• New ways to link national resources with local priorities are needed

    WASHINGTON, DC (August 4, 2017) — Tanzania is undergoing a remarkable transformation. Its urban population is projected to grow from less than 15 million people in 2012 to more than 60 million people by mid-century.

    Most of this growth will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s cultural and economic hub. It’s fast on its way to becoming a megacity with a population projected to more than double from 4.4 million in 2012 to 10.8 million in 2030. Still, other cities like Mwanza and Dodoma are also projected to see major increases in population in the years ahead.

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  • New WRI study presents recommendations to help overcome the housing crisis in the global south

    WASHINGTON, DC (July 12, 2017) — According to a new report from World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, 330 million households in cities around the world, equivalent to 1.2 billion people, do not have access to affordable and secure housing. Without immediate action, the problem will become even more critical, as this housing gap is projected to grow by 30 percent to 1.6 billion people by 2025.

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  • NAIROBI, KENYA (June 28, 2017) — Can we have cities that grow sustainably while providing opportunity for all? At a workshop in Nairobi, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities gathered stakeholders from across sub-Saharan Africa to help answer this question.    

  • ESKIŞEHIR, Turkey (June 7, 2017) — During World Environment Week earlier this month, WRI’s Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) led a series of innovative and youth-focused outreach events in Eskişehir-Sazova Park to spread information about energy efficiency and sustainability. More than 500 children, from 7 to 15 years old, played several efficiency-themed games to better understand the basic concepts of building efficiency and the opportunities to improve energy use in their own lives.

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  • ESKIŞEHIR, TURKEY (June 9, 2017) — The Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), with support from Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality, hosted the first in a series of trainings on building energy efficiency in Eskişehir, Turkey. This training increased the capacity of local professionals in working with distributed district heating and cooling systems. The workshop convened 95 experts from local government, academia and the private sector.

  • BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY (April 4, 2017)— Five new cities and districts have committed to improve their buildings by adopting new policies, demonstration projects and tracking progress against their goals. The cities join the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), a public-private collaboration that now includes over 35 global organizations and 28 cities in 18 countries.

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  • WRI India's Nikhil Chaudhary is fighting to improve walkability in India through art. When the urban planner is not at the office, he is making comics and short films depicting pedestrian mobility struggles in cities that prioritize cars. 

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  • WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ World TOD Resource Launches at ConnectKaro 2017 in New Delhi

    The World Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Resource, an easily-accessible, web-based platform designed to educate policy-makers, planners and developers in the Global South about the benefits of TOD and equip them with tools for implementation, is now available to the public. Going beyond the traditional focus on urban design, the World TOD Resource includes a wide range of information about financing, institutional structures and practical implementation advice—in addition to design.

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  • WASHINGTON (January 13, 2017) — City officials worldwide often lack accurate, comprehensive information about the traffic conditions of their road networks. Road sensors and other technologies that can collect data in real time are often prohibitively expensive even for countries with the financial means. At the same time, the amount of mobility data collected by the private sector has grown exponentially—an opportunity for collaboration between business and governments to improve mobility worldwide. 

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  • Following WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities’ Seven Steps, the city’s plan is improving sustainable mobility and urban planning

    Since launching its Mobility Plan in 2015, Joinville, in Santa Catarina, Brazil, has become a model city for urban planning. With ambitious and coherent goals, the city is prepared to offer a high-quality of life to a population that is expected to reach 1 million by 2045.

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