Connecting the Dots – Cities and Sustainability

My last post referred to the workshop I attended at Verge DC to discuss the recent Citystates paper from SustainAbility and GreenBiz.

Environment once meant something we went to visit on a weekend hike to a national park. But that type of thinking is counterproductive.  It separates the daily actions of the majority of people, who live in urban environments, from the environment.    This interview with Harvard economist Edward Glaeser addresses why urbanization could be a solution to many intractable sustainability problems:

It is somewhat counterintuitive but all that is leafy is not necessarily green – living around

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Facing Similar Challenges in Business and Local Government

Earlier this month I attended a workshop at Verge DC to discuss the recent Citystates paper by SustainAbility and GreenBiz and sponsored by Ford.

It was a fascinating discussion, including a number of city sustainability practitioners from across in the wider DC metropolitan area.

What struck me the most were the similarities between the challenges faced by city managers and the challenges faced in business.  Here are a few examples:

1)      Short term thinking.  Some of the city representatives referred to the challenges of planning cycles that, at best, align with the time between elections.  Of course we have similar …

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