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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]

From China to America: Art Makes City Streets Feel Loved Everywhere

Art makes cities feel loved

Street art can do a lot for a city: improve traffic safety, engage local political and social issues and contribute to the vibrancy of urban communities. In many urban neighborhoods worldwide, street art is no long seen as a public nuisance. Many cities have official programs to support it.[read more]

How Can We Engage Residents to Conserve Urban Biodiversity?

June 15, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Best practice in interpretation

Green developments need informed and engaged residents in order to retain the biodiversity value of a site. This essay reveals how signs installed in neighborhoods can be a technique to inform residents about conservation issues and engage residents to adopt new practices.[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]


Baltimore to Receive National Award  for Excellence in Sustainability

June 11, 2015 by David Thorpe

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will accept the award today

Baltimore City will today be awarded a national rating for its efforts to become a more sustainable community by the STAR Community Rating System, the United States' first comprehensive framework and certification program for evaluating local sustainability.[read more]

#WalkVision Presents 208 Ideas to Foster Walkable Cities and Liveable Communities

June 11, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

For more livable communities.

The Walking Visionaries Awards present 208 ideas, projects and visions for building walkable cities and fostering liveable communities. Browse the online collection and support the submissions with your vote![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]

How Little Free Libraries Make Big Changes in Communities

June 6, 2015 by Shareable .

Little Free Library in Minneapolis

Margret Aldrich and her husband weren’t in the habit of spending much time with their neighbors. They would get home from work, pull into their Minneapolis garage, and head in the back door of their house without much interaction. That all changed with they built a Little Free Library. Within minutes of putting it up, people were coming over to visit.[read more]