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'Eco-city' Vancouver Votes Down Tax to Fund Public Transit. Shouldn't It Learn From Hong Kong?

July 3, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly
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Sky Train at Rupert Station

Earlier today it was announced that Metro Vancouver voted “no” to a 0.5% sales tax increase that would have been used to fund a $7.5 billion regional transportation plan. So why is it that Asian transit operators seem to be so much better than North American transit operators at recovering their costs through fares?[read more]

How to Double Building Energy Efficiency in Your Area With the UN's SE4ALL [Video]

July 3, 2015 by Celina Plaza

Introduction to the Building Efficiency Accelerator.

Watch this webinar to discover how to double the rate of energy efficiency improvements in the building sector in your area by 2030, under the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform initiative.[read more]

Transit Infrastructure: Why We All Lose by Not Investing

July 1, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

All aboard the BRT?

Infrastructure is an investment without a direct or short-term return, and so is often the first victim when politicians run on austerity and fiscal prudence, but really cater to immediate gratification and private consumption at the expense of long term thinking and communal benefits. Here is the case for long-term investments in infrastructure[read more]

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Meet the Businesses Aiming for 100% Renewable Energy

June 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

The launch at Formula E

Following the webinar last week on Sustainable Cities Collective about the many cities committed to aimng for 100% Renewable Energy, leading businesses are publicizing their own commitment to the same target and chalenging others to follow their example, citing the many benefits of doing so.[read more]

How to Obtain Finance For Greener Buildings: Guidelines for the Real Estate Sector

June 9, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Green bonds need more tapping

In 2014, global corporate bond issuance totalled $3.35 trillion. New Green Bond Guidelines for the Real Estate Sector have been issued to help the sector access some of these funds to make greener buildings. Here’s the why, how, and who on green bonds and the GRESB Guidelines.[read more]

City and Business Leaders Warned of $130bn/yr Funding Gap for Resilience and Adaptation

June 5, 2015 by David Thorpe

Infrasturcture is vulnerable

A new report from Mott Macdonald shows there is a business dividend from investing in resilience in the form of improved protection or better emergency planning. But it also highlights a $130bn per annum global funding gap for resilience and adaptation measures offering marginal direct business benefit.[read more]

5 Awesome Ways to Celebrate Global Sharing Week, June 7-13

June 1, 2015 by Shareable .

Disco Soupe in Paris

100 million people... five continents… 300+ partners… Last year’s Global Sharing Day saw millions around the world celebrating and discovering the Sharing Economy! It was such a success that this year it’s become… Global Sharing WEEK! And, with just one week to go, we’ve put together a list of the five most awesome ways to be part of it.[read more]

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Battle of the Mayors May Decide Devolution of Power to UK Cities

May 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes – against elected mayors

Legislation to allow the devolution of power to cities is strongly expected in the first Queen’s speech of the new UK parliament, but the plans may be derailed by cities' opposition to the idea of elected mayors.[read more]

Baltimore's Low Income Levels Are A Function of Social Mobility

May 20, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

Baltimore from the air

Baltimore, besides being in the news recently for unfortunate events, is also a city which has the worst wage levels compared to the US average. Is this related to social mobility? Aaron M. Renn investigates.[read more]

How Detroit's Degrowth Plan Pits Sustainability Against Austerity, Blazing a Path for Other Cities In Crisis to Follow

May 19, 2015 by Charles Arthur
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Detroit's Degrowth Plan is very detailed.

Detroit is pioneering a path for other cities to follow, as a way out of austerity. After declaring bankruptcy, it's been able to attract investment because its degrowth coalition has clearly articulated a detailed, innovative plan for the city’s future based on improving the quality of life for all citizens and sustainable land use.[read more]

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Webinar Roundup: How to Get Started in Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture – the Next Big Thing For Cities

May 18, 2015 by David Thorpe

The future of salad growing

Last week Sustainable Cities Collective hosted a successful webinar on urban agriculture, in particular indoor and vertical farming. It gave plenty of advice to anyone thinking of entering the industry or just curious about it. If you missed it, read this write-up, see a record of the Twitter conversation on Storify or listen to a recording here.[read more]

4 Strategies for Retail+Property Development Bringing Sustainable Transit-Oriented Districts to Chinese Cities

Shenzen, China, has been trialing strategies for financing transit infrastructure

China’s rapid urbanization has dramatically increased the need for public transit infrastructure. Here are four strategies for Retail + Property development being used to bring sustainable transit-oriented development (TOD) in Chinese cities.[read more]