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How To Reduce the Carbon Emissions Impact of Travel [Infographic]

July 3, 2015 by David Thorpe
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What might be the best and least best tactics for reducing the environmental impact of your travel? Here they are, from best to worst. Walking and cycling are best and flying worst. But what about in between?[read more]

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision is Breakthrough for Race Relations, Housing and Social Mobility

July 3, 2015 by Peter Smith

A significant ray of hope

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Texas Department of Housing v. Inclusive Communities Project is a landmark ruling for racial and economic equality. It was a victory for those fighting in favor of more protection in the housing market for vulnerable populations.[read more]

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20 City and Regional Governments Pledge to Save 5% of Global Carbon Emissions

July 2, 2015 by David Thorpe

Full infographic in the article

Twenty local city and regional governments, representing over 220 million people and $8.3 trillion GDP, have committed to a series of ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions totalling 5% of all global emissions, with many more due to report over the summer, according to the Compact of States and Regions.[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]

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Using GIS Analysis To Achieve Zero Traffic Casualties

June 18, 2015 by Julio Carrillo

Vision Zero in Austin, Texas

In the city of Austin, Texas, USA, there have been 699 traffic fatalities since 2004, so its Comprehensive Planning unit is embarking on a Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, and using a GIS analysis of traffic incidents to tackle this aim. Here's a glimpse of how it works.[read more]

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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]

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Work Starts on Europe's Largest Urban Permaculture Passivhaus Eco-Community

June 15, 2015 by David Thorpe

The site will contain 68 homes.

Work is starting today to develop the site of the largest permaculture-based, Passivhaus urban eco-community in Europe, in Leicester, England. When finished, the settlement will contain 68 homes for rent at affordable rates for essential workers.[read more]

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Bonn Climate Talks End With Slow Progress

June 12, 2015 by David Thorpe

Christiana Figueres was optimistic

The climate talks that have been ongoing for eleven days in Bonn have wound up with only a little to be optimistic about. There were no tangible commitments made to demands that developed nations make good on their financial commitments to invest in emissions-reducing technology in developing countries, and to cut their own emissions.[read more]

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Baltimore to Receive National Award  for Excellence in Sustainability

June 11, 2015 by David Thorpe
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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]

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How Cities and Regions May Save One Fifth of Nations' Carbon Emissions

June 11, 2015 by David Thorpe

Cities and regions are acting on climate change

Actions by cities and regions could save the lion's share of global greenhouse gas emissions not accounted for at the national level by 2020, according to a new study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). They could save 60% or 1.08 GtCO2e.[read more]

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Collaborative Video Map, A New Tool for Risk Analysis

June 3, 2015 by Camilo Prats

Using Google Maps and videos in disaster management

How can new technologies and collaborative platforms help us to understand the territorial phenomena and global changes? After the historical floods faced by numerous cities in the Atacama Desert during May 25th, a group of Chilean academics started using citizens videos and mapping technics to develop new tools for Risk Analysis and educational purposes.[read more]

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How to Solve the Urbanist Parent Dilemma: Move to Suburbs or Suffer Poor Schools

June 3, 2015 by Erin Chantry

Good for kids?

I consider myself a true urbanist but I was faced with the decision of living close to downtown with the schools some of the worst in Charlotte, but benefit from mixed-uses, sidewalks, beautiful street trees, urban parks, and cultural institutions – or – I could put education first, and move to where the best schools are, in the suburbs. Here's how I made my decision.[read more]

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From 'Smart City' to 'collective intelligence': radical change in Barcelona

June 1, 2015 by Kate Shea Baird

Barcelona en Comú party celebrates

Barcelona's recent elections saw the professionalized, Smart City of incumbent mayor Xavier Trias lose to the idea of a city governed by the 'collective intelligence' of its citizens, advocated by Ada Colau. So what can the world can expect to see from a Barcelona governed 'in common' over the next four years?[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]

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Revealed: The Top European Countries for Cycling Safety, Advocacy and Popularity

May 26, 2015 by David Thorpe

Peddling their way to the top.

Cycling is on the rise everywhere in cities that are taking seriously the idea that promoting it can reduce congestion, improve air quality and the local economy, and the health of citizens. Last week the European Cyclists Federation ranked EU countries for cycling usage, tourism, road safety, cycling advocacy and market size.[read more]

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UK Cities Should Generate Their Own Energy Says National Trust Energy Expert

May 22, 2015 by David Thorpe

Freiberg, Germany

British cities should generate their own energy instead of relying on rural areas to do so, said Patrick Begg, the National Trust’s energy expert yesterday. He was speaking on a panel discussion on the opening day of the Hay Festival of Green Ideas.[read more]

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Central Governments Accused of Hypocrisy Over Their Buildings Energy Efficiency

May 21, 2015 by David Thorpe

EU states not practicing what they preach

Central governments are not leading by example in reducing energy use in their buildings, to save public money even in the age of austerity, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change. At the same time they are exhorting the public and businesses to do the same, according to analysis by the Coalition for Energy Savings.[read more]

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In Which Cities Is It Quicker to Walk and Cycle than Drive a Car?

May 19, 2015 by David Thorpe

What's the point of this?

It's cities with high employment and GDP that experience the biggest increases in traffic congestion and where it's faster to cycle than drive. In New Delhi average driving speeds are now approaching walking speed. In London, travel speeds are now the same as 100 years ago. As it's experiencing a 24% boom in office construction, congestion can only get worse unless drastic action is taken.[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]

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Creating Safe Routes To School for Walking and Cycling Saves Money and Improves Children's Lives - Report

May 8, 2015 by David Thorpe

It's better for you

Increasing walking, biking and other modes of active school travel can help to reduce childhood obesity and improve the lives of children and adolescents as well as saving money on busing children to school. These are the headline results of research by the US Congress' Safe Routes to School program.[read more]