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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 16:00
In the face of limited resources, the world needs to make drastic changes to its energy infrastructure and consumption patterns. Although industries, institutions and public administrations are beginning to adopt sustainable energy policies, at the same time information technology has become indispensable in our lives, with data interchange doubling every two years. Therefore, a solution that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 15:56
Following the official completion of the Sustainable NOW project, a brochure collecting experiences of partners in developing their local sustainable energy action plans (known as LEAPs or SEAPs) has been published. It gives readers the opportunity to learn about the benefits of such plans and use its step-by-step guide to successfully implement them. ICLEI coordinated the Sustainable NOW project... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 15:53
Green public procurement has gained an influential supporter. The Central Project Management Agency (CPMA) is the central purchasing body in Lithuania and currently manages framework contracts for over 600 public authorities. An avid promoter of environmentally friendly public procurement, the CPMA has decided to go green and train its staff in the use of lifecycle costing, CO2 and lifecycle... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 15:48
ICLEI members Montpellier (France) and Hannover (Germany) were among those taking centre-stage as winners of the European Capitals of Biodiversity competition. The victorious municipalities, chosen from over 500 municipalities from France, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Spain, received their award from European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik, at the tenth edition of ICLEI’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 15:35
<a href="" data-cke-saved-href="" ;="" font-weight:bold;="" text-decoration:underline;"="" target="_blank">Cascais</a> (Portugal) is the proud new owner of two solar-powered charging stations. The set is the first of its kind to be installed in Portugal and each unit is equipped with four electric bikes. These will be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 15:30
Glasgow City Council (Scotland) has launched a pioneering £53m flood prevention scheme. Speaking at the opening on 31 October 2011, council leader Gordon Matheson said, "The scheme is not just about great engineering, at its heart it is a regeneration project - both in terms of the environmental improvements and the significant enhancements made to allow future economic development to take place... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 15:23
ICLEI member city Budapest (Hungary) is looking to revolutionise its water strategy with a new wastewater treatment plant. The new facility will ensure that 95 percent of the city’s wastewater is returned to the River Danube following biological treatment. Furthermore, the small area occupied by the technology in question will allow the complete vicinity of the plant to remain a green belt zone.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 12:25
Many developing and emerging economies are experiencing huge shifts of people from rural to urban areas. The ability of countries to provide improved sanitation and water services to these new urban migrants is essential. Jonathan Selsick submitted an infographic for the 2011 Urban Water Design Challenge — sponsored by Circle of Blue and highlighting the relative scale of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 10:45
Whether it is rising sea levels, water supply shortages, or floods, many of the nation’s cities are likely to feel the burden of a warming climate through a devastating absence or an overwhelming surplus of water, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The report looks at the water-related threats to a dozen American cities and describes what those cities are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 10:22
Water conservation is the beneficial reduction in water loss, use or waste as well as the preservation of water quality. But just how do we go about this? A great water saving tip is adjusting your irrigation timer when the seasons change. Connie Speelman, from Water Conservation, Town of Queen Creek, one of Arizona Regional Campaign Partners, explains that with cooler weather and lower... Read more