Greening the grey with green infrastructure
Nov15

Greening the grey with green infrastructure

San Francisco’s paved surfaces, including buildings, streets and parking lots, cover most of the city, preventing rainwater from infiltrating into the ground. The result is that stormwater runoff travels across these impervious surfaces picking up pollutants including oil, bacteria and debris before it flows into the city’s combined sewer system. Usually, the combined stormwater and wastewater is transported to a wastewater treatment...

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The world’s first carbon neutral city
Nov08

The world’s first carbon neutral city

Between 2007 – the year South Australia established its climate change legislation and released its first climate change strategy – and 2013 the City of Adelaide has reduced its emissions by 20% Click & Tweet! . At the same time the city’s economy grew by 28%. Not content with its impressive record, Adelaide released in 2015 its Carbon Neutral Adelaide vision with the aim of being the world’s first carbon neutral city Click & Tweet! ....

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The Big Green Apple enhancing its livability
Nov01

The Big Green Apple enhancing its livability

What is a livability city? A livable city is a city that provides ‘quality of life’ Click & Tweet! as experienced by its residents. However, cities are facing increased challenges from rising household consumption, rising demand for urban services, depletion of natural resources, increasing levels of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and increasing vulnerability to natural disasters and risks from climate change. As such, the...

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Dublin becoming a climate smart city
Oct26

Dublin becoming a climate smart city

The definition of a ‘smart city’ varies across people and sectors. One definition from the UK’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills is that a smart city is a process rather than a static outcome Click & Tweet! through which citizen engagement, hard infrastructure, social capital and digital technologies are combined to make a city more livable and resilient to new challenges. A Climate Smart City In the context of climate...

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I am Amsterdam Rainproof
Oct12

I am Amsterdam Rainproof

Amsterdam is a global leader in using Water Sensitive Urban Design Click & Tweet! (WSUD) principles to manage water sustainably and be resilient to climate change. What is WSUD? The International Water Association has officially launched The IWA Principles for Water Wise Cities that outlines a framework to assist urban leaders and professionals to develop and implement their vision for sustainable urban water and resilient planning...

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Vienna is a maestro when it comes to being sustainable
Oct05

Vienna is a maestro when it comes to being sustainable

Vienna, the home of Beethoven, Mozart and the finest orchestra in the world – the Vienna Philharmonic – is also a maestro when it comes to its commitment of being a leading sustainable city of the 21st century. Ranked number 4 in the world by Arcadis’ Sustainable Cities Index 2016, the city has invested significantly in its infrastructure to ensure that current and future generations of residents enjoy a high quality of life. For...

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