22/10/2019 - Register for City Lab #3 Integrated Approaches

22/10/2019 - Shared Urban Sustainable Mobility workshop

22/10/2019 - How to end the shared mobility ‘tug of war

22/10/2019 - Green roofs improve the urban environment – so why don’t all buildings have them?

21/10/2019 - Cities leading the urban mobility transition

21/10/2019 - 5th South Asian Cities Summit

21/10/2019 - Inside Copenhagen’s race to be the first carbon-neutral city

21/10/2019 - Low-Carbon Cities Are a $24 Trillion Opportunity

16/10/2019 - Public transport leaders meet in Barcelona to offset climate change

16/10/2019 - How to Craft Bike-Friendly Cities

16/10/2019 - Smart city and wise city

16/10/2019 - Tackling urban freight through collaborative action

15/10/2019 - EcoMobility Days 2019 is just days away

15/10/2019 - International Conference City Street 4 (CS4)

15/10/2019 - Why the Bus Got So Bad, and How to Save It

15/10/2019 - Carbon Emissions Are Already Falling in 30 Cities

14/10/2019 - Child Friendly Cities Summit

14/10/2019 - Climate Chance Summit 2019

14/10/2019 - What Desert Cities Can Teach Us About Water

14/10/2019 - The Real Reason Why Mobility is Not Women-Friendly

3/10/2019 - Register for the workshop "SuSMo–Shared Urban Sustainable Mobility"

3/10/2019 - 2nd International Conference on Mobility as a Service

3/10/2019 - Our Cleanest Cities and their Zero Carbon Progress

3/10/2019 - The World’s Largest Refugee Camp Is Becoming a Real City

2/10/2019 - Cities sign "The New Paradigm for Safe City Streets" declaration

2/10/2019 - 5 takeaways for cities from the UN Climate Action Summit

2/10/2019 - How Innovative Cities Benefit from Mobility IoT Data

2/10/2019 - The Green City Tool

1/10/2019 - Moving towards the UCLG World Congress

1/10/2019 - World Habitat Day

1/10/2019 - Cities urged to study footpaths

1/10/2019 - Urban Innovative Action 5th call for proposals just launched

 

 

 

Register for City Lab #3 Integrated Approaches

City Lab #3, focused on the principle of Integration, will take place in Warsaw alongside and following the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum. This City Lab will link to the policy themes of the Forum, looking at the principles of integration in urban development, specifically how cities tackle the challenges of economic integration, social integration and gender inclusiveness.

https://urbact.eu/city-lab-3-integrated-approaches

Shared Urban Sustainable Mobility workshop

The EIT Climate-KIC project on Sustainable Shared Mobility will kick off in Brussels in 2019 its first workshop out of a series of four events targeting local governements, and other public and private stakeholders working in shared mobility and micromobility.

The SuSMo project will be holding their first Sustainable Shared Mobility Systems Innovation workshop alongside the Polis Conference on the 28th and 29th November in Brussels.

https://www.polisnetwork.eu/event/susmo-shared-urban-sustainable-mobility-joint-polis-eit-climate-kic-workshop/

How to end the shared mobility ‘tug of war

As cities grapple with the influx of shared and micromobility providers, it’s increasingly clear that the public and private sectors are not speaking the same language on these matters. To ensure equitable access to mobility options, protect public safety, optimise existing infrastructure and connect to public transport and mobility hubs, the only way forward is to take a collaborative approach.

https://www.smartcitiesworld.net/opinions/opinions/cities-first-how-to-end-the-shared-mobility-tug-of-war-

Green roofs improve the urban environment – so why don’t all buildings have them?

Rooftops covered with grass, vegetable gardens and lush foliage are now a common sight in many cities around the world. More and more private companies and city authorities are investing in green roofs, drawn to their wide-ranging benefits which include savings on energy costs, mitigating the risk from floods, creating habitats for urban wildlife, tackling air pollution and urban heat and even producing food.

https://theconversation.com/green-roofs-improve-the-urban-environment-so-why-dont-all-buildings-have-them-123420

Cities leading the urban mobility transition

The new EU-funded project SPROUT kicked off on the 18th and 19th of September 2019 with its first project meeting in Zaragoza.

The rapidly changing urban mobility environment – characterized by emerging business models, new technologies, and disruptive innovations – represents a considerable challenge for urban mobility policy making. Previously tested urban mobility policy responses are not adequate to address the transition underway and to address today´s societal challenges and issues related to citizens’ everyday lives and businesses’ requirements.

https://www.polisnetwork.eu/news/the-sprout-project-cities-leading-the-urban-mobility-transition-through-the-development-of-innovative-policy-responses/

5th South Asian Cities Summit

With the objective of building better urban future, All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG) is forum where city mayors along with senior officials from municipal corporations from around the world can share their knowledge and learn from the experiences of each other, contribute their bit in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and join hands together to build a better urban future for coming generations.

Realizing this potential with a holistic view in providing sustainable & livable solutions for cities, All India Institute of Local Self-Government, and United Cities and Local Governments-Asia Pacific (UCLG-ASPAC) along with other National & International organizations are organizing the 5th South Asian Cities Summit in March 2020 in Goa, India.

https://www.metropolis.org/agenda/5th-south-asian-cities-summit

Inside Copenhagen’s race to be the first carbon-neutral city

Green growth and ‘hedonistic sustainability’ have helped keep the public on board as the Danish capital seeks to reach its goal by 2025 – and so far it’s all going according to plan

“We call it hedonistic sustainability,” says Jacob Simonsen of the decision to put an artificial ski slope on the roof of the £485m Amager Resource Centre (Arc), Copenhagen’s cutting-edge new waste-to-energy power plant. “It’s not just good for the environment, it’s good for life.”

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/oct/11/inside-copenhagens-race-to-be-the-first-carbon-neutral-city

Low-Carbon Cities Are a $24 Trillion Opportunity

The world is facing a climate emergency, forcing us all to rethink the best way to spend resources, create jobs and improve quality of life for all.

In these critical times, cities offer one of the biggest opportunities. With most of the world’s population, economic activity and carbon emissions concentrated in cities, it is becoming ever-more-clear that the fate of cities is the fate of the planet. Science tells us that the world must reach net-zero emissions by 2050 to keep global warming below 1.5°C. A new report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions, Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity, finds that low-carbon cities can reduce emissions while offering tremendous economic opportunities.

https://thecityfix.com/blog/low-carbon-cities-24-trillion-opportunity-leah-lazer-catlyne-haddaoui/

Public transport leaders meet in Barcelona to offset climate change

From 5 to 6 September, UITP has brought together 40 executives from public transport organizations and networks to discuss key issues in the fight against climate change.

UITP (International Public Transport Association) has held the Public Transport Leaders Forum from 5-6 September in Barcelona. This forum - hosted by the FGC (Catalan, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) - welcomed more than forty public transport managers from over 23 countries to discuss key issues characterizing the fight against climate change.

https://www.uclg.org/en/media/news/public-transport-leaders-meet-barcelona-offset-climate-change

How to Craft Bike-Friendly Cities

As Next City reported, Minneapolis, Minnesota, consistently ranks in the top 10 for best biking cities nationwide, but the state isn’t content to stop there — a statewide effort is making communities across the North Star State more bikeable.

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, otherwise known as BikeMN, teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Department of Health since 2012 to offer Bikeable Community Workshops across the state since 2012. With a focus on the public health benefits of biking, the goal is working through policy systems and changing local environments to make long-term impacts in communities around the state.

https://nextcity.org/events/detail/how-to-craft-bike-friendly-cities

Smart city and wise city

The term smart cities mainly refers to the field of technology. Some fear that the intelligent cities of the future will be massively robotic, with algorithms dominating people. Hence the need for more citizen engagement in designing the digital revolution of their urban spaces

https://www.matchup-project.eu/news/smart-city-and-wise-city/

Tackling urban freight through collaborative action

Freight transport is at the core of today’s global economy; in emerging regions such as Asia, the logistics industry accounts for 15 to 25 percent of GDP. However, urban freight also causes adverse impacts to cities, including traffic congestion, poor air quality, noise pollution and intensity of road accidents. Emissions from road freight transport alone are expected to nearly double by 2050.

https://talkofthecities.iclei.org/tackling-urban-freight-through-collaborative-action/

EcoMobility Days 2019 is just days away

The ICLEI EcoMobility Days 2019 is just days away, taking place in Paris, France from 17 to 18 October. Don't miss out!

ICLEI is teaming up with AUTONOMY for its 2019 edition of EcoMobility Days. Take a look at what's planned for this leading urban mobility event: a robust congress program designed to inspire participants on the latest transport technologies and trends in the space; 7 thematic tracks covering all dimensions of intelligent & sustainable mobility, and many networking opportunities to connect with exhibitors, partners, and collaborators.

https://www.autonomy.paris/en/program-2019/

International Conference City Street 4 (CS4)

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we would like to cordially invite you to participate in the upcoming International Conference City Street 4 (CS4) to be held at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture (UL FA), in Ljubljana, Slovenia, between 23-26 September 2020.

The Conference is organized by University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture (UL FA) , Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UI RS)  and Notre Dame University - Louaize, Ramez Chagoury Faculty of Archi¬tecture, Art and Design (NDU FAAD).

Authors are invited to submit abstracts no later than 17 December 2019.

http://www.ndu.edu.lb/city-street-4/home

Why the Bus Got So Bad, and How to Save It

If you had flicked through the cavernous layers of New York City transit Twitter last Thursday morning (and practically ever since), all you would have seen were buses.

There they are, speeding down Manhattan’s 14th Street on freshly painted red lanes devoid of private car traffic, which is now banned for most hours of the day. This was the first glimpse of a true bus-centric street in America’s largest city, a feat of traffic engineering that fended off civil lawsuits to become a reality. The busway is now over a week old and has already increased the speeds of one of the city’s pokiest routes. In hindsight, its mission statement—give buses priority, and they will move efficiently—seems so painfully obvious, that it now seems difficult to believe it took this long to pull off.

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2019/10/better-bus-system-public-transit-book-cities-federal-funding/599776/

Carbon Emissions Are Already Falling in 30 Cities

Since nations signed on to the Paris Agreement four years ago, committing to collectively lower carbon emissions to below 2 degrees Celsius, progress across the globe has been uneven and, sometimes, even discouraging.

But there is good news. Austin, Athens, Lisbon, and Venice have joined 26 other major cities in steadily reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new analysis published by a coalition of cities known as C40, ahead of its annual World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen. The latest news is an update to C40’s 2018 analysis, which identified a handful of cities across the global north that have hit their “peak” emissions before 2015, meaning they have since reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 10 percent.

https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/10/c40-peak-carbon-co2-emissions-highest-cities-climate-summit/599644/

Child Friendly Cities Summit

From 15-18 October 2019, UNICEF and the City of Cologne will host the first international Child Friendly Cities Summit in Cologne, Germany. The Summit will bring together mayors, local leaders, technical experts, children and young people from Child Friendly Cities around the world to discuss innovative approaches to advance child rights through local commitment and to identify and exchange good practices at the local level. Thirty years since its adoption, it provides a unique opportunity for mayors and local leaders to recommit to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and enhance strategies to build sustainable, child-friendly cities of tomorrow.

https://childfriendlycities.org/2019-summit/

Climate Chance Summit 2019

The Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019 will take place in Accra from October 16th until October 18th at the International Conference Center. It will be a wide gathering of 1000 non-state actors fighting climate change on the African continent, including local governments, businesses, trade unions, environmental NGO’s, farmers, women and youth organisations, researchers, etc. It will highlight the engagement of Ghana and more broadly the African actors in fighting climate change.

https://www.climate-chance.org/en/climate-chance-africa-summit-2019/

What Desert Cities Can Teach Us About Water

Record breaking heat is a common phenomenon in desert cities like Phoenix and Tucson. During the summer, temperatures often skyrocket to 110 degrees or more, and with climate change, the research models predict an average increase of 4 to 10 degrees in the Southwest region. A rise in temperatures coupled with population growth—Phoenix, the 5th largest city in the United States, is home to approximately 1.6 million people and while Tucson has over 535,000—calls into question the long-term sustainability of desert cities.

https://daily.jstor.org/what-desert-cities-can-teach-us-about-water/

The Real Reason Why Mobility is Not Women-Friendly

In an August long read from the UMDaily, Dr. Nicole Kalms, Director of XYX Lab and Ross Douglas, Founder & CEO of Autonomy stated the facts: women and girls face endemic levels of harassment on and around public transport, every day and everywhere. Women modify their travel patterns to avoid danger with consequences for their participation in work, education and public life.  Further, women are still the primary group charged with the mobility of care (travel necessitated by caring for children or the elderly). With the projected growth of ‘Mobility as a Service’ and the banishing of single-use cars in cities, the situation for women and girls stands to get worse, globally. Yet, Nicole and Ross conclude, innovators and policy makers seem to believe that men and women have the same mobility realities. Even with growing awareness of the research, very little action has been taken to improve things.

https://urbanmobilitydaily.com/the-real-reason-why-mobility-is-not-women-friendly/

Register for the workshop "SuSMo–Shared Urban Sustainable Mobility"

To mitigate the impact of the transport sector on climate change, it is urgent to reduce emissions from urban mobility, but the shift to a sustainable multi-modal future requires a system change in how individuals travel and how transport professionals think about transport.

Cities have ambitious plans for carbon neutrality, but we stand at a crossroads, unsure of the way forward towards these goals.

New services are introduced in cities, but what role the city authority in supporting or regulating shared mobility? What role for a private operator? What are the responsibilities of public transport organisations, and how can we work together? And how do we ensure that our actions support decarbonisation goals?

The EIT Climate-KIC ecosystems project SuSMo (Sustainable Shared Mobility) will focus on building a European ecosystem for shared sustainable mobility, by which we mean shared bicycles / cargo bicycles / scooters / e-mopeds (electric powered or not) and shared electric cars / vans and charging infrastructure.

https://www.polisnetwork.eu/news/register-for-the-joint-polis-eit-climate-kic-workshop-susmo-shared-urban-sustainable-mobility-on-28-29-november-2019-in-brussels/

2nd International Conference on Mobility as a Service

“Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is the integration of various forms of transport services into a single mobility service accessible on demand.” This is the definition of MaaS as provided by the MaaS Alliance. The 1st International Conference on Mobility as a Service (ICoMaaS) was held between 28–29 November 2017 in Tampere, Finland. The conference aimed to summarise the state-of-the-art of MaaS research, and to provide insights as to the preconditions, success factors, and the effects of MaaS. Some of the papers presented in the conference resulted in a Themed Volume of Research in Transportation Business and Management journal.

The second International Conference on Mobility as a Service (ICoMaaS) aims to further increase our knowledge on the preconditions of MaaS, experiences from trials and commercial services, and the effects of MaaS, in particular on climate change, travel behaviour and transport poverty.

http://www.tut.fi/verne/icomaas/

Our Cleanest Cities and their Zero Carbon Progress

Our cleanest cities provide powerful lessons in how to transition to clean energy, while growing a city economy, and providing better services to citizens. All of these cities improved their renewable energy generation, energy-efficient buildings, government, equitable communities, and transportation. The success of these cities, and the ranking of all major U.S. cities is detailed by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

https://meetingoftheminds.org/our-cleanest-cities-and-their-zero-carbon-progress-31972

The World’s Largest Refugee Camp Is Becoming a Real City

From the top of a viewing tower in Cox’s Bazar District in southern Bangladesh, bamboo and blue-green tarpaulin constructions sprawl in every direction, as far as the eye can see.

The Kutupalong camp is home to more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees, crowded into a temporary city spread across five square miles. They live in fragile, improvised shelters, with nothing but the possessions they fled Myanmar with. Another 300,000 Rohingya refugees live in comparable squalor in satellite settlements and camps to the south, on a peninsula adjoining the Naf River that divides Bangladesh and Myanmar. A warren of passageways dissects the vast Kutupalong camp, revealing its unplanned nature; the settlement sprang up organically around the refugees as they fled to Bangladesh in late 2017.

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2019/09/rohingya-refugees-kutupalong-camp-design-myanmar-bangladesh/597076/

Cities sign "The New Paradigm for Safe City Streets" declaration

As this year’s European Mobility Week starts, the European Commission and the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety co-organised a Road Safety Roundtable in Brussels this morning on 16 September. During this event, two commitments were handed over: One from the European Commission and the EU Member States, namely the target of halving the number of fatalities and serious injuries on European roads between 2020 and 2030, and one from European cities, entitled “The New Paradigm for Safe City Streets”.

https://www.polisnetwork.eu/news/city-declaration-the-new-paradigm-for-safe-city-streets-launched-today/

5 takeaways for cities from the UN Climate Action Summit

For this year’s Climate Action Summit in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on leaders to bring concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, plans that would bring nations in line to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade and to net zero emissions by 2050.

With the Summit now concluded, official outcomes have been released by the UN, and grouped by the nine tracks. The commitment by national governments was mostly led by smaller and island nations that are already disproportionately facing the threats of climate change, while the major world economies mostly disappointed with their lack of enthusiasm in scaling up action.

https://talkofthecities.iclei.org/top-5-takeaways-for-cities-and-regions-from-the-un-climate-action-summit/

How Innovative Cities Benefit from Mobility IoT Data

We are entering a new transportation age, one in which new modes; from scooters to ride hailing apps to autonomous vehicles, are disrupting transportation traditions. the Internet of Things (IoT) is gradually connecting everyone to everything, and new data sets are emerging too fast to be properly analyzed or effectively integrated with other data.

To understand how this transition is unfolding — and how it affects mobility issues like congestion, climate change, public safety and social equity — we recently talked with StreetLight Data’s VP of marketing Martin Morzynski and western region director Sal Akhter.

https://meetingoftheminds.org/how-cities-benefit-from-mobility-iot-data-31884

The Green City Tool

City governance and sustainable urban planning

The European Commission just launched the Green City Tool, a self-assessment and benchmarking tool for cities, and a source of information and advice for anyone wanting to learn more about making cities greener and more sustainable.

This tool is all about city governance and the approach taken to sustainable urban planning – it is not about quantitative indicators of sustainability, although it will guide users to the best places to find such information.

https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/greencitytool/home/

Moving towards the UCLG World Congress

The UCLG regional sections met in Barcelona to discuss GOLD V and the process of localizing the global agendas, and shared the progress towards the World Congress in Durban

Under the agenda theme "UCLG Secretaries General: Towards UCLG Congress 2019", the Secretaries General of the regional sections of United Cities and Local Governments met in Barcelona on the 9th and 10th of September.

https://www.uclg.org/en/media/news/moving-towards-world-congress

World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day, observed on the first Monday of October each year, supports UN-Habitat’s mission towards transformative change in cities and human settlements – to leave no one and no place behind. Building on last year’s theme “Municipal Solid Waste Management”, this year’s theme is “Frontier Technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth”. The global observation of the World Habitat Day 2019 will be hosted by the Government Mexico in Mexico City on 7 October this year.

https://www.urbangateway.org/node/50727

Cities urged to study footpaths

In Finland, officials are looking to where people walk in parks after snow has covered official pathways to guide future planning

http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=92f4d47d-8f46-41e3-83db-8dc75609abf0

Urban Innovative Action 5th call for proposals just launched

The Urban Innovative Action has issued its 5th and last call for proposals.

EUR 50 million will be assigned under the Urban Innovation Initiative with the aim of testing new alternative solutions to current challenges in European urban areas.

http://www.eurocities.eu/eurocities/news/Urban-Innovative-Action-5th-call-for-proposals-just-launched-WSPO-BGBQJC

 

 

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