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5 Cities around the world leading the charge on climate action

As a result of findings in its Climate Reality Project, EcoWatch has identified five cities around the world that are leaders in climate action programs: Copenhagen, San Francisco, Vancouver, Stockholm and Singapore. These are just five examples of cities that … Continue reading

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Innovating urban energy: making cities smarter

Power Engineering International recently published the following article, which is part of a paper prepared by Alan Thomson and Stephen Cook of Arup on behalf of the World Energy Council. Arup is a member of the International District Energy Association … Continue reading

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Cities increasingly looking at “district” approaches to energy use

Greg Scruggs shares his takeaways from COP21 in Citiscope (January 13, 2016). Greg  is Citiscope’s Habitat III correspondent and is primarily responsible for covering the global debate leading to the UN’s Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, which is scheduled … Continue reading

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Funding and financing community microgrids

Microgrids are highly desirable for resilience. But the capital costs of planning and building a microgrid are substantial. Microgrid Knowledge notes that financing community microgrids may require piecing together funding from a variety of potential sources. Each project requires a … Continue reading

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United Nations summary report: District Energy in Cities: Unlocking the full potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy

Now available is an advanced summary of the forthcoming United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) publication, District Energy in Cities: Unlocking the Full Potential of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, written in collaboration with the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2), … Continue reading

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Quick question: How energy efficient are U.S. cities?

David Ribeiro, Research Analyst, reports for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) on his organization’s “State and Local Energy Efficiency Database,” a unique and growing collection of information documenting U.S. cities’ policies in pursuit of energy efficiency. This … Continue reading

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How to make a city great

In their just-published report, How to make a city great, McKinsey & Company asks and answers the question: “What makes a great city?” What makes a great city? It is a pressing question because by 2030, 5 billion people—60 percent … Continue reading

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Former Mayor David Miller: Climate change is hitting big cities. They need to take action.

Former Toronto mayor David Miller writes in The Globe and Mail that after Hurricane Hazel, which killed dozens of people in 1954, Torontonians made strong decisions through their local and provincial governments – such as banning development from flood plains … Continue reading

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