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[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 - 12:09
Paul Gianakas saw a business opportunity in the cars of the future. To finance it, he had to part with cars of the past. His 1965 Chevrolet El Camino left the garage and never came back. His 1968 Ford Mustang moved on to greener driveways. The sale of those two hot rods and several others helped raise the $100,000 that Mr. Gianakas needed to launch Ecofriendly LLC, a 3-year-old company in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 - 11:45
If you think of gas stations as grubby, oil-stained eyesores that stand for energy consumption rather than conservation, check out Beaverton’s new Highland Chevron and Extra Mile, at Murray and Allen boulevards. And if your idea of a gas station owner conjures up a gruff, seen-it-all-before type in a grease-soaked Carhartt shirt, well, meet Bob Barman, the station’s gregarious, green-conscious... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011 - 10:24
Hungary’s first eco-playground has opened in ICLEI member city Budapest. The playground is lit by solar lighting and built along environmentally sustainable lines, with great care taken during construction to preserve the natural properties of the soil at the site. Notice boards at the facility aim to educate children and inspire parents with ideas for their own homes. At an unconventional... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 13:06
A logo competition for the Initiative, instigated in partnership with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, resulted in a winner after much deliberation, thanks to jury members David Fortin from Montana State University, Fiona Jack from University of Auckland and Victor Mgendi and Jane Nyakairu from UN-HABITAT. The winner, Andrew M. Wee, of the Philippines, received his degree in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 12:26
Kinshasa, 10 October 2011 - With half of Africa's forests and water resources and trillion-dollar mineral reserves, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could become a powerhouse of African development provided multiple pressures on its natural resources are urgently addressed. A major Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment of the DRC by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 12:17
Gwangju, 13 October 2011- Improved planning and more intelligent management of cities across the developed and developing world could play a key role in growing economies, boosting social improvements and reducing humanity's environmental footprint. Findings from the Green Economy report of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) indicate that current patterns of urban development could be costing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 09:19
Focused policies and investments aimed at protecting and managing forest and trees in and around cities are needed to strengthen urban livelihoods and improve city environments, as the world becomes increasingly urbanized. This was the message offered today on the occasion of World Habitat Day by the international Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), of which FAO is a member. As an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 09:04
A study by the National League of Cities says how the economic recession has finally started to hit cities as property - and income-tax have decreased. Cities are balancing their budgets through layoffs, canceled construction projects or raised fees. High unemployment, ailing housing market and weak consumer spending have reduced taxes for cities for five straight years, reports Daniel Wagner for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 10:43
ROMA-NeT is an URBACT project led by Budapest which intends to improve the integration of Roma populations. The 10 city planners have three priority activities: access to key services, active inclusion in the labour market though education and training, and the development of self help initiatives. Following the second thematic learning cluster event of the project which took place in Almeria... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 10:31
En Buenos Aires Argentina se celebró el Día Mundial del Hábitat en el "Country Chacarita" el 3 de octubre de 2011 en el marco de la campaña de la Red "Hábitat Social para un mundo Urbano y Rural" bajo el lema "Ciudades y Cambio Climático" propuesto por las Naciones Unidas y con el objetivo de fortalecer los proyectos de ley de urbanización de los asentamientos humanos en la región. Red Hábitat te... Read more