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[ Event ] Posted on Friday, August 5, 2011 - 11:19
Delegates of the conference will discuss two main themes: (i) Sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems; and (ii) Greening the economy: promotion of environment in economic development. This conference should be a key step in implementation and recognition of Astana Initiative as an interactive platform and tool of integration in Asia and Europe on green growth. In order to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 5, 2011 - 10:14
It is always good to ensure that your facility is prepared to weather the hurricane storm. According to researchers from John Hopkins and Texas A&M University, during the last five major hurricanes, nearly 30,000 businesses and government entities were forced to cease operations due to power outages and loss of Internet connectivity. “Continuity during disasters is imperative for businesses... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 5, 2011 - 10:03
If an office building catches fire, the building management team or the security director will call for an evacuation. But what if spring weather produces a tornado? Instead of an evacuation, staying put or sheltering in place might make more sense. A tornado, a bomb threat in a nearby building, a chemical spill, an active shooter, or a terrorist hit that contaminates the area might call for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 5, 2011 - 09:46
Energy efficient heating and cooling options have acquired vast interest in the recent years, but scientists in China may have found the ultimate solution. Researchers based at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) discovered a new material that can retain and release heat according to specific temperature requirements. They believe their invention could offer considerable energy... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 5, 2011 - 09:34
Cities across the U.S. are increasingly looking to technology to improve the public participation process and increase the ways citizens can engage with the government. Chief technical officers are becoming more common. "Today if you want to voice your concerns to local officials, you can often do so remotely, from your laptop or cell phone. Websites, social media, call centers, and services that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 18:44
A set of recommendations for changes to land-use regulations in Seattle is being highlighted by Mayor Mike McGinn as a way to both create sustainable neighborhoods and jobs. One of the authors of the recommendations explains. Chuck Wolfe, member of a roundtable group of experts that has crafted recommendations, discusses how the changes to the code can help improve the way development happens in... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 17:49
The conference will be the 9th such annual event, following fora previously hosted in various quarters of Europe including Malmo, Krakow, Bologna, Kaunas, Burgos, Nantes, Rotterdam and Graz since the series started in 2003. The CIVITAS Forum Network currently includes 205 cities from 31 European countries, that have formally committed to clean and sustainable urban transport. This year the... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 12:21
The Informed Cities initiative – making research work for local sustainability - is a European project which aims to enhance the connectivity between research and policy-making in sustainable development, with a focus on tools for urban management. In cooperation with the Municipality of Naples and the University of Naples Federico II, the Informed Cities Initiative has the pleasure to invite... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 12:05
ICLEI member, the City of Freiburg has installed the first solar-powered LED street lighting system in Germany. The lights are located on a paved cycle path and pedestrian intersection close to the river Dreisam and automatically go on at dusk. Up to 10,000 cyclists use the path on a daily basis and there have been several accidents in the past as it was difficult to see whether cyclists or car... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 11:57
In 2011 Hamburg will be presenting itself as European Green Capital. The European Commission chose Hamburg over many others as environmentally friendly city, to bear the label Green Capital 2011. This award was the reason for some lawyers in Hamburg, interested in the environment and international environmental law, to found a new Association with the aim to bundle and promote the scientific... Read more

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