DAILY NEWS Dec 3, 2013 10:46 AM - 1 comment

Globe Foundation to address urban adaptation, "resilient cities"

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VANCOUVER, B.C.-- In a new series focused on building sustainable urban communities, top industry executives, municipal officials, and thought leaders from around the world will convene at GLOBE 2014 from March 26-28, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada to discuss the impending challenges and opportunities at stake with respect to Building Resilient Cities, the Globe Foundation announced.

Cities everywhere are grappling with the challenges of rapid population growth, fluctuating energy prices, shortages in funds for infrastructure renewal, and the need to deal with the often devastating impacts of extreme weather incidents. The need for more sustainable urban management policies and programs is more urgent than ever as governments and businesses alike tackle issues of energy and water supply, transportation, waste management, and sustainable infrastructure, the foundation said in a release.

“Integral to any discussion on urban development is a re-evaluation of how cities around the world are responding to the effects of climate change – especially in the face of global population growth and migration,” says John Wiebe, President and CEO of the GLOBE Foundation. “At GLOBE 2014, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with key players and learn best practices from visionaries at the forefront of these decisions.”

“From carbon neutral buildings, to adapting to climate change, the way we build and operate our cities is being transformed,” says Sadhu Johnston, Co-Chair, Urban Sustainable Directors’ Network, co-author of The Guide to Greening Cities, and Deputy Manager, City of Vancouver. “As cities move forward in implementing innovative strategies, they are balancing the need to reduce risks of changing climate with the demands to reduce carbon and improve the quality of life in our cities. The discussion at GLOBE will be a unique forum to explore the transformation of how our cities adopt leading green city practices”.

Cities around the globe are working to reduce their carbon footprint, scale back energy consumption, and respond to the tangible effects of climate change. With the costs of replacing infrastructure, and the need for new investment models that serve both the public and private sector, they have the potential to turn infrastructure deficit problems into opportunities to create more resilient cities. Moreover, unprecedented investments in measuring and reporting the success of green initiatives offer increasingly tangible performance indicators for assessing and responding to developments in urban sustainability.

• Next Generation Cities: Smarter, Faster, Better

• Regenerative Design for High-Performance, Net Positive Communities

• Striving for Carbon Neutral Cities: What Will it Take?

• The Infrastructure Deficit: A Problem or an Opportunity?

• Resilient Cities Don’t Just Happen: Embracing Global Best Practices

• Goodbye Miami? Planning for the Climate Realities of Today and Tomorrow

• City Success Stories: Securing Financing for Low-Carbon Development Projects

• Interactive Workshop: Cities Can’t Go it Alone!

Other key themes for this international forum on business and the environment include:

The Changing Energy Landscape; Food & Water Security: Protecting our Most Valuable Resources; Towards the Circular Economy; Responsible Resource Management; Clean Capitalism: Financing Sustainable Innovation; China – Our Shared Future; and The Aboriginal Advantage.

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Andrew Jackson

This topic could not be more pertinent as it applies to sustainability in the world. We've now reached the threshold of 50% of the world's population living in urban areas with a prediction of 70% by 2050. How well cities cope with energy, infrastructure, transportation, pollution and social issues will be a huge factor in how the world adapts to our new low carbon future.

Posted December 4, 2013 01:12 AM

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