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C40 Knowledge Hub

The C40 Knowledge Hub is a treasure-trove of resources from leading climate cities.  Topics include a wide range of sustainable communities/cities subject areas, and resources include case studies, research reports, implementation guides, policy briefs, videos, tools and more.  Free to use, with a login option for keeping track of your finds.  

Building Civic Capital

"Civic capital refers to our cities’ shared assets — or resources —from which we collectively stand to derive most of our benefits, regardless of ownership.

2019 U.S. Cities Sustainable Development Report

New York, 8 July 2019 – Today, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s United States Network (SDSN USA) launched the 2019 US Cities Sustainable Development ReportSDSN’s third city-level report ranking 105 US cities on progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 (SDGs). The results show that there will be significant work to do across the board if the SDGs are to be achieved by 2030, as cities on average scored only 48.9%.

Cities can be Climate Champions

This short article from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is based on an interview with David Miller, former mayor of Toronto and now director of international diplomacy for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.  Here's an excerpt:

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Research by C40, a network of 94 global cities committed to addressing climate change, shows about 70 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions come from urban areas. 

It's predominantly from four sources: 

The science we need for the cities we want: working together to implement the global research agenda on cities and climate change – Joint Statement

Endorsed in Edmonton, Canada on March 7 by:


C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
Cities Alliance
Future Earth
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
SDSN – Sustainable Development Solutions Network
UCLG – United Cities and Local Governments
UCCRN – Urban Climate Change Research Network
UN-Environment – United Nations Environment Programme
UN-Habitat – United Nations Human Settlements Programme
WCRP – World Climate Research Programme

 

Click link to see the statement.

Open Source Sustainability

"When a company, community or citizen wants to act to cut their footprint, reduce their carbon emissions or enhance their responsibility, they ask, “What can I do?” Until now, the sustainability community has answered, “Hire me.”

Sustainability is too important to leave to consultants making money by protecting proprietary information. The knowledge and tools needed to implement genuine sustainability should be available to everyone.

Urbact

For about 15 years, the URBACT programme has been the European Territorial Cooperation programme aiming to foster sustainable integrated urban development in cities across Europe. It is an instrument of the Cohesion Policy, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the 28 Member States, Norway & Switzerland.

America’s First Sustainable Urban Agrihood Debuts in Detroit

For Immediate Release: 1:30 p.m. EST, Wednesday, November 30, 2016

America’s First Sustainable Urban Agrihood Debuts in Detroit

The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative to open new community center and café

DETROIT – The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) is debuting America’s first sustainable urban agrihood, an alternative neighborhood growth model in Detroit’s lower North End that positions agriculture as the centerpiece of a mixed-use urban development.

The Paris Climate Package: a guide for local and subnational governments

As the focal point of local authorities and municipalities in the United Nations climate process, ICLEI has advocated that they be recognized, engaged and empowered since 2007. To understand how this was successful and how local and subnational governments can support implementation of the COP21 outcomes, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Urban-LEDS project have released a guide to the Paris Climate Package.

UN Academic Impact

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in furthering the realization of the purposes and mandate of the Organization through activities and research in a shared culture of intellectual social responsibility.

Membership in the United Nations Academic Impact is open to all institutions of higher education granting degrees or their equivalent, as well as bodies whose substantive responsibilities relate to the conduct of research.

How fragile are our cities? New study published by the World Economic Forum

The world is urbanizing at a breakneck pace. But not all regions are moving at the same speed. Most population growth today and tomorrow will occur in the sprawling cities and slums of Africa and Asia. Just three countries — China, India and Nigeria — will account for 40% of global growth over the next decade. Meanwhile, many cities in North America and Western Europe are actually shrinking.

A circular economy model of economic growth

Highlights
• A closed circular economy model is presented.
• Environmental quality cannot be maintained or improved via economic growth.
• The improvement in environmental quality can be achieved by an increase in the recycling ratio.

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