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[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 - 12:40
By Njiraini Muchira The Government has imposed new tough regulations to force institutions that use large amounts of hot water to install solar systems to save energy. In a move that could have dire cost implications, particularly in the healthcare and hospitality industries, all institutions that consume hot water exceeding 100 litres per day must install and use solar heating systems. In the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 14:57
Julien Labat has been awarded the "Trophée des Eco-Maires" (Eco-Mayor Trophy) for his work for the URBACT project LINKS in the city of Bayonne (France) entitled: "Something New for the Old Districts: Factor 4 Proof Historic Centres". Julien Labat's work provides an assessment of the performance of eco-restoration solutions in historic city centres. His analysis covers a complete representative... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 12:30
A joint venture by ICLEI and Deutsche Messe – the world’s foremost trade fair company, ICLEI Global Town Hall – the world’s leading networking event on urban sustainability solutions, will be convened at the Metropolitan Solutions fair on April 8-13, 2013 in Hannover, Germany, bringing together more than 300 Mayors, city representatives, experts and businesses from across the world. "Cities are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 11:37
This year's jury panel brought together a group of influential and innovative thinkers from across the interior design industry. The jury was asked to judge entries on a number of factors, including design originality, innovation, sustainability and context. Participants were asked to demonstrate how their design addressed the key elements of the client brief, and to give specific examples of how... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 10:36
With a population of five million crammed on a landmass of just 715 square kilometers, the tiny republic of Singapore has been forced to expand upwards, building high-rise residential complexes to house the country's many inhabitants.  Now, Singapore is applying the vertical model to urban agriculture, experimenting with rooftop gardens and vertical farms in order to feed its many residents. ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 - 10:51
As Africa urbanizes at a faster rate than any other region in the world, a more integrated approach to urban water management is needed to solve complex water challenges in Africa's teeming, thirsty cities, making them more sustainable and resilient, says a World Bank report presented 6th December at the AfriCities Summit in Dakar, Senegal. The report collates lessons of experience from 31 cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 12:41
  New Save the Children report reveals findings of research with over 1,000 African children and key stakeholders Social and economic development policies in Africa are ignoring the demographic realities of an increasing number of children living in poverty in urban slums with devastating impacts, according to a new report by Save the Children. The report, entitledVoices from urban Africa: The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 12:16
Lacking both early-warning systems and risk-reduction budgets, medium-sized towns in Africa are poorly equipped to respond to emergencies provoked by natural disasters, rural-urban migration and ecosystem destruction, a United Nations report released today says. Most local government staffers have no direct access to computers, while information management systems are non-existent, according to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 15:44
The sixth edition of the Africities Summit opened this Tuesday 4th December 2012, in  the capital city of Dakar,  with this years’ theme “Building Africa starting from its territories”. During a week, from December 4th to 8th, an expected 5000 participants from across the Continent and the world, will examine the impact and the dynamics of urbanization, globalization, democratization and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 15:33
A workshop to discuss activities for the Because I'm a Girl: Urban Programme (BIAAG UP) joint Plan International, Women In Cities International (WICI), and UN-HABITAT project was organized in Hanoi last month. The project is part of a programme which seeks to engage girls in cities around the world to explore questions around gender inclusion, right to the city and safe cities. BIAAGE will be... Read more