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Tomorrow’s City Today: Prospects for Standardising Sustainable Urban Development

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A new report, published by the University of Westminster, explores an apparent process of the ‘standardisation’ of urban sustainability, taking place through the implementation of different types of certification schemes and frameworks of indicators around the world.

Professor Simon Joss, Principal Investigator and project coordinator from the University of Westminster, said: 

Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

On September 25 world leaders from 193 nations will gather at the UN to adopt a new global development agenda for the next 15 years.  Their purpose is to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) build on the success of the 2000-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which helped to galvanize development efforts and guide global and national development priorities.  Unlike the MDGs, the SDGs will apply to the entire world, both rich and poor.  

Plan Vivo

What is Plan Vivo?

Plan Vivo is a registered Scottish charity which has created a set of requirements for smallholders and communities wishing to manage their land more sustainably. Plan Vivo has developed the Plan Vivo Standard, which is a framework for Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes for rural smallholders and communities dependent on natural resources for livelihoods.  

Going Viral: How Your Project Can Engage Thousands Online

What do the best public engagement projects have in common? Not all projects attract huge numbers of participants online, but it turns out that the ones that do all share some common characteristics. After reviewing hundreds of municipal, MPO, DOT and TPO projects, we have compiled a set of best practices as a guide for your next project.

The Aquaponics Solution

"Our current industrial food system is unsustainable. Demand for food continues to grow while soil erosion, groundwater depletion and climate change are constricting supply. In addition, intensive use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, water, fossil fuels, and genetic engineering are eroding human, community, and environmental health. The rise of local, sustainable food systems present solutions to many of these problems, but these approaches are unable to consistently provide quality food on an annual basis.

Sustainable Cities: Governing for Urban Innovation

Interest in the sustainable city is growing around the world and with it come important questions about governing sustainable urban development. Why are there blockages to achieving the goal of a sustainable city? How is it possible to overcome the practical difficulties that initiatives often face? And how can an increasingly technocratic focus be rebalanced with more of a public perspective? In this wide-ranging text, Pando colleague Simon Joss examines mainstream policy and practice and looks at the approaches that can overcome some of their drawbacks. 

Inspiring climate action: what works, what doesn’t

The question of what works – and what doesn’t – for motivating people to take action on climate change is tackled head-on in a new PICS report produced by UBC’s Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP). The Special Report: A Synthesis of PICS-Funded Social Mobilization Research was formerly launched on May 15 at the Renewable Cities Forum in Vancouver, attracting media attention including Global TV BC news, and the Globe and Mail. 

CPCS Initiative Summary paper: “Recalibrating Our ‘Moral Compasses’: to resolve unprecedented challenges and discover our collective spiritual destiny” (82 pages; June, 2015)

The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative provides research for critical challenge alerts, and support for collaborative problem solving and community education initiatives which seek to maximize citizen participation, and accelerate solution-oriented activity.
The CPCS Initiative is now making accessible an 82 page paper which summarizes work by its predecessor [The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative (from 2001-2013)]—and work by The CPCS Initiative since its inception in 2013.

Routledge Sustainability Blog

View the latest Routledge Sustainability blog posts or browse an archive of previous entries. Each entry will also be posted within Facebook and open to comments so please feel free to join in with the conversation here.

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