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What will make Arab Cities Sustainable?

January 25, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

Connect4Climate and Urban Specialists from the World Bank Group were invited to present during the EcoCity World Summit held in Abu Dhabi in October last year. The conference brought together hundreds of practitioners focused on eco city development and low carbon planning from a variety of backgrounds including researchers, private sector, development organizations and students. At the conference Salim Rouhana, Urban Specialist, World Bank Group, focused his presentation on the key drivers that should be considered in urban upgrading projects[read more]

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Greener Workplaces and How It’s Possible To Achieve Them

January 22, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Making your office more environmentally friendly or "green" is about more than simply being politically correct or keeping up with the latest worldwide trends; it's about contributing to the sustainability of your local community and environment, running a business that is more cost effective, and creating an increased sense of community in the working environment.[read more]

Nevada Stops Subsidizing Net Metering

January 18, 2016 by Chris Cheatham

In the final days of 2015, Nevada became the front line in the looming nationwide fight over energy policy when the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada altered rates for net metering impacting homeowners with rooftop photovoltaic panels.[read more]

Let's Not Kid Ourselves: Curbing Carbon and Stopping Smog Are Not the Same Thing

December 31, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

A hope has prevailed across most media commentators and environmental groups that curbs on carbon emissions will also fix the dirty air in these nations’ metropolises. But that’s naïve. It doesn’t take into account how the past of pollution control inside the United States and other long-industrialized nations has conditioned us to tackling one enormous environmental problem while ignoring the other.[read more]

Historic Climate Deal Reached in Paris

December 17, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

After two weeks of intense negotiations at a UN summit in Paris, leaders of 195 countries reached an historic agreement to limit the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing the atmosphere to warm[read more]

Empowering City Leaders: Pacing Local Climate Action after COP21

December 14, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

As Hidalgo makes clear, cities and mayors have become the primary agents of change in the climate debate, serving as engines to enable societies to adapt to the impacts of a 2-degree warmer world. During the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, co-hosted by Michael Bloomberg and the City of Paris, Bloomberg noted that, “Cities are getting the job done,” with actions taken at city level adding up to majorly shape global emissions. In recognition of this, the time has come to empower local leadership for global climate action.[read more]

Absentee Urban Planning: Story of an American Small Town

December 9, 2015 by Atlas Lens

Hermann is a small, charming town at the northern edge of the Ozark highlands, one and a half hours west of St. Louis in eastern Missouri. Well-known for its thriving vineyards and quaint German heritage, Hermann is a popular weekend destination for tourists around the Midwest. Built upon the banks of the Missouri River, the small town is also finds itself at an important crossroads of the statewide Katy Bicycle Trail and Amtrak railroad line.[read more]

Who Should Lead Bristol?

November 4, 2015 by Glenn Vowles

Different situations call for different leadership styles, consider: an emergency; a highly motivated and aligned team with a high and common level of expertise (the Mayor’s Cabinet?). Style adopted needs to be appropriate to the situation and to effectively achieve objectives and balance interests. Leaders that can adapt to suit different contexts have a distinct advantage in terms of achieving success.[read more]

Los Angeles County Approves ‘Tomato Tax Incentive’

October 26, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

If implemented, the policy has the potential to transform vacant and privately owned land in the county into urban farms, and help reduce blight and illegal dumping throughout Los Angeles city and county.[read more]

10 Lessons in More Engaging Citizen Engagement

October 26, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Public Participation

As more people choose to live in cities, local governments find themselves facing increasingly complex issues in city-making. Demands for affordable housing and public transit, or tensions around gentrification and density are just some of the more high-profile critical conversations our cities need.[read more]

From "Hopenhagen" 15 to Paris 21: Ensuring Success After 20 Consecutive Failures

October 19, 2015 by Wayne Gao

It was a huge frustration for enthusiastic participants to the UNFCCC COP 15th in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009. History could repeat itself (for 21 times!) unless real change being made!![read more]

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Wild Gift Climate Change Collective Fellowship: Using Wilderness as an Accelerator for Social Entrepreneurs

October 14, 2015 by Carrie Douglas

Are you 21-35? Do you have a WILD idea to change the world? Need some help translating your vision to reality? Wild Gift supports Better World Entrepreneurs through a 16-month Fellowship Program. Using wilderness immersion experiences as a springboard combined with mentoring, seed funding and a collaborative network of support, our unique Fellowship fosters grit, integrity and know-how critical to the long-term success of their groundbreaking ventures.[read more]