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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 09:45
Rapid population growth and urbanisation of African cities will see nearly 350 million new city-dwellers by 2030, and a billion more by 20631. In response to meeting the expected demand of the future populous – and the standards for sustainable urbanisation set out in the United Nations’ New Urban Agenda, Habitat III – The African Union (AU) developed Agenda 2063. But, how will we get from the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 09:19
Our relationship with waste and junk is peculiar. Instead of wiping it out of sight, our imagination revels in the many possibilities it offers. Countless Hollywood films present the junkyard as a site where many plot developments take place, from wheeling and dealing to epiphanies. Pop culture’s most recent phenomenon, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, imagines the future to be a scrap-yard... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 11, 2018 - 16:24
Waste management is a collective responsibility, which falls under the purview of everyone concerned. It isn’t a responsibility of only a few. This is especially true when we see a humongous amount of waste generated on a daily basis in the living spaces that one dwells in. In this context, reports suggest that the real estate sector is one of the largest contributors to waste generation. It’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 11, 2018 - 16:12
The Just Energy Foundation was excited to unveil recently its first Sustainable Garden and Outdoor Learning space in Canada.  In partnership with PACT Urban Peace Program's Grow-to-Learn (GTL) initiative, volunteers from Just Energy worked alongside PACT representatives to convert an existing green space at Elmbank Junior Middle Academy, in Toronto, into a fully accessible half acre garden... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 11, 2018 - 15:51
The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) has rolled out a comprehensive ‘Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management’ (EEDSM) project, aimed at ensuring energy efficiency and sustainable power consumption in the country. Key deliverables under the project will include replacing an estimated 18,000 streetlights within Accra West and Accra East areas with LED ones, and an energy efficiency... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 11, 2018 - 15:29
Scientists are calling on African governments to prioritise efforts to deal with climate change as they warn it is spreading fast diseases and poverty on the continent. They are cautioning the situation will get worse in the years ahead as temperature of the earth continues to rise unabated as a result of pollution of the atmosphere, deforestation, rapid urbanization and other human activities It... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 11, 2018 - 15:18
How can businesses use their influence to build sustainable industries? Mining urban waste streams for valuable resources is one way to start, said sustainability leaders at this year’s Eco Action Day.  Singapore may be a resource-constrained economy, but there are rich resources in the waste we throw away, said Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, at this... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 16:01
Our recommendations for the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework What is the point of urban planning? To answer this question we need to look at why people cluster in the small parts of the country in which land is scarce and expensive. Cities make up 54 per cent of the population and 60 per cent of jobs, but only 8 per cent of the UK’s land. As a result, the decisions we make about... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 15:50
There are many indexes that aim to rank how green cities are. But what does it actually mean for a city to be green or sustainable? We’ve written about what we call the “parks, cafes and a riverwalk” model of sustainability, which focuses on providing new green spaces, mainly for high-income people. This vision of shiny residential towers and waterfront parks has become a widely-shared conception... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 15:27
Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Projections show that urbanization, the gradual shift in residence of the human population from rural to urban areas, combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050, with close to 90% of this increase taking... Read more