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[ 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
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:05
The 1st International Environment Forum for basin organizations will focus on Freshwater Governance Beyond Rio + 20: Meeting the Sustainability Challenge. It will create a platform for basin organizations from all around the globe to work together towards strengthening the governance and management of transboundary basins through the adequate consideration and integration of environmental aspects... 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
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 11:41
The 10th Metropolis World Congress will focus on Cities in Transition. New city models have been established in the face of the financial downturn, the scarcity of petroleum and the depletion of the present growth model. This paradigm of change affects all aspects of cities: the environment, the city's growth model, the quality of life of the people and the urban innovations. The Congress will... 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
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 16:31
Advance Future Leaders Foundation organized a strategic awareness campaign and citizens participation in an event aimed to combat floods in Lagos for World Habitat Day celebrations in Lagos on 3 October 2011. The aim of the event was to educate citizens about  the flooding hazards as a result of unplanned and  unauthorized structures along the drainage areas, enlighten citizens on climate change... Read more

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