Helsinki’s housing industry has launched a project to try to make residential buildings as energy-efficient as possible

It is encouraging to see the importance the city of Helsinki is giving to promote energy efficient construction. Anton Stoyanov discusses a pilot project in an article on The Mayor website.   Helsinki on the lookout for the builders of the city’s most energy-efficient building Helsinki’s housing industry has launched a project to try to … Continue reading Helsinki’s housing industry has launched a project to try to make residential buildings as energy-efficient as possible

Cape Town sets an example to African cities to develop a climate strategy

Alanna Rebelo, Karen Joan Esler, Michael Samways and Patricia Holmes of Stellenbosch University together with Tony Rebelo from the South African National Biodiversity Institute explain in an article on The Conversation website how Cape Town is addressing climate change.   Cape Town's climate strategy isn't perfect, but every African city should have one It may … Continue reading Cape Town sets an example to African cities to develop a climate strategy

Sustainable growth is priority for city of Helsinki

Dorn Townsend writes on the New York Times website about developments in Helsinki, Finland. As we give more and more attention to policies and actions at the local level, it is encouraging to see such efforts as are underway in Helsinki. What is the situation where you are?   Helsinki Makes Sustainability a Guiding Principle … Continue reading Sustainable growth is priority for city of Helsinki

Two new EEA reports on the need for action to improve adaptation nationally and locally

Despite the increasing awareness of climate change impacts and the need to adapt, many of Europe’s cities and towns are struggling to handle the impacts of heatwaves, severe droughts and destructive floods. Two European Environment Agency (EEA) reports published today stress the urgent need for action to improve adaptation and resilience at local and national … Continue reading Two new EEA reports on the need for action to improve adaptation nationally and locally

Trees have a fundamental place in cities – amongst other benefits they are powerhouses when it comes to regulating city microclimates

As city populations soar, it might seem like there isn't much room for trees. But ecologists say these climatic powerhouses are an often overlooked solution to the health and environmental issues greater density brings. Charli Shield discusses in an article on the Deutsche Welle website why trees are more important than ever.   Trees help … Continue reading Trees have a fundamental place in cities – amongst other benefits they are powerhouses when it comes to regulating city microclimates

Our cities need deep energy retrofits

Sandy Tung, Programme Manager for Sharing Cities writes on the Cities Today website about the importance of deep energy retrofits.   Deep energy retrofits: Enhancing energy efficiency in the built environment Cities play a crucial role in shaping the climate agenda, accounting for about 65 percent of global energy demand and 70 percent of energy-related … Continue reading Our cities need deep energy retrofits

Arguing for “intelligent rehabilitation” of existing buildings

Our homes and old towns will be uninhabitable by 2050, warn the architects Sébastien Clément and Emmanuel Mille, and the philosopher Thierry Paquot, who argue for an "intelligent rehabilitation" of existing buildings in an article on Le Monde website.   For a heritage policy consistent with the climate emergency June 2020 was the warmest month … Continue reading Arguing for “intelligent rehabilitation” of existing buildings

Blog from Silvia Zinetti: How Community Choice Aggregation empowers communities to increase sustainable energy: Key findings from the feasibility study in Arlington County, Virginia

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) has been discussed in previous EiD posts. This innovative business model is gaining popularity in several states in the U.S. as a tool to support cities to increase sustainable energy and achieve their climate goals. In particular, cities in California have been able to fully embrace the opportunity and many have … Continue reading Blog from Silvia Zinetti: How Community Choice Aggregation empowers communities to increase sustainable energy: Key findings from the feasibility study in Arlington County, Virginia

UK government’s plans for sustainable “garden communities” likely to create 200,000 car-dependent families

A study into 20 proposed developments suggests transport links and local amenities are poor with communities requiring expanded road systems. This hardly seems sustainable. Tom Bawden explains in an article on the inews website.   Garden community projects could create 200,000 car-dependent families, study suggests A flagship project to build more than 50 green housing … Continue reading UK government’s plans for sustainable “garden communities” likely to create 200,000 car-dependent families

Houston the latest American city to pledge to go fully renewable

Houston pledges to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable solar power and, importantly, estimates the change will save more than $65 million over seven years. Michael Thomsen describes the latest developments in an article on the Daily Mail website.   Houston pledges to get its energy from 100 percent renewable sources The mayor … Continue reading Houston the latest American city to pledge to go fully renewable