Sydney’s water blueprint
Apr26

Sydney’s water blueprint

Cities across the globe face long-term challenges from the direct and indirect impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. In light of this, many cities are implementing resilience strategies to ensure that people living and working in cities survive and thrive no matter what shocks or stresses they encounter. One city leading the way is Sydney, a city of over 5.5 million people and Australia’s leading global city with...

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A Blue and Green Hong Kong
Apr19

A Blue and Green Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Drainage Services Department (DSD) is actively revitalizing water bodies across the city Click & Tweet! with priority given to greening, biodiversity and aesthetic improvements in addition to ensuring effective drainage. With Blue-Green Infrastructure – blue refers to rivers and water bodies while green refers to greening landscapes – DSD aims to provide citizens with rivers suffused with lush greenery and pristine blue,...

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Achieving water security and the SDGs
Apr05

Achieving water security and the SDGs

The Water Show Africa, held in Johannesburg over March 28th and 29th, brought together a series of speakers, both locally and internationally, to help bridge the gap between the opportunities and challenges in the water sector. It was a privilege to be one of the keynote speakers and panelists at The Water Show Africa. My keynote speech sought to address the keystones for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): innovation...

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Ontario’s drive to cut building emissions
Mar08

Ontario’s drive to cut building emissions

Globally, buildings are responsible for 40% of annual energy consumption Click & Tweet! and up to 30% of all energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The building sector is also responsible for 12% of all freshwater use Click & Tweet! . With energy and water inextricably linked, reducing water consumption in buildings will in turn reduce GHG emissions. Ontario’s drive to cut building emissions In Ontario, private buildings,...

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Making a net zero carbon economy
Feb22

Making a net zero carbon economy

Food waste is one of the least recovered materials Click & Tweet! and is one of the most important materials to divert from landfills. Food that is disposed of in landfills decomposes to create methane, a gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Diverting even a portion of this waste to waste-to-energy systems could free up large amounts of landfill space as well as provide renewable energy for a variety of uses. Making a...

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Strategies for greening the skyline
Feb08

Strategies for greening the skyline

On January 24th 2017, San Diego’s City Council unanimously approved its Urban Forestry Program Five Year Plan to help the city meet its commitment to climate change mitigation and resilience, carbon sequestration, stormwater runoff reduction and water conservation as set out in the city’s Climate Action Plan. The Climate Resiliency Strategy 5 of the city’s Climate Action Plan establishes the goal of increasing San Diego’s urban tree...

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