Sustainable Cities

Why engaging millennials in business is crucial for tackling climate change

Posted by David Saddington, Analyst Consultant on 1 August 2016

“Climate change is a new type of problem that requires a new type of thinking.”

Bicester – should we expect more from a 21st Century Garden City?

Posted by Paul Maryan, Managing Consultant on 20 January 2015

The name ‘Garden City’ conjures up evocative images of a vibrant new city, full of open spaces creating the hope of good living in the future. Whether this is the outcome or not, the reality is that any new, large development will have massive impacts on people living in and around Bicester for possibly decades to come.

What are the green infrastructure and water management opportunities within the London Infrastructure Plan 2050?

Posted by Aaron Burton, Principal Consultant - Water on 9 December 2014

Cities are key to sustainable development and the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) consultation on a London Infrastructure 2050[]plan provides an opportunity for this world city to provide a leading role. I love living in London, however travelling throughout the world I see many approaches that we can adopt. This would help London meet the challenges of population growth (the city’s population is set to grow 37% to 11.3 million people by 2050) and climate change, adapting to and mitigating against threats such as flooding.

Achieving Sustainable Development in Bangladesh: the Conundrum of Urban Environmental Governance

Posted by Luca Petrarulo and Nidhi Mittal on 12 September 2014

We recently visited Bangladesh (Spring 2014) to undertake field visits to the major cities of Dhaka, Rajshahi and Chittagong as part of our work developing the country’s environmental profile. The work was funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Like much of Asia, Bangladesh’s cities are experiencing steady urban growth. This has great potential to drive sustainable development and economic growth. However, as is also the case in many Asian cities, these Bangladeshi cities are experiencing the fall-out of unplanned urbanisation.

How can landscape ecology help develop sustainable cities?

Posted by Richard Smithers on 26 August 2014

\"\"[]My impression is that around the world much thought on developing sustainable cities is currently focused on socio-economic solutions with biodiversity pushed to the side-lines. Yet, “A healthy, properly functioning natural environment is the foundation of sustained economic growth, prospering communities and personal wellbeing” (HM Government, 2011[]). As such, it seems to me short-sighted that the role of green infrastructure tends to be only considered within a city’s boundaries, when there is a need to address cities’ impacts and dependencies more generally if they are to be sustainable.

Open European Day at Resilient Cities 2014: European Cities Adapt to Climate Change

Posted by Jonathan M Perks on 29 May 2014

I was invited by the organisers (ICLEI) to attend the Open European Day at Resilient Cities 2014 and observe three of the event’s sessions. I joined two other observers and reported back my reflections as part of a panel discussion during the closing plenary session.

Smart and Sustainable Cities: more complex than you may think?

Posted by Tim Curtis - Director, Operational Development on 16 May 2014

Just reflecting on my last week, which started at the Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform Smart and Sustainable Cities Symposium and ended with a sustainable cities partner meeting, the topic of what makes a city both smart and sustainable has been very much on my mind.  At the Symposium, I was delighted to share the platform with Sir David King, who outlined very succinctly the challenge of global demographics, in particular that it is not a population crisis we face per se, but an urban growth crisis, as it is estimated that 70% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050.