort by local authorities to inspire innovations in urban design and sustainability that will revitalize Parisian architecture.[read more]