Sustainable Cities

Sustainable Cities

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) is a collaboration of international cities committed to achieving aggressive long-term carbon reduction goals. Cities striving for carbon neutrality recognize that averting the worst impacts of climate change will require cutting GHG emissions by at least 80% by 2050. Because urban areas account for nearly three-quarters of humanity’s emissions, reaching this goal will depend in large part on our ability to reimagine and reinvent cities in ways that promote economic prosperity, social equity, enhanced quality of life, and climate resilience…. Read More »

The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) functions as a peer to peer professional network, connecting government groups seeking realistic and achievable solutions with economic and environmental challenges cities face…. Read More »

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Summit thought partners and Innovation Network for Communities founders Pete Plastrik and John Cleveland are summarizing their ten years of work within the sustainability space in their new book Life After Carbon: The Next Global Transformation of Cities.  The book’s accompanying website was created  in order to highlight some of the ideas, innovations, points of… Read More »

Amsterdam Rainproof toolkit

Created by Amsterdam Rainproof, a project of the City of Amsterdam, this translated toolkit (originally in Dutch) provides 56 different tools to engage the community on water management and ways to effectively live with water.

Essential Capacities for Urban Climate Adaptation, produced by the Innovation Network for Communities (INC) with support from the Summit Foundation, is based on an extensive review of climate adaptation literature, city adaptation plans, and in-depth consultation with practitioners. The report identifies seven essential capacities that leading cities have begun to develop to effectively implement climate… Read More »

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA), an international collaboration of cities committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, has produced a Planning Framework is a roadmap for innovation and… Read More »

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In Connecting to Change the World, co-authors John Cleveland, Madeleine Taylor and Peter Plastrik offer practical guidance for social entrepreneurs, community-minded leaders, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropists on how to build and manage social-impact networks… Read More »

NACTO’s Transit Street Design Guide provides detailed recommendations and illustrated examples for integrating bus, streetcar, and light rail transit with biking and pedestrian features into the fabric of complete urban streets. Intended for transportation practitioners… Read More »

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In this revolutionary book (Cities for People), Jan Gehl presents his latest work creating (or recreating) cityscapes on a human scale. He clearly explains the methods and tools he uses to reconfigure unworkable cityscapes into the landscapes he believes they should be: cities for people… Read More »

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Biophilic Cities by Tim Beatley argues that human beings have an innate need to connect with the natural world (the biophilia hypothesis). And any vision of a sustainable urban future must place its focus squarely on nature, on the presence, conservation, and celebration… Read More »