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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Wastewater becomes resourcewater
Feb15

Wastewater becomes resourcewater

A paradigm shift is required to stop viewing wastewater as a problem Click & Tweet! and instead see it as a resource that provides water, for both humans and nature, as well as energy and fertilizer. One city that is leading the way in turning waste into a resource is Hamburg Click & Tweet! with the city’s utility, HAMBURG WASSER, setting the goal of closing the material and energy cycle with energy-saving technology. 20th-century...

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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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The circular economy and the water world
Jan31

The circular economy and the water world

With the rise of the circular economy, where products and waste materials are reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled, water utilities need to understand the flow of resources – water and non-water – in and out of cities Click & Tweet! . One water utility leading the way in implementing the circular economy is Berlin’s Berliner Wasserbetriebe. Berliner Wasserbetriebe leading the circular economy Berliner Wasserbetriebe is an...

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Smart city, smarter water management
Jan25

Smart city, smarter water management

The pace of urbanization globally is unprecedented with nearly 66% of the world’s population expected to be urban by 2050. At the same time, global demand for water will increase by 55%. Therefore, the ability of cities to become smart in effectively and efficiently managing scarce water resources is critical to ensuring urban water security Click & Tweet! . A smart city To become ‘smart’ in general, cities around the world will need...

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South Australia’s circular economy initiative
Jan18

South Australia’s circular economy initiative

In the circular economy, businesses and consumers are taking steps to transition towards a stronger, more circular economy Click & Tweet! where resources, including water, are used in a more sustainable way. Creating a circular economy is about ‘closing the loop’ of product lifecycles Click & Tweet! through greater recycling and re-use, with significant benefits to both the economy and the environment. In one recent report by the...

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