Vol4 MeasuringCityResilience. Why Incumbents Fail – And What That Means for Sustainability. What If London Were a National Park City? Join or die: How utilities are coping with 100% renewable energy goals. On June 6, 2017, Santa Barbara, Calif., became the 30th U.S. city committed to getting 100% of its power from renewable energy.
Just six months later, on Nov. 29, Truckee, Calif., became the 50th city to make the pledge. More 100% commitments are in the works. Over 150 Republican and Democratic Mayors have endorsed the objective. The United States Conference of Mayors in June approved a resolution reaffirming its support of the Paris Climate Agreement and of policies to grow renewables and cut emissions. Recently, former President Barack Obama applauded the 45-plus Mayors who signed the just-released Chicago Climate Charter endorsing the Paris agreement. This growing momentum is driven by two key factors, according to Jodie Van Horn, Executive Director of Ready for 100, a division of the Sierra Club pushing 100% renewables.
Success stories. Look at the big picture, avoid groupthink, remember history. The Transformation of Sustainable Development. Sustainable development is being transformed.
Since its foundation as a set of philosophical principles and values, sustainable development has evolved to a more specific and significant set of applications that is redefining business models, changing the scope of policy initiatives, transforming governance and expanding the voices of global citizens. Tweetmeme_url = ' From the compliance and “command and control” decision making of previous generations, the growing imperative of sustainable development has given rise to a more dynamic and interactive process at global, regional and local levels. Business and civil society leaders, with increasing support from selected governments, strategic and sophisticated specialists, investors and innovators, are guiding the process. Resilience isn't the new sustainability — it's a whole new market. I would have made a hopeless librarian.
My desks, both at home and in the office, look as if Genghis Khan’s troops have just passed through. But I know where to find stuff. Happily, too, my brain constantly snaps new organizational frameworks over the wider world, imposing order on apparent chaos. For example, I recently was playing around with yet another A-to-Z of terms used to describe the evolving stretch agenda for business, from Abundance through to Zeroing.
Working through the alphabet, there proved to be many contenders for the R slot, but I’d be tempted to drape that mantle around the shoulders of resilience. What integrated sustainability really means. For more than 20 years, I've been among those promoting a more integrated approach to sustainability.
Business and government must collaborate on resilience. Following the impact of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, the concept of resilience and its relationship to sustainability has been attracting a great deal of attention on the part of policy makers, business executives and community leaders.
There are many interpretations of resilience in fields as diverse as medicine, ecology, engineering, urban affairs, finance and supply-chain management. Resilience.io - integrated tools and collaboration for financing and decision making for resilience. On the antifragility of cities and of their buildings. Let us make a brief detour on the concept of “smartness” from the perspective of antifragility, all the more befitting since the concept has of late become rather fashionable in the debates on urban planning and design.
Strong Towns. Principles – Circles of Sustainability. The Circles of Social Life approach begins with the proposition that principles for better cities should be grounded in a general framework that concerns the human condition, rather than just a set of proposals that are added together from different current or fashionable concerns.
We begin with the idea that there should be fundamental principles that relate to the basic domains of social life: ecology, economics, politics and culture. Within this proposed framework of four domains it is possible to suggest a very simple set of Principles for Better Cities that are systematically connected but can be readily understood. The following list was drafted through extensive global consultation during the PrepCity process led by the City of Berlin. Forums were held in Buenos Aires (2015), Mexico City (2016) and Berlin (2016). America’s First All-Renewable-Energy City. To understand what makes Burlington unlike almost any other city in America when it comes to the power it consumes, it helps to look inside the train that rolls into town every day.
The 24 freight cars that pull up to the city’s power plant aren’t packed with Appalachian coal or Canadian fuel oil but wood. Each day 1,800 tons of pine and timber slash, sustainably harvested within a 60-mile radius and ground into wood chips, is fed into the roaring furnaces of the McNeil Generating Station, pumping out nearly half of the city’s electricity needs.
Much of the rest of what Burlington’s 42,000 citizens need to keep the lights on comes from a combination of hydroelectric power drawn from a plant it built a half mile up Vermont's Winooski River, four wind turbines on nearby Georgia Mountain and a massive array of solar panels at the airport. The environmental sustainability revolution has spread to other sectors of civic life. Story Continued Below. A Joint Project of NRDC + IMT. What Works Cities - What Works Cities. GREEN MAGIC HOMES - The most beautiful Green Homes ever. Can you imagine living under your garden, your flowers, your trees, in a green vibrant living landscape?
All this is can be possible with GREEN MAGIC HOMES technology. These elegant arched structures are made of fiber reinforced polymer modular components which are durable, flexible and waterproof. With endless design possibilities, these structures can be assembled quickly and easily, with minimal cost to create a gracious living environment in harmony with nature. Green Magic Homes Corp. establishes strategic alliance with Canadian company to offer cutting edge Solar and Wind technology. Advocates Say Climate Right for Resilience Ratings. BOSTON — Climate experts and municipal issuers see the capital markets — investors with more than $70 trillion in assets under management — as valued financing streams for resilience and green projects.
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Information Agreements City Anatomy: A Framework to support City Governance, Evaluation and Transformation Task Team: ANCHA. Urban resilience. Urban resilience is defined as the “capability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from significant multi-hazard threats with minimum damage to public safety and health, the economy, and security" of a given urban area.
Contemporary academic discussion of urban resilience focuses on three distinct threats; climate change, natural disasters and terrorism. This article will initially focus on the challenges and disasters specific to climate change, and future additions on counter-terrorism, other disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis, solar flares, etc.) and sustainable energy strategies are welcome and encouraged. The urban impacts of climate change vary widely across geographical and developmental scales. Third U.S. City Goes 100% Renewable. Aspen is one of three U.S. cities to run on 100 percent renewable energy as of today, according to city officials. The Colorado mountain town is best known for its posh ski resorts, but this beautiful town also has established itself as a leader in environmental stewardship. The city had been using about 75 to 80 percent renewable energy until Thursday when it signed a contract with wholesale electric energy provider Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, in order “to achieve this final leg of our goal,” David Hornbacher, utilities and environmental initiatives director, told The Aspen Times.
The goal was proposed 10 years ago as part of the city’s Canary Initiative, which “identifies Aspen and other mountain communities as canaries in the coal mine with respect to their sensitivity to the effects of climate change.” “It was a very forward-thinking goal and truly remarkable achievement,” Hornbacher said. This Big Texas City Will Soon Be Powered Entirely By Wind And Sun. GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – There’s a fast-growing city in Texas that also has one of the most progressive energy programs in the country — and it’s not Austin.
Located about 30 miles north of the Texas capital in a deeply conservative county, the city of Georgetown will be powered 100 percent by renewable energy within the next couple years. Georgetown’s residents and elected officials made the decision to invest in two large renewable energy projects, one solar and one wind, not because they reduced greenhouse gas emissions or sent a message about the viability of renewable energy — but because it just made sense, according to Mayor Dale Ross. A Town Saves Money with Renewable Energy. Scituate is the first town in Massachusetts to power all of its government services using only renewable energy. All municipal services - including water, sewer, municipal buildings, and streetlights - will soon be powered by the sun and the wind. The town expects to save over $400,000 per year in electricity costs and the best part is that they didn’t have to buy the solar panels or wind turbine.
Too good to be true? Britain's First Solar Powered Town? Inspiring Story Continues (Video) Image credit: Solarcentury. Go 100% Renewable Energy : City of Aspen - 100% Renewable Power by 2015. Go 100% Renewable Energy : Welcome. German town goes off the grid. Drake Landing Solar Community. Texas city opts for 100% renewable energy – to save cash, not the planet. 100 Resilient Cities. 2015 Best-Performing Cities. Go 100% Renewable Energy : Fukushima Prefecture - 100% RE by 2040.
Aizuwakamatsu Castle, Photo credit: Σ64 / wikipedia.org The first stage of the Fukushima wind farm experiments involves construction of a floating electrical substation and a 4-column semisubmerged wind turbine. Stage two includes an advanced spar-buoy floating wind turbine and a 3-column semisubmerged turbine model. (Courtesy the Fukushima marine wind power consortium.) A diagram showing a few types of floating wind turbine platforms.
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