urban sustainability News

  • Sustainable urbanization key to sustainable growth, says ADB

    With more than one billion people in the Asia and Pacific region expected to join the urban population in the next 20 years, sustainable economic development is not possible without sustainable urbanization, said a senior official from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In his speech to the Regional Workshop on Sustainable Urbanization, Klaus Gerhaeusser, Director General of ADB's East Asia ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • U.S.-China collaboration on sustainable urbanization

    A group of government officials from China traveled on a study tour in the United States last week. The tour, hosted by the World Resources Institute, focused on low carbon development. The delegation was led by Director General Su Wei of the Department of Climate Change from China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), who is China’s chief negotiator on climate change ...

  • Sustainability is key to quality of urban life

    A new report suggests that modern urban areas provide high standards of living and prosperity, but are less successful in delivering 'quality of life' to all citizens. If local, national and European authorities focus on sustainable living, they can drive new social, cultural and economic initiatives needed to protect the environment and secure the long-term future of city dwellers. 'Quality of ...

  • Sustainability

    New research from KPMG International has identified 10 "megaforces" that will significantly affect corporate growth globally over the next two decades.  The KPMG study, Expect the Unexpected: Building Business Value in a Changing World, explores issues such as ...


    By KPMG International

  • India`s Urban Mobility Plans Pathway to Sustainability

    Improved urban transport strategies can bring a myriad of benefits to India, from reductions in CO2 emissions to a more mobile and inclusive society, according to a new report. The revised version of Toolkits for Urban Development: Comprehensive Mobility Plans was updated by India's Ministry of Urban Development together with the Institute of Urban Transport, the United Nations Environment ...

  • New Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability from AULA

    Antioch University Los Angeles has announced the launch of a new Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability program as well as a Certificate in Urban Sustainability. This revolutionary, national low-residency program will provide graduate level study in urban ecosystem science, urban planning and policy, activism and advocacy, urban ...

  • Chicago green schemes: sustainable urban development models

    A publication released by the University of Illinois contains dozens of sustainable design concepts that could guide the revitalizing of urban areas around the world. The publication - "Green Schemes: Sustainable Urbanism for Garfield Park" released by the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Top ten cities for excellence in Urban sustainability announced

    Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced the winners of the inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards last week in London. The Awards honored ten cities for excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change. The winning cities and their award categories are: Bogotá (Urban Transportation) ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Call for Papers: International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development

    International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development - New in 2009We invite you to showcase your research in the International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development.Authors are invited to submit papers to the Editor Ramin Keivani at: rkeivani@brookes.ac.ukInternational Journal of Urban Sustainable Development aims to provide a forum for cutting edge research and rigorous debate for in-depth ...


    By Taylor & Francis Group

  • New Guide to Sustainable Drainage in the Urban Landscape

    A detailed and informative Guide to Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in the Urban Landscape has been published as part of the Engineering Nature’s Way initiative by Hydro International. The guide can be downloaded for free by visiting www.engineeringnaturesway.co.uk, the web-based knowledge resource for SuDS and flooding in the UK. It ...


  • The New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals: Synergies and Challenges Ahead

    Population growth and urbanization are projected to add 2.5 billion people to the world's urban population by 2050, with nearly 90% of the increase coming in Asia and Africa. This trend illustrates why cities have become one of the most challenging and important areas in which to implement sustainable development policies. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “our struggle for global ...

  • Starting this September, CitiesGoGreen pulls the scattered information on urban sustainability into a single resource

    For the first time in history most of the world’s population lives in cities. Cities produce most of the greenhouse gases and consume three quarters of the world’s energy. Yet cities are key to preventing catastrophic climate change. They can support efficient transportation, establish highly efficient building standards, generate renewable energy and much more. At the same time, they save money, ...


  • Innovyze Releases InfoSWMM Sustain for Comprehensive Urban Stormwater Treatment and Analysis

    Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the worldwide release of InfoSWMM Sustain. Designed in response to the needs of watershed and stormwater engineering professionals, this power tool lets users develop, evaluate, and select ...


    By Innovyze

  • A healthy urban habitat

    Half the world's population live in cities. By 2050, the total number of urban dwellers is expected to nearly double, rising from 3.3 billion to 6.4 billion1. How do we accommodate urbanisation while ensuring good quality of life and health? How do we minimise environmental damage but still develop our cities? This thematic issue provides a window into the research evidence that can help us ...

  • `The great urban transformation`: Nobel Laureates call on cities to tackle sustainability challenge

    Cities around the globe need to re-invent themselves if they want to be a safe home for generations to come. Nobel Laureates call upon cities to tackle the dual challenge of population growth and climate change and seize the opportunity to lead the transition to sustainability. National and internationally agreed greenhouse-gas reduction targets need to guide and support local action. The ...

  • Innovyze Unveils InfoSWMM Sustain for Comprehensive Urban Stormwater Treatment and Analysis

    Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the second quarter 2015 release of InfoSWMM Sustain. Designed in response to the needs of watershed and stormwater engineering professionals, this power tool lets users develop, evaluate, and select optimal best management practice (BMP) combinations at various ...


    By Innovyze

  • Local people place different values on urban sustainability indicators

    Progress towards achieving a sustainable urban environment may be measured by sustainability indicators (SIs), which can be chosen to represent values that are important to local communities. A recent study has assessed a set of SIs developed by both sustainability experts and local citizens and suggests that local communities can attach different values to SIs to reflect local values and ...

  • CONNECTKaro sustainable transport and urbanization event set to kick-off in Mumbai

    On April 15-16, Indian and international experts will discuss the current scenario of sustainable transport and urban planning in India, and the opportunities for the future of sustainable cities EMBARQ India, the World Resources Institute’s centre for sustainable transport and urban planning in ...

  • Development of tools for the promotion of the sustainable urban wastewater treatment and reuse

    Decision-making in environmental projects can be complex due mainly to the existence of trade-offs between socio-political, environmental and economic factors. This is why the 'Medaware' project, which is an EU Meda Water Project, has focused its aims on the development of a software tool capable of applying a scoring system for existing wastewater facilities based on the potential safe reuse of ...


  • Composing urban soundscapes

    Currently architecture is dominated by the visual sense. The dominance of visual culture seems to have ‘deafened’ our aural experiences. We cannot avert our ears in the way we can our eyes from unwanted stimulus, the constant bombardment by our culture may have already caused us to have surrendered to noise (unwanted sound). White wires spilling from our ears indicate a rejection of urban ...

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