An estimated 4 billion people—equivalent to approximately 54 percent of the world’s overall population—reside in cities. The global urban population is projected to escalate to 66 percent by 2050. The UN, however, claims that the current rise in the cities' population is unsustainable. Many cities do not have enough resources to sustain the projected population growth. Cities experience sustainability issues such as pollution, public health problems, overcrowding and social instability. These issues can lead to resource depletion and potentially low worker productivity, which can cause greater inefficiencies within cities that impact productivity.
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This blog combines articles from ADEC ESG Solutions, as well as FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), an ADEC Innovation.
3 Tips for Planning Sustainable Transportation
Posted by Frank Coyle on Jun 21, 2016 10:00:00 AMMORE
Initiatives to reverse and/or mitigate the harmful effects of climate change continue to thrive in 2016. Both the public and private sectors have identified climate change as a high priority on their agendas, including the impact of transportation, which is a recognized source of greenhouse gases (GHG) such as methane, carbon and nitrous oxide. In addition, they have recognized sustainable transportation as a means to GHG emissions.
Why Your Business Needs a Sustainability Plan
Posted by Frank Coyle on Dec 22, 2015 12:55:02 PMMORE
As the private and public sectors continue to develop their sustainability plans to demonstrate their commitment to the environment and the wellbeing of their communities, the private sector faces the challenge of ensuring the long-term viability of their operations and the wellbeing of their clients and consumers. A well-thought-out sustainability plan assists a company in operating its business responsibly while achieving a healthy bottom line.
Balancing economic growth with sustainable development is a challenge for both large and small municipalities. Sustainability planning is an opportunity for communities to develop a vision and implement long-term goals that address challenges and opportunities to become a more sustainable municipality. With a municipal sustainability plan, officials have the opportunity to demonstrate strategic, sustainable leadership.
What Does it Take to Develop an Effective Sustainability Plan?
Posted by Frank Coyle on Nov 24, 2015 12:14:44 PMMORE
A local government that develops a comprehensive and effective sustainability plan shows that it is committed to preserving the environment while developing sustainability strategies for the local community. Sustainability plans are developed to address environmental, community and financial sustainability, and serve as tools and road maps for assisting local governments in managing sustainability initiatives and documenting progress.
Climate change is a worldwide concern, defined as a change in global or regional climate patterns; in particular, a change apparent from the mid- to late 20th century onwards, and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels. With continuous changes to climate patterns, numerous agencies have adopted Climate Action Plans (CAPs). CAPs address air quality, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, transportation strategies, land use, open spaces, economic development, water management, recycling and more. Although various agencies may concentrate on different categories with more emphasis, the importance of CAPs are the effectiveness of the implementation and the longevity.