Vancouver moving toward 100% renewable energy

Vancouver adopted its Greenest City Action Plan in 2011 with the aim of becoming the world’s “greenest” city by 2020. This original plan laid out the aspiration to eliminate Vancouver’s on fossil fuels. In March, 2015 Vancouver City Council took the City’s ambitions a step further and unanimously adopted the goal of shifting to 100% renewable energy. In June and July of …

Improving street lighting can be an easy win – National governments are critical

By Rodrigo Villarroel Walker – Cross-posted from the World Resources Institute’ CityFix Lighting represents about 15 percent of global power consumption and 5 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Street lighting alone represents about 3 percent of world electricity consumption. Extensive programs that replace obsolete street lighting systems—incandescent, mercury vapor, and sodium high pressure vapor—with more efficient technologies—ceramic metal halide …

Public space in cities – “lungs of the city”, indicators, and science on benefits

The famed American landscape architect and Central Park designer Fredrick Law Olmsted said that parks are the “lungs of the city.” However, many cities around the world—from growing Addis Ababa to sprawling Mumbai and dense Sao Paulo—currently lack adequate public space and find it difficult to breath.  Even Pope Francis devoted considerable space in his encyclical to writing about the …