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Energy Voices Radio Show – Feb 23 – Sustainable Cities

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In this episode of Energy Voices we explore urban design in the 21st Century. Listen on Soundcloud.  

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Urbanization is one of the most significant human demographic trends in today’s world.  Now, more people live in urban areas than rural areas – with 54% of the world population living in cities, up from 30% in 1950.[1]http://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/highlights/wup2014-highlights.pdf http://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/highlights/wup2014-highlights.pdf http://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/highlights/wup2014-highlights.pdf http://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/highlights/wup2014-highlights.pdf http://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/highlights/wup2014-highlights.pdf http://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/highlights/wup2014-highlights.pdf http://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/highlights/wup2014-highlights.pdf  This number is expected to rise to 66% by 2050 and as high as 90% by the end of the century.  As the world continues to urbanize, sustainable development challenges will be increasingly concentrated in cities, particularly in the lower-middle-income countries where the pace of urbanization is fastest. This episode of Energy Voices will give listeners an overview of what a sustainable city means environmentally, economically, and socially. 

 

Citizens Changing Cities

Rashiq Fataar is a young entrepreneur who created a not-for-profit that encourages citizen engagement in shaping cities – Future Cape Town. In this segment, he discusses how cities shape communities and social interactions.

 

Lifestyles and Cities

Stefanos Fotiou of the United Nations provides an overview of just how important smart policy for cities is to the global energy transition. Stefanos shares how the UN is using their power as a convener to facilitate intelligent policy creation and sharing amongst cities in the global south.

 

Life of a Bicycle Engineer

Jason Bell is a bicycle engineer at the City of Calgary.  He walks us through what it takes to be a bike engineer and talks about the major downtown cycle infrastructure project he recently worked on.  Jason shares the importance of multi-modal transportation in cities.

 

Sustainable Buildings: LEED Certification

Liz Beardsley, the Senior Policy Counsel for the US Green Building Council talks green buildings. The USGBC pioneered the LEED certification process and are championing the green buildings movement globally.

 

This Month in Energy

As always, we will share the big stories in energy for this first month of 2016. 

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References

  1. ^ http://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/highlights/wup2014-highlights.pdf