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Published on June 26, 2012 Written by Maggie Comstock Posted in Advocacy and policy
Me with Yuko Nishida, planner, Bureau of Environment Metropolitan Government of

Tens of thousands of delegates from diverse backgrounds and geographical regions convened in Rio to protect the future we want through sustainable development policy. While progress was made on the negotiating text, few are satisfied with the level of commitments and accountability from national governments. However, the news from Rio isn’t...

Published on June 25, 2012 Written by Jason Hartke Posted in Advocacy and policy
Mayor of Johannesburg, Mayor Bloomberg, Mayor Paes of Rio and the Mayor of Seoul

Cities Arrive in Force at Rio+20

I don’t know if that 1992 pop song "We Got the Power" was meant for cities. But it should have been. It certainly would have been apropos during Rio+20, where cities arrived in force.

Bumpa…Bumm

Recognized widely as the driving force behind many of the most significant...

Published on June 19, 2012 Written by Jason Hartke Posted in Advocacy and policy

“It is time that we steered by the stars, not the lights of each passing ship.”
— General Omar Bradley

The green building world knows the following statistic all too well. On average, we spend 90 percent of our time indoors. That’s 21.6 hours out of every day. That’s 328 and a half days every year. Inside a building...

Published on June 12, 2012 Written by Maggie Comstock Posted in Advocacy and policy
Rocinha Favela, the largest favela in Rio de Janiero. Photo credit: David Berkow

In order to accommodate the expected increase in urban population of two billion people by 2030, we would need 200 new cities with populations of 10 million people—think 200 cities larger than Paris! Obviously the sustainable planning and construction of these cities is crucial to avoiding exponential increases in future emissions; however,...

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