sustainability

Four Considerations When Building a Climate Resilient Economy

March 29, 2024 / Comments Off on Four Considerations When Building a Climate Resilient Economy

The notion of a climate resilient economy—an economy that can come back from shocks or stresses prompted by extreme weather events, sea level rise, and shifting ecosystems—is a central concern for this era of public policy analysts and planners. Building economic resilience in cities and municipalities in the face of climate change involves a multifaceted […]

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A Look at 15-Minute Cities

February 23, 2024 / Comments Off on A Look at 15-Minute Cities

Coined by Carlos Moreno, an associate professor at the Sorbonne Business School in Paris, the concept of 15-minute cities became popularized in 2019 after Anne Hidalgo, Paris’s mayor, adopted it as policy. It was first introduced at the United Nations COP21 summit in 2015, when the Paris Agreement was adopted.   The idea recognizes that cities […]

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Building Climate Resilience: Developing an Index for Nine U.S. Cities

July 28, 2023 / Comments Off on Building Climate Resilience: Developing an Index for Nine U.S. Cities

As part of our time serving as summer fellows for ESI Center for the Future of Cities, we have started developing a climate resilience index for nine cities across the United States. The research builds upon ESI’s existing database of indices and metrics designed to evaluate and address the ever-changing nature of climate risks and […]

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Critical Issues Facing the Higher Education Sector: Sustainability

May 17, 2023 / Comments Off on Critical Issues Facing the Higher Education Sector: Sustainability

In our seventh of 8 videos in the series: Critical Issues Facing the Higher Education Sector, Robert Fleming and Dr. Raymond Barclay discuss sustainability. Sustainability is increasingly a framework by which institutions are rethinking their operations, educational offerings, and core missions. We’ll consider the case for this paradigm shift in philosophical and practical terms. Watch […]

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The Philly Tree Plan: Sowing the Seeds of a Greener, More Sustainable City

March 24, 2023 / Comments Off on The Philly Tree Plan: Sowing the Seeds of a Greener, More Sustainable City

As cities around the world grapple with the challenges of urbanization, many are turning to nature-based solutions to create more livable, sustainable communities. Here in Philadelphia, the city has taken an ambitious step forward with the Philly Tree Plan, an initiative aimed at increasing the city’s tree canopy cover and enhancing the benefits that trees […]

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What is Ahead for Cities in 2023?

January 27, 2023 / Comments Off on What is Ahead for Cities in 2023?

The beginning of the year always brings about fresh new goals, opportunities, and a renewed perspective and evaluation of the prior year’s objectives. As technology continues to evolve, so do our expectations of how these changes are going to manifest in the new year. Here at Econsult Solutions and ESI Center for Future Cities, we […]

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