Globalization with all its positive effects however, has left the bottom billion behind. The United Nation Millennium Goal of eradicating poverty by halve; fights hunger and disease; and provision of basic amenities to the poor by 2015 requires aggressive and collaborative efforts from the world community for it to be successfully achieved. The conference showcases trends and practices in the development of sustainable architecture and urban design and set a platform for the fraternity to take up the moral challenges in addressing the bottom billion. Themed “Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design Intervention: Reaching Out to the Bottom Billion”, it invites practitioners and academicians alike to share insights into the complexities faced when working to improve the quality of process and physical place for the use of the urban and rural poor. The conference intends to highlight new ideas and fresh approaches to enhance the living standards of the bottom billion and find ways to articulate effective strategies to narrow the gap between the have and the have not.
read more: http://icsaud2012.hbp.usm.my/
‘A systems approach to integrated assessment of adaptation and mitigation in cities’
scheduled for Tuesday 28 February starting at 5pm in Room 101, Civil Engineering Bldg.
The urgent need to reconfigure urban areas to emit less pollution (including greenhouse gases), be more resilient to climate risks and more sustainable in general can be assisted by rigorous analysis of these complex systems. In this talk I shall present the Urban Integrated Assessment Framework (UIAF) that was developed as part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Cities Programme.
The UIAF provides a consistent framework for analysis of greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks in the context of multiple drivers of long term change. Subsequently, the UIAF can be used to test the effectiveness of a wide range of mitigation and adaption policies, including land use planning, modifications to the transport systems, changing energy technologies and measures to reduce climate risks under different scenarios.
A case study in London (UK) shows that risks from heatwaves, droughts and floods could more than double and CO2 emissions could rise 28% without adaptation and mitigation over the 21st century. Notably, socio- economic drivers are responsible for a greater proportion, compared to climate change, of increased weather risks. There are also trade-offs in climate risks and energy demand from adaptation policies. The work highlights the need for portfolios of adaptation and mitigation options, providing the evidence to motivate climate-sensitive development in London.
‘PROTECTING THE GLOBAL COMMONS: 20 YEARS POST RIO’
The World Sustainable Development Forum (WSDF), established by TERI in 2005, identifies, analyzes and disseminates policy interventions to enhance human well-being and create conditions for a sustainable future. The forum is supported by distinguished patrons and advisory committee members, comprising global leaders, policy makers, industry and academia. As part of its outreach activities, the forum conducts Regional Sustainable Development Summit (RSDS) and DSDS to spread key messages on issues of sustainable development in varied contexts. The forum conducted the first regional summit under the WSDF-RSDS series in Shirakawa, Japan in 2006, followed by the second RSDS in 2007 in Tunisia. In 2009, two regional summits were held in Greece and the Philippines on ‘Climate Change and Challenges for Future Generations’ and a ‘High-level Dialogue on Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific: A Development Challenge’, respectively. Under the WSDF-DSDS series, DSDS is being hosted annually since 2001.
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Despite being an abundant untapped resource for distributed renewable energy production, rooftops sometimes aren’t the best place to install photovoltaic (PV) panels. Heat has a negative impact on voltage, which affects power production on extremely hot days. But, by integrating a rooftop PV system with a green building technique designed to keep roofs cool and manage stormwater, Maryland-based Green Roof Technology may have found a solution to this problem.
read more: http://worldgreen.org/components/com_feedpost/feedpost.php?url=http://www.treehugger.com/solar-technology/plants-green-roofs-help-solar-panels-keep-cool.html&site=World%20Green%C2%AE%20-%20Sustainability%20Social%20Network
Picture: Jörg Breuning, Green Roof Technology
The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability creates a place for the publication of papers presenting innovative theories and practices of sustainability. The journal is cross-disciplinary in its scope, a meeting point for natural and social scientists, researchers and practitioners, professionals and community representatives.
The 2013 Conference is to be held in Hiroshima, Japan, from 23 to 25 January. The Conference will work in a multidisciplinary way across the various fields and perspectives through which we can address the fundamental and related questions of sustainability.
read more: http://onsustainability.com/conference-2013/
Photograph by The San Francisco Municipal TransportationAgency (SFMTA)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 24, 2012) – San Francisco, USA, and Medellin, Colombia, were selected as the 8th annual Sustainable Transport Award winners today during the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. The slate of nominees included Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cape Town, South Africa; Medellin, Colombia; and San Francisco, USA. The winners were selected based on four characteristics: increasing mobility for residents, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from transportation, improving safety, and increasing access for cyclists and pedestrians. Additionally, each city is a leader in using social media and online technologies to reach out to local residents, providing more informative and convenient services.
read more : http://thecityfix.com/blog/san-francisco-and-medellin-win-2012-sustainable-transport-award/
Medellin, Colombia was honored for its pioneering use of cable cars as a transit alternative in its low-income hilly settlements. San Francisco shared the sustainable transport award for its innovations in parking.
Photograph by Kike Calvo, National Geographic