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A Memorial to a Sad Future

September 23, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Climate Chronograph / Erik Jensen and Rebecca SunterThe winner of the Memorials for the Future competition, which was sponsored by the National Park Service, Van Alen Institute, and others, offers a depressing vision: a monument to our collective failure to stave off climate change. Climate Chronograph by Erik Jensen, Assoc. ASLA, and...[read more]

How Big Business Can Fix a Problem of its Own Making

September 22, 2016 by Yaniv Vardi
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Our environment today exists under immense strain. It’s no secret that humanity’s current rates of consumption are unsustainable—especially in the developed world. The problem is a mix of over-demand, incredible waste, lack of regulatory oversight and poor material management. Broadly speaking, those factors share one common denominator...[read more]

What Obama, the Real Estate Sector, and 130 Investors Have in Common

September 8, 2016 by GBIG Insight
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Legally-binding emissions reduction commitments from the world’s two largest economies – together representing 38% of global emissions – will have major implications for public policy to reduce carbon emissions from energy generation, automobiles, manufacturing and the real estate sector.[read more]

The Importance of Commissioning and How It Helps

August 2, 2016 by GBIG Insight
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In the 2016 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency indicator survey, 72 percent of respondents have plans to increase investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. “Going Green” and “Environmentally Friendly” are no longer newsworthy, trending headlines. Now, there is a growing focus on how to achieve energy...[read more]

Toronto: A Tale Of Three Cities

In 1998, the cities of Etobicoke, York, East York, North York, Scarborough, and Toronto, making up Metropolitan Toronto, were amalgamated into the City of Toronto. In 2014, the Rotary Clubs in Scarborough (coalition of 5 different Rotary Clubs in Scarborough) saw that one of the former municipalities, Scarborough, had close to half of...[read more]

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Cities vs Cities: who’s smarter?

June 22, 2016 by Vitor Pereira

Yes, cities are competing with each other. All of them look to attract the most remarkable, creative, intelligent, innovative personalities and citizens. At the same time, they're competing for tourists, companies, investments. It is a mindless competition, many times aggressive and senseless. Not even very smart. If, by 2050, 75% of the world's population is living in cities, we need to find out which cities are those going to be. Not all of them will have attractive capacities and will eventually lose population.[read more]

Should Switzerland adopt an unconditional basic income guarantee?

May 26, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

On June 5, 2016, Switzerland will become the first country to hold a national referendum on the introduction of an Unconditional Basic Income. The proposal is essentially an income guarantee that would ensure everyone in the country is paid a minimum after-tax amount of 2,500 Swiss francs per month.The idea is that this would replace...[read more]

Green industrial policy: a transition of values

May 24, 2016 by Charles Arthur
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Anna Pegels asks why the transformation to an economically and ecologically sustainable society is so difficult?***Western society has traditionally been characterized as a market economy, a system in which the market is meant to correct itself. It stands for liberalization, not regulation. Yet the market is not an end in itself, but...[read more]

Making industrial policy relevant again

April 20, 2016 by Charles Arthur
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"There is only one measure of success: are you exporting something different than you were five years ago?” a bald man billows across the conference hall.The most recent industrial policy conference in Madagascar spanned two days and consisted of experts and academics promoting new models on the micro-foundations of innovation or the...[read more]

2 new ways to think about economic inequality

April 11, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly
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We talk a lot about economic inequality these days. We worry, among other things, that our successful cities are becoming playgrounds for the rich and that housing is becoming increasingly unaffordable for the middle class.Without negating the importance of things such as attainable housing, I’d like to offer up two, potentially new,...[read more]

What will make Arab Cities Sustainable?

January 25, 2016 by Ivan Bruce
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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]

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]