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Transition Streets: A New Way to Build Resilience From the Bottom Up

July 22, 2015 by Shareable .

This bus is heading for a sustainable city. Hop on!

Transition Streets is a toolkit for neighborhood transformation and community building. A project of Transition US, it's as simple as neighbors coming together to explore carbon-saving and resilience-building actions in the areas of food, water, waste, energy, transportation, all the while building relationships together.[read more]

Why Urban Homesteading Could Be a Key to More Livable, Resilient Cities

July 21, 2015 by Barnraiser. Us

Growing food in the city

The Urban Homesteader shows urbanites how to produce their own food through a web series, how-to materials and a skill-sharing platform. It's been chosen as part of a select group of campaigns to launch Indiegogo's new sustainability initiative, which shines a spotlight on social innovation projects.[read more]

Women in Food: Coroner and Community Organizer Ashley Ponschok on Making the Community Healthier

Ashley Ponschok

Ashley Ponschok is the Senior Community Development Specialist for, a Green Bay initiative whose aim is "to make the Greater Green Bay Area the healthiest community in the nation". She speaks here about her work educating people in the community on the interconnectedness of the food system.[read more]

New Exec Course Urges Connection of Green Building with Health Promotion

Building for Health

The built environment has profound effects on human health and the world around us. The new Building for Health executive education program is a highly engaging course that equips executives with the cutting edge research and skills to lead at the in­tersection of human health and the built environment.[read more]

Play the City: A Game That Lets Everyone Plan the Future of a Town

July 10, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Wanna play on our team?

Play the City is the Amsterdam and Istanbul-based City Gaming company which has designed and developed a ‘City Gaming’ method, used around the world in response to the traditional method of engagement used by city governments. Here, we examine Play Khayelitsha, a version made for Cape Town's Khayelitsha Business District.[read more]

Tell Us What You Think Is the Role of Local and Regional Governments in Sustainable Development

Your views are needed

UCLG is working with its members and partners to develop a Global Agenda of Local and Regional Governments for the 21st Century. We invite local governments to discuss the following ideas and to build on the consultations with their own inputs, leading up to next year's important Habitat III conference.[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]

International Regional and Local Leaders Call on Cities to Bind Together for Justice and Climate Action

June 18, 2015 by David Thorpe

The Mayor of Montevideo, Ana Oliveira

Around 200 representatives of local and regional governments from over 35 countries and all world continents participated in the UCLG Executive Bureau meetings that took place between 10 and 12 June 2015 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, focusing on the Post-2015 development programme and the New Urban Agenda.[read more]

The Amazing Effect of Having a School District Sustainability Director

The Center for Green Schools gets a good report

Within the last five years, the network of school district sustainability staff convened by the Center for Green Schools has grown four fold, and we've launched four successful Green Schools Fellowships. In the process, we've gleaned a lot of information about what it takes to get sustainability moving in a school system.[read more]

Does This Change Everything? What the Pope Says About Climate Change

June 16, 2015 by David Thorpe

The cover of Pope Francis' Climate Change Encyclical

An encyclical signifying the support of the Catholic Church for action against climate change has been leaked, in advance of the speech Pope Francis was due to make this week. In it he calls for a change in lifestyles and energy consumption in order to avert the "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem". But he says much more...[read more]

What is Smart Growth?

June 16, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Is there such a thing as sustainable growth?

A Review of the Smart Growth Manual by: Andres Duany & Jeff Speck with Mike Lydon. The experience of three planning veterans boiled into a valid list of smart growth concepts that can serve as a primer for new development efforts.[read more]


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]