Partners are helping the city target energy emissions and make neighborhoods more sustainableJuly 29, 2015
Research worldwide has shown that residential energy consumption is a major contributor of carbon emissions. However, China is working to break the mold. Earlier this year, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) issued the Low Carbon Community Pilot Development Guidelines, which contains guidelines that push cities to curb their carbon emissions in residential areas.
A new initiative encourages public participation, bringing together local voicesJuly 28, 2015
The success of neighborhood planning often hinges on community engagement. Recognizing this, WRI India Sustainable Cities launched a collaborative initiative on May 7, 2015 called Citizens for the City with partner organizations United Technologies Corporation (UTC), Centre for Public Problem Solving, BBMP, BPAC and United Way of Bengaluru.
Release: Report Provides Urban Design Recommendations for Healthier Cities, Fewer Traffic FatalitiesGuide for urban planners and policymakers details specific design elements with examples from Tokyo, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, New York, Paris and more.July 21, 2015
WASHINGTON (JULY 23, 2015)— A new report, Cities Safer by Design, offers practical guidance for designing safer streets and communities that can reduce traffic fatalities and improve people’s lives. More than 1.3 million people are killed in traffic crashes worldwide, making traffic fatalities one of the leading causes of death in cities, especially in developing countries. Children, elderly, and poor people are particularly vulnerable.
A new report examines past success, outlines recommendations for future progressJuly 07, 2015
Motorized vehicle emissions are a primary cause of air pollution and have some of the most adverse impacts on public health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), exposure to heavy traffic—even living near a major road—is associated poor health outcomes and high mortality rates. In 2012, outdoor air pollution caused 3.7 million premature deaths worldwide, 88 percent of which occurred in low- and middle-income countries.
The city’s BRT network has expanded sustainable mobility options to millionsJune 23, 2015
On Friday, June 19, Metrobús—Mexico City’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system—celebrated its tenth anniversary. Since opening in 2005, Metrobús has made a concrete impact on both the city and the lives of its users. It once took the average person more than 2.5 hours to commute one way, but the system’s segregated bus lanes have helped cut travel times by 42 percent. Reduced travel time is one of the reasons why 17 percent of users now take Metrobús instead of private cars, preventing 150,000 car trips every day.
How cities can turn ideas into actionMay 12, 2015
Hear from over 80 experts about successful strategies and best practices for making innovative and sustainable urban solutions work on the ground. Join as Jaime Lerner, Ken Livingstone, Enrique Peñalosa, Mary Jane Ortega, and other internationally recognized mayors speak about their experiences.
The conference will make you an innovator in city management and give you the opportunity to network with leaders improving quality of life for urban residents worldwide.
Learning from Shenzhen to ensure transit-oriented development across the countryMay 08, 2015
China’s rapid urbanization has dramatically increased the need for public transit infrastructure in cities across the country. The World Bank estimates that China needs to expand rail lines by at least 3,000 kilometers by 2020—a $4 trillion investment—in order to meet the increasing transit demand.
Award-winning design manual evaluates cycling in Istanbul, provides design recommendationsMay 05, 2015
“Safe Cycling Design Manual for Istanbul”, a publication from EMBARQ (sustainable urban mobility by WRI), recently received an Excellence Honorable Mention from the Center for Active Design in New York.
April 15, 2015
Today, we are launching the public face of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and WRIcities.org.