Sustainable urbanization will be fundamental in China’s ambitions to develop a more consumer-led, innovative economy. By following the roadmaps of Hammarby (Stockholm) and the Pearl District (Portland), China can make great progress in the greening of its cities in the coming years.
The notion of sustainable cities usually conjures environmental themes, but sustainable urban design’s greatest impact could be on economic performance. By creating improved quality of life conditions for residents, sustainable cities simultaneously lay the foundation for wide-ranging economic benefits.
The actions of some countries toward meeting COP21 agreements will inevitably weigh more heavily than others. India’s emissions are expected to more than double in the next 25 years, so it can’t be left out of the conversation. But because India is still heavily developing, it may be better positioned than others to drastically reduce emissions while dramatically improving its citizens’ quality of life.
In the lead up to last month’s historic Paris climate summit, China announced that it would “embark on a new pattern of urbanization.” With cities consuming three-quarters of the China’s energy, the fate of this initiative carries global significance. What will China’s “new pattern of urbanization” look like?
What will the new pattern of urbanization look like for China? The Green & Smart Urban Development Guidelines capture some of the most important lessons learned from global experience on how to build a great city, tailored to China’s unique environmental, economic, and social conditions.
Gas prices have fallen by half, dropping an average of more than $2 a gallon since their most recent peak in 2011. As the global markets process the uncertainty ahead, Politico Magazine asked a panel of leading experts on energy, economics and geopolitics to tell us: As we cheer for cheap gas, what aftershocks should we be bracing for?
China’s urban population is projected to reach 1 billion by 2030, with 75 percent of the population living in cities by 2050. In this rush to urbanize, China has an enormous opportunity to move toward a “new pattern of urbanization.”
As we move into 2016 with an international climate agreement and policymakers thinking about how to meet national commitments, it’s time to review the current status of U.S. power sector emissions and preview the energy trends shaping the next decade.
California’s economy is hot, but its traffic congestion is not. Since the end of the recession, the number of jobs statewide has increased 15 percent. However, California also suffers from the worst traffic in the nation. Moving California Forward offers an essential solution: Apply smart growth principles to build up walkable and transit-oriented neighborhoods.
Considering the magnitude of the climate change issue, commitments at the national scale are necessary if the world is to feel any sort of emissions reduction impact. That said, an efficient and effective way to meet these commitments comes from the cities within a nation.