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Six Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

From Sustainable Development Solutions Network:

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change call for deep transformations in every country that require complementary actions by governments, civil society, science, and business. While significant progress is being made on some goals, no country is currently on track towards achieving all SDGs

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%.

Community energy initiatives to alleviate fuel poverty: the material politics of Energy Cafés

Community action has an increasingly prominent role in the debates surrounding transitions to sustainability. Initiatives such as community energy projects, community gardens, local food networks and car sharing clubs provide new spaces for sustainable consumption, and combinations of technological and social innovations. These initiatives, which are often driven by social good rather than by pure monetary motives, have been conceptualised as grassroots innovations.

Solutions Gateway Sourcebook: Low Carbon Solutions for Urban Development Challenges

The Solutions Gateway is an online knowledge sharing platform for local governments addressing low emission development. It o΍ers political decision-makers the big picture on relevant Ȋhotȋ topics, it provides detailed guidance and practice-oriented resources to technical sta΍, and it is also a platform to showcase local best practice by leading cities and towns. This sourcebook provides a summarized overview of the type of guidance provided in the Solutions Gateway, making it also accessible to oɞine users.

Routledge Sustainability Hub

Routledge Sustainability evolved from and incorporates the former Earthscan imprint and is a leading global publisher in Environment and Sustainability studies.  

An innovative knowledge centre for the global sustainability community, this Hub offers a wide range of resources about many facets of sustainability.  It includes resources by topic, sample chapters from textbooks, and a sustainability community section.

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. 

Vancouver city council unanimously votes to adopt 100% renewable energy

On Wednesday, March 26, Vancouver made history by unanimously voting in favour of moving the city to 100% renewable energy. In doing so, Vancouver becomes the first Canadian city to adopt an explicit 100% renewable energy goal and joins a group a dozen notable world cities, including San Francisco, Sydney, Stockholm, San Diego, and Munich.

 

Halifax Solar City Program

Homeowners in Canada's Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), Nova Scotia, can take advantage of municipal financing through the Solar City program to install solar-powered water heating systems, lower their energy bills, and reduce water consumption. The municipality arranged over 300 system installations in the program's first 14 months — more than the rest of Canada that year — and aims to finance 700 systems within the first two years.

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