How should we manage transport, pollution, waste, energy, water and housing to create sustainable urban developments? Do you know of any good examples where buildings, towns and cities are being made greener? Or maybe you’ve made improvements in your own home? If so, we’d like you to tell us about them.
Do you think enough is being done to provide for the future health and wellbeing of city-dwellers (expected to account for 60% of the population by 2030) and the environment? If not, what changes do you think we need to make?
Have you agreed the panel? I am very interested in this subject, for London, as a London Sustainable Development Commissioner www.londonsdc.org/lsdc. And in my day job with WSP Group plc, who as design and engineering consultants, are heavily involved in designing both new and old cities. Please see these examples http://www.wspgroup.com/en/WSP-Group/Sustainability/Case-Studies-3/Corporate-Services/
Great debate! Since I work at ICLEI, let me just say how relevant this is to our work. ICLEI -- Local Governments for Sustainability has been an integral part of the "think global, act local" movement towards sustainability. It is an association of over 1220 local government Members who are committed to sustainable development. ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development. ICLEI is also the "Local Authority Major Group Co-Organizing Partner" at Rio+20 and supports a Green Urban Economy given that cities and urban areas offer unique opportunities to realize a green economy due to the geographical concentration of people, infrastructure, knowledge, economic activity and resources. Furthermore, with regards to facilitating a Green Urban Economy, ICLEI has been preparing case studies on the concept, introducing green urban economy to local governments and city actors and assisting them in achieving it, connecting leaders from local governments and other sectors with each other and much more. I wish you all an exciting debate and we will check back on the results tomorrow.
ICLEI do some really great work. I particularly support the suggestions you have around understanding the governance of cities - how they are managed - who has power etc.. For me, this is essential information if we are to implement an integrated holistic solution, say for example on water and waste water managment, as it is often a combination of public and private sector control. Agreeing financial mechanisms that incentivise the right outcomes amongst a diverse group of interested parties is also key....
Against a backdrop of the the reality - cities are chaotic places and have differing social, economic and environmental objectives, some of which are driven by politics too. Should make for an interesting debate tomorrow.