Tag Archives: cities

Five Ways to Build Inclusive Cities

This year, World Cities Day (October 31) focuses on “inclusive cities, shared development.” But with rapidly growing urbanization, how can cities ensure that all of their residents are thriving? Striking with indiscriminate intensity, Hurricane Matthew blew through the Caribbean and the eastern United States in late September. The Category 4 storm plowed the U.S. Gulf Coast … Continue Reading ››

Four Ways Cities Are Greening Our Buildings

Can a city be sustainable? That’s what our 2016 edition of State of the World investigates. In his chapter, “Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Buildings,” author and project co-director Michael Renner explains what actions cities can take to make their buildings greener. Buildings are some of the biggest users of materials and water, … Continue Reading ››

Four Important Lessons from Cuba’s Urban Food Survival Strategy

Cuba has come a long way since the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the loss of imports crucial for the island nation’s industrial agriculture system—such as chemical pesticides and fertilizers—left Cuba with a severe food crisis in the 1990s. Today, Cuba has become a regional leader in sustainable agricultural research. Within its practices and … Continue Reading ››

How Urban Dwellers Drive Massive Deforestation

This post is an excerpt from Worldwatch Institute's Can a City Be Sustainable? (State of the World). Urban centers lie at the root of an important—and often neglected—source of emissions: deforestation. According to Senior Researcher Tom Prugh in Can a City Be Sustainable? (State … Continue Reading ››

Hundreds of Cities Commit to Combating Emissions

Through bold climate commitments, 228 cities around the world are taking the lead on climate action.

Over 200 cities have set greenhouse gas reduction goals or targets. Action in these urban areas, which represent a combined population of 439 million people, could propel countries to meet their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)—the national greenhouse gas reduction … Continue Reading ››

7 Keys to Shaping Sustainable Cities

Cities are the world’s future. More than half of the world’s people live in cities, and the urbanization trend is continuing. Will the world invest in shaping livable, equitable, and sustainable cities? “The path to a sustainable city starts with a vision,” explains Gary Gardner, co-director of the our newest book, Can a City Be … Continue Reading ››

What is the Social Future of Cities? 6 Expert Insights

Can cities shift their systems and structures to become sustainable? This is the second of two exclusive sneak peeks into our newest State of the World publication, Can a City Be Sustainable?, scheduled for official release on May 10, 2016. Join us for the launch symposium in Washington, D.C. or livestream online. Here … Continue Reading ››

Parks or People? Five Cities That Are Choosing Both

As increasing numbers of people squeeze into cities, where can urban communities grow green spaces? The world’s expanding cities are in a delicate balancing act. If they do not embrace strategic, high-density development, urban areas will increasingly encroach on surrounding farmland and natural spaces. This, in turn, creates the need for additional energy and transit … Continue Reading ››