- Novak, Marijana, Blake Robinson, Max Russell, Angelica Greco, Marion Guénard, Olga Horn, Burcu Tuncer, et al.. "Circular City Actions Framework – Bringing the Circular Economy to Every City".
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.
A circular economy calls for collaboration among the public-, private, and third-sector (civil society) stakeholders and requires governments, businesses and communities to be creative and flexible. A circular community promotes an equitable transition to sustainability across the urban space through multiple city functions and departments in cross-sectoral collaboration with research institutions, local businesses, and community residents. In a circular economy, existing materials are repeatedly cycled rather than becoming disposable waste while minimizing resource extraction. The transition from a linear to a more circular economy offers cities the tools to support social equity, local job creation, public health, and community wealth.
Posted on 26/10/22
- Hamdan, Hasan A.M., Poul Houman Andersen, and Luitzen de Boer. "Stakeholder Collaboration in Sustainable Neighborhood Projects—A Review and Research Agenda".
Sustainable Cities and Society.
Stakeholder collaboration in neighborhood projects facilitates networking and knowledge transfer. Construction companies participate in the task definition, research institutions contribute to feasibility testing, civil society organizations (CSOs) reinforce environmental approaches, and international partners increase funding, experience, and political support. Collaboration leads to the success of community development projects. Successful neighborhoods are realized through development projects and stakeholder collaboration from a project perspective. Although community involvement may create tension and trigger a series of protracted and contentious negotiations between residents or their representatives and local authorities, it has various benefits for the realization of sustainable projects, including acceptance and marketing opportunities.
Posted on 05/10/22
"GrünStattGrau". Accessed September 02, 2022.
The platform is an interface between network partners from the public sector, science and research, and community stakeholders that shares best practices in developing sustainable communities. It inspires and advances the deployment of technologies, competencies, and services and furthers the affordability of tools and their broad application. Moreover, it promotes quality assurance and encourages a new awareness of the range of benefits of greened buildings in the context of climate change and energy. By greening buildings, we make an important contribution to climate change adaptation efforts and help to shape and deliver green, smart and liveable cities of the future.
Posted on 02/09/22
- Lakatos, Elena Simina, Geng Yong, Andrea Szilagyi, Dan Sorin Clinci, Lucian Georgescu, Catalina Iticescu, and Lucian-Ionel Cioca. "Conceptualizing Core Aspects on Circular Economy in Cities".
(July 06, 2021).
Circular economy policy and practices are implemented at the local level to form circular communities. Circularity at the urban level calls for great effort and innovation to successfully transition from the linear economy to circular cities. However, local governments and policymakers are uncertain about how to develop a circular community and its purpose. Cities play a decisive role in the transition towards circularity through recirculation and resource efficiency strategies, technical innovation, policy elaboration and stakeholder support. They must adopt innovative ways and means to successfully transition, which entails collaboration between all stakeholders, including producers, consumers, policymakers and community citizens.
Posted on 24/08/22
World Economic Forum.
"These Are the World’s Most Liveable Cities". (June 30, 2022).
City liveability is important on various levels and impacts the daily lives of billions of people. Over 80% of global GDP is generated in cities, while consuming nearly 80% of the world's energy and producing more than 60% of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Therefore, building liveable, future-ready and sustainable cities is critical. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘌𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘵 ranks the liveability of global cities based on more than 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five categories. Their rating methodology, which is criticized for the nature of the data and how it's collected, combines expert analysts and takes into account external data points.
Posted on 27/07/22
- Rosenbloom, Jonathan D., and Chris Duerksen. "Saving the World through Zoning: The Sustainable Development Code, Regeneration, and Beyond".
Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy.
(May 11, 2022).
It is primarily the responsibility of local governments to protect the citizens and biosphere of their communities. To regulate the development of the built environment and land use, cities integrate sustainability into their plans and implement them through zoning and local building codes. Increasingly, local governments are adopting ambitious sustainable development codes that encourage and facilitate regeneration of the environment and protect the local biosphere and community. This article addresses such issues as the obstacles to the sustainable development of communities, the creation of incentives, filling regulatory gaps, and the challenges to sustainable development codes becoming mainstream.
Posted on 11/07/22
- Niemets, Kostiantyn, Kateryna Kravchenko, Yurii Kandyba, Pavlo Kobylin, and Cezar Morar. "World Cities in Terms of the Sustainable Development Concept".
Goeography and Sustainability.
(December 27, 2021).
The sustainable development of cities requires significant investment, particularly in social development, purification, and preservation of urban nature from anthropogenic impacts. The analysis results in the systematization of the sustainable development criteria used in compiling the world cities rankings and determining the prospects of the transition of contemporary cities to the sustainable development concept. Such mega cities as New York, London and Tokyo have failed to fully implement sustainable development objectives. Smaller cities, such as Vienna, Melbourne, and Zurich, lead in terms of the quality of life, better organization of urban space, fewer pollutant emissions, and other factors.
Posted on 01/07/22
- Prorok, Thomas. "The SDGs in Austrian Cities: A Comparison between 2017 and 2021".
KDZ - Centre for Public Administration Research.
(August 06, 2021).
Municipalities rely on the national governments for information, training, and financing to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This survey cites the main challenges for Austrian municipalities in adopting and implementing the SDGs and shows the need for urgent action at local, regional and national levels. Most Austrian municipalities lack clear roles, responsibility on regional policy issues, and the human resources. Nearly all cities cite the need for financial support, tools and guidelines from the federal government. Transparency, sufficient access to information, and coordination between all governmental and non-governmental stakeholders is needed for the cities to implement the SDGs locally.
Posted on 20/06/22
- Cornwall, Andrea. "Buzzwords and Fuzzwords: Deconstructing Development Discourse".
Development in Practice.
(August 01, 2007).
“There is nothing, it seems, that cannot be described as ‘sustainable’”. Well before this article's appearance in 2007, concern about the use of the term was being voiced. We have sustainable development, cities, economics, construction, investing, operation, and, accordingly, the sustainability professionals. The term has an important political role in processes of policy-making and development. It has become a “boundary term”, where large amounts are spent in the name of sustainability. Its misuse in building “communities of shared understanding of and common commitment to linking environmental and economic development concerns” has become a major concern to all socioeconomic development stakeholders.
Posted on 03/06/22
- Pasanen, Panu, Johanna Jarvinen, Kostas Koukoulopoulos, Lorélia Le Gouvello, Tytti Bruce, Rodrigo Castro, Fernando Barrios, et al.. "City Policy Framework for Dramatically Reducing Embodied Carbon".
This is a framework for cities and other government bodies to develop a strategy, action plan, and policies in response to the climate emergency. It is a manual and blueprint to dramatically reduce embodied carbon from the manufacture, transport, use, and life-cycle end of construction material. It helps cities in reducing and eliminating embodied carbon in such building asset classes as office buildings, apartments and hotels. It suggests what cities can do, how to do it, and what the most carbon-reducing, cost-effective, easiest-to-implement, and enforceable policies are that could be adopted to initiate and accelerate the transition to low-carbon construction.
Posted on 25/04/22
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
"IPCC WGII Sixth Assessment Report – Technical Summary". 2022.
There are various global temperature rise and ecosystem impact scenarios, representing uncertainty that affects climate change exposure and vulnerability. This IPCC report summarizes the current understanding of observed climate change impacts on ecosystems, human societies and their cities, settlements, infrastructures, and industrial systems as well as vulnerabilities and future risks tied to different socioeconomic development pathways. It shows the clear threat to the ecosystem by correlating direct human impacts – land-use change, pollution, overexploitation, fragmentation, and destruction – and climate change. The likelihood of an emissions scenario affects the probability of a climate outcome and the overall distribution of climate outcomes.
Posted on 16/04/22
- Ionașcu, Elena, Marilena Mironiuc, Ion Anghel, and Maria Carmen Huian. "The Involvement of Real Estate Companies in Sustainable Development—An Analysis from the SDGs Reporting Perspective".
January 01, 2020.
Most real estate entities lack the strategy, culture and tools to realize their professed sustainability aspirations. They present their intentions mostly qualitatively and report few quantitative key performance indicators (KPIs) that reveal the degree of achieving such priority Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities, and SDG 13 – Climate action. Creating and using more quantitative indicators to monitor the progress of each SDG in the real estate sector is required to inform policymakers and for their accountability to stakeholders. Effective and practicable frameworks are still needed for assessing the relationship between real estate and the SDGs.
Posted on 31/03/22
- Mossin, Natalie, Sofie Stilling, Thomas Chevalier Bøjstrup, and Ingeborg Christiane Hau. "An Architecture Guide to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals Volume 2".
Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation.
Architecture and architects play a major role in developing sustainable cities and the built environment to achieve the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This extensive collection of architectural projects across the world illustrates how architecture and architects can contribute to each of the SDGs. The 80 example projects vary in terms of stakeholders and size and demonstrate the significant contribution that architecture can make, regardless of budget, location and resources. Architects can facilitate an open dialog and work in partnership to provide sustainable solutions and encourage authorities to provide the needed regulation for developing a sustainable built environment.
Posted on 21/03/22
- Michael Widmann. "#HospitalityHelps".
Accessed March 03, 2022.
#HospitalityHelps is a platform that connects families that are fleeing the war in Ukraine with hotels around Europe. Currently focused on key cities in Austria, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia, the hotels provide free stays for five nights to Ukrainians who show proof of residency in Ukraine at check-in. Via a booking platform prepared by HotelSwaps, Ukrainian refugees who are fleeing the war and require accommodations can apply for 5 nights free in a participating hotel. Hotel owners and operators who can offer unsold rooms in their hotels make them available to the refugees via the platform.
Posted on 03/03/22
World Travel & Tourism Council.
"Destination 2030: Global Cities’ Readiness For Tourism Growth". June 30, 2019.
City planning authorities, developers, investors, legislators, and community groups have to collaborate to prepare cities for growth in tourism. Decision-makers create long-term plans involving all stakeholders, where local residents must be at the heart of the infrastructure developments and investments. The decision-makers and investors need to consider the needs of residents and visitors, a broad spectrum of other factors, and the resulting challenges and opportunities when making decisions to develop city tourism. This report studies the extent to which global cities have the necessary urban and tourism infrastructure and policies to support the sustainable growth of hospitality in their cities.
Posted on 18/02/22
- Vanhuyse, Fedra, Neal R. Haddaway, and Maryna Henrysson. "Circular Cities: An Evidence Map of Research between 2010 and 2020".
(November 17, 2021).
https://doi.org/...Cities are increasingly transitioning towards the circular economy (CE). They are moving towards a sharing economy and implementing CE strategies to reduce their use of resources and environmental impact. The efforts of municipalities concentrate chiefly on the "lower-level" waste and wastewater management and recycling and recovery strategies. Among the "higher-level" CE strategies pursued by governments across the world are reducing, repurposing, remanufacturing, and reusing. This review systematically maps the scientific and grey literature of the CE strategy that they are focusing on. It enables policymakers to find examples of cities of similar size, similar sectoral approach, and suitable CE strategy.
Posted on 16/02/22
- Prorok, Thomas, and Samantha Eigner. "The SDGs in Austrian Cities: A Comparison between 2017 and 2021".
KDZ - Centre for Public Administration Research.
(August 06, 2021).
Cities play a key role in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and need clear roles and responsibilities on regional policy issues. Transparency, sufficient access to information, and coordination between all stakeholders in the sustainable development of communities are required for the cities to take the needed action. This survey reports that Austrian cities are becoming increasingly aware of the SDGs and have voiced the intention to implement them. Although this is a positive development, most have taken little effective action so far. Explicit action remains to be taken by local, regional, and federal governments to implement the SDGs.
Posted on 14/02/22
- Saheb, Yamina. "Sufficiency Should Be First".
Buildings & Cities.
(October 21, 2021).
Unless "sufficiency" becomes a primary principle in climate mitigation and policies for the development and use of buildings, it is unlikely that global warming will be reduced. This article explains that we cannot meet the Paris Agreement targets of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels without building efficiency improvements, renewable energy adoption, and behavioral changes. Through prompt use of the sufficiency, efficiency, and renewable (SER) framework for climate policies, a sustainable metamorphosis of the global building stock could occur. Adopting appropriate policy measures and applying sufficiency principles to buildings would provide a decent living standard for everyone while significantly limiting global warming.
Posted on 08/01/22
"Special Issue : Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities". Accessed December 22, 2021.
The overall goal of sustainable development is to meet our needs today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. The implementation of the sustainable development concept is our greatest challenge. This special issue invites researchers to the scientific debate on its challenges and opportunities. The research should have practical value for the institutions and stakeholders developing or implementing sustainable development policies. It may address such areas of the sustainable development debate as the identification and assessment of smart cities, determinants for the development of digitization of the economy, and the analysis of sustainable development threats.
Posted on 22/12/21
- Schicklinski, Judith, Stephanie Barnebeck, Yannick Kalff, and EAH Jena. "Civil Society Actors as Drivers of Socio-Ecological Transition? Green Spaces in European Cities as Laboratories of Social Innovation".
WIFO – Austrian Institute of Economic Research.
Socioecological systems reflect a highly interconnected relationship between society and ecosystems. Their resilience depends on a wide range of factors stemming from the linkages between human societies and ecosystems. The factors include changes in the social, political and environmental factors and the interaction between the systems. Urbanization occurs when living conditions in the city are not attractive enough, say, due to high traffic density and related pollution problems. "Green infrastructure" has the purpose of lessening the burden of urban development on the environment while providing ecosystem services, such as the reduction of traffic density in cities and related pollution problems.
Posted on 15/12/21
- Wiedmann, Thomas, and Cameron Allen. "City Footprints and SDGs Provide Untapped Potential for Assessing City Sustainability".
Concepts that assess the sustainability of cities are only now emerging. Assessments vary considerably depending upon the indicators, targets and methods. Science can help in defining indicator frameworks, quantifying indicators, and developing the metrics and methods for evaluating progress. The UN 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide unique criteria for assessing urban sustainability. The SDGs offer a comprehensive and integrated framework of goals, targets, and unique indicators to guide progress on sustainable development. They have an advantage over other sustainability assessment indicators and frameworks since they were agreed through the consensus of the UN member states.
Posted on 07/12/21
World Resources Institute.
"Prize for Cities". November 28, 2021.
Incremental change is not putting communities on track for sustainability, equity and prosperity. Although successful sustainable change is happening, the solutions and successful efforts towards urban transformation are not identified and publicized. To right this, the WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities initiative spotlights successful transformative urban change. Prize for Cities is a global prize awarded to inspire urban change-makers by elevating initiatives and telling stories of successful sustainable urban transformation. Businesses, local governments, CSOs – all types of organizations and individuals from the public, private, and civil society sectors – are all invited to apply for the 2020-2021 Prize for Cities.
Posted on 28/11/21
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.
"Turning Up the Heat: Corporate Legal Accountability for Climate Change". 2018.
This briefing demonstrates that communities and advocates are increasingly using the courts to generate change and confront companies on their responsibility for climate harm. It argues that strategic litigation encourages corporate accountability for climate change and broader corporate accountability movements when governments have repeatedly failed to take steps to adequately combat climate change. It suggests that climate lawsuits against companies are the result of increased collaboration between concerned individuals, cities, human rights and climate advocates, scientists and expert litigators, who have combined their respective expertise and strategies for corporate accountability.
Posted on 15/05/21