Mexico’s leadership and influence can set the course for a broader ZCB movement toward net-zero-carbon buildings in Latin America.
Future cities will need a near-zero-carbon footprint, an end to dependence on fossil fuels and an ability to manage weather extremes while finding ways to lift up already vulnerable and marginalized groups. To envision these cities of the future, we have to demand more of our collective imagination.
The Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) is the premier international conference on cities and the first session to be held in the Middle East.
The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities launched the Vision Zero Challenge, a new road safety challenge, which aims to help cities in Latin America and the Caribbean create systemic change to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries.
New research finds nearly two-thirds of sewage and human waste in 15 major cities is unsafely managed, worsening urban sanitation crisis.
This working paper describes sanitation access challenges in cities of the global south that have been overlooked in global indicators. In analyzing 15 cities, we found that almost two-thirds of urban residents lack access to safely managed sanitation, with access lowest in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. For these households, sanitation services are too expensive or unsafe. This paper highlights four key action areas for cities to improve sanitation access: extend the sewer and simplified sewer networks to household, communal and public toilets; support and regulate on-site sanitation in the absence of sewer systems; support citywide settlement upgrading; and make sanitation services affordable for all.
World Resources Institute is pleased to welcome Rogier van den Berg as the new Director of Urban Development for WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.
Transforming Transportation 2020 will take place from January 16 - 17, 2020 at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. The theme for this year’s conference is “Connecting People for Sustainable Growth.”
Join WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and NUMO for a presentation by Dr. James Longhurst, author of Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road and professor of history at the University of Wisconsin. He will be joined by Peter Harnik, co-founder of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
WRI analysis finds that across locations and regulatory environments, there are many achievable policy pathways to zero carbon buildings.
This working paper describes water access challenges in cities of the global south that have been hitherto largely invisible in global indicators. In analyzing 15 cities, we found that piped utility water is the most affordable option, yet, on average, almost half of all households lack access, and most of those that do have access receive intermittent service. This paper highlights four key action areas for cities to improve water access: extending the formal piped water network, addressing context-specific causes of intermittent water service, pursuing diverse strategies to make water affordable, and supporting informal settlement upgrading.
New research finds millions have access only a few hours a day, while others are forced to pay up to a quarter of monthly household income for private provision.
Nearly 150,000 people lost their lives on Indian roads in 2018. The Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, recently approved by India's parliament, aims to make streets safer for both drivers and pedestrians.
Projects like Barcelona's "superblocks" and Atlanta's Beltline are showing cities how to adapt to growing environmental and economic pressures.
Most people think of air pollution as strictly a health issue. The reality is that dirty air affects climate, water, agriculture and renewable energy systems.
This report offers a nine-step framework that can be used by cities at all stages of developing electric bus transit. It aims to fill in knowledge gaps and provide actionable guidance to help cities and bus operators overcome the most common and debilitating barriers to electric bus adoption. Key actions are identified for various stakeholders under different development stages.
This report identifies and presents the main barriers that cities face when implementing electric buses, especially in the global south. Analysis for this report is based predominately on 16 WRI-conducted case studies and framed by a literature review. Six key barriers under three categories are identified.
Positive change is happening in cities, but it’s often lost in a sea of bad news about air pollution, rising costs of living and traffic jams. Projects from Dar es Salaam, Medellín, Pune and more provide inspiration.
Mobility is a gateway to opportunity, and transportation can make cities more wonderful, livable and equitable. WRI Vice President Lawrence MacDonald is joined by Robin Chase and Harriet Tregoning to talk about the New Urban Mobility alliance (NUMO) and how they are building better cities for all.
While dozens of cities have taken the "Vision Zero" pledge to end traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries, many are struggling to make progress. Evidence from London, Bogota and other cities reveals three ways to redesign streets to save lives.