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Christiana Figueres says cities are accelerating sustainable development – find out how

Editor’s Note: 2015 marks C40’s 10-year anniversary. To celebrate our 10 Years of Results, we are featuring the voices of C40 principals, partners and other thought leaders throughout the year. Christiana Figueres is the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. Last century was marked by unprecedented growth accompanied by unprecedented urbanization. Knowing now that much of this…

Calling All Cities: Three Chances for Global Recognition

Applications now open for C40 Cities Awards and Cities100 publication Today, C40 and Scandinavian think tank Sustainia launched a global call for submissions to the C40 Cities Awards and Cities100 publication.  All cities demonstrating leadership in taking climate action are encouraged to apply. Cities will have three chances for global recognition: 100 solutions will be…

Cities are catalysts for better economic growth and climate action, according to new report

Better economic growth can help close the greenhouse gas emissions gap, according to a new report released today by the New Climate Economy, the flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate identifies 10 key areas of economic opportunity that…

New Research from C40 and Arup Shows How City Governments are Changing the World

Today, C40 and Arup released Powering Climate Action: Cities as Global Changemakers, a report that demonstrates cities are taking substantial steps on climate action by collaborating and leveraging partnerships not only with each other, but also with the private sector and civil society. Seth Schultz, C40 Director of Research, Measurement & Planning, said: “The Powering Climate Action report…

10 Ways That Latin America is Driving Global Climate Action

2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. To celebrate these 10 Years of Results, we will be sharing our favorite lists of 10 throughout the year. Latin American cities have enormous potential to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions – C40 research indicates that together they could cut emissions by 2,500 MtCO2 by 2030, or the equivalent…

Video: President William J. Clinton Congratulates C40 on Reaching 10-Year Milestone

Editor’s Note: 2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. To celebrate our 10 Years of Results, we will be featuring the voices of C40 principals, partners and other thought leaders throughout the year. 42nd President of the United States William J. Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation and prominent champion of climate initiatives, wishes C40…

Compact of Mayors gains further momentum at ICLEI World Congress

At the ICLEI World Congress in Seoul today, 35 leading cities, including Johannesburg, Paris and Seoul, announced their intent to comply with the Compact of Mayors – the global effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions, track progress and prepare for the impacts of climate change. The news gives further momentum to the burgeoning movement, which added 20 new cities at…

C40 Latin American Mayors Forum Showcases Region’s Bold Climate Leadership

Today C40 held its first-ever Latin American Mayors Forum, hosted by Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri and attended by more than 15 mayors and vice-mayors from the region. During the Forum, it was announced that 20 Latin American mayors have joined the Compact of Mayors, and 20 global C40 cities have committed to pursuing clean buses.…

Urban Growth: Mexico City over Time

In the above gif, we can watch forty years of Mexico City’s built area expand, washing up against and around hills, lakebeds, and other obstacles. I’m very much drawn to this type of image in urban planning: evocative and based in fact, without telling the whole story up front. It requires intuition and imagination to…

Return Trip: On Leaving Cuautitlán and the Tren Suburbano

Infrastructure gives shape to the city, the same way a trellis gives shape to a vine. Along with natural and topographical features—primarily the hills and mountains that encircle the Valley of Mexico and the traces of the now-desiccated lakes—it’s infrastructure that gives shape to the grey blob of urbanity that is Mexico City as photographed from a satellite. You can tell a lot about a city’s development simply from looking at an unlabeled “photographic” view like that of Google Maps, as well as you can staring out the window of the Tren Suburbano as you ride home from a day in the city.

Cuautitlán: A Journal of Living in the Suburbs of Mexico City

About 18 miles from the Zocalo as the crow flies from the center of Mexico City, is my home for the month. A short, if convoluted ride on three of the city’s metro lines (for about 30 cents) takes you to Buenavista Station. Dating to the 19th century, this was once the main inter-urban train station in…

The Nature Conservancy & C40 Release Urban Water Blueprint

Today, The Nature Conservancy released a report analyzing the state of water resources for 530 cities worldwide. The report – Urban Water Blueprint: Mapping Conservation Solutions to the Global Water Challenge – and interactive websitewere done in partnership with C40 and the International Water Association, and offer recommendations for how to revitalize strained water resources…

In Conversation: C40’s Johanna Partin leads discussion with USDN and the Cities of London & Curitiba

For the second year in a row, C40 and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) teamed up to bring a couple of international C40 cities to USDN’s annual meeting, held last month in Houston. C40’s Regional Director for North America, Johanna Partin, sat down with select participants to get their thoughts on the exchange. Johanna…

Watch Raccoons Escape Trash Can—Are Urban Animals Getting Smarter?

A new video suggests that these “perfect little urban warriors” may be smarter than their rural kin, a scientist says.

Michael Waldrep: Understanding the Meaning of Sense of Place

Michael Waldrep will spend 9 months in Mexico City studying its stories, and specifically those of the sprawling reaches that envelope it. Certainly, the city has its historic center and its charming European-styled boulevards close by. But outside of its strictest boundary, the line that divides the Federal District from the surrounding State of Mexico, a 21st Century city, simultaneously typical of global development and unique to the specificities of Mexico, is being built. It includes the massive, quasi-legal, cinderblock districts of Ciudad Neza (1.1 million people, or nearly two Bostons) and Ecatepec (1.6 million people, or larger than Philadelphia)—the informal settlements that loom large in the mental image of the sprawling edges of Mexico City.