Rethinking the definition of a Sustainable City

There’s a great piece on this written by Kaid Benfield, the director of the Sustainable Communities program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law. See http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2013/08/we-need-rethink-our-definition-sustainable-city/6536/ for more.

The piece should also be read in conjunction with the thought provoking piece on ‘Conserver Cities’ by http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/glenn-vowles/169666/creating-conserver-cities Glenn Vowles, Associate Lecturer in Environment at The Open University.

The dramatic shift of the world’s population into urban areas is encouraging citizens, city planners, businesses and governments to start looking at visions of ‘smart’ cities. Impressive infographic: http://postscapes.com/anatomy-of-a-smart-city-full

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Author: Andy Nolan

An experienced director-level professional with expertise in sustainable development, cities, universities, governance, policy and strategy. 15 years of experience working in the field of sustainability in both the private and public sector. Has worked within a local authority, in multi-authority partnerships locally and nationally. Experience in higher education across four universities in the UK plus representative bodies. Particular areas of interest and expertise include; energy; transport; climate change; waste management; air quality; decentralised energy; education for sustainability; smart cities; knowledge transfer; research.

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