Tag: Infrastructure

Transforming Urban Transport in Nairobi

by | 4.10.2014 at 12:47pm
Nairobi, Kenya Met Area CROPPED

In an effort to strengthen and expand public transport in Nairobi, Kenya, the Volvo Research & Educational Foundations is partnering with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development on a new project to improve accessibility in the city.

From Theory to Reality: Closing the Carbon Loop

by | 4.8.2014 at 3:20pm
artificial trees, carbon capture

Carbon capture, storage and reuse has the potential to help us reduce CO2 emissions and combat global warming. The Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy is bringing together experts from an array of fields to assess the state of the technology April 14-16.

Population and Environment Influence Infrastructure Investment in Haiti

by | 1.9.2014 at 5:15pm | 1 Comment
Picture of flood infrastructure. Haiti has high risk for flooding.

The fall 2013 Haiti Dialogue Series focused on the multi-dimensional aspects of implementing Haiti’s National Strategic Development Plan after the 2010 earthquake and featured Frantz Verella, the former minister of public works, transportation and communication of the government of Haiti.

New Predictions of Climate Change’s Impact on Agriculture

by | 12.17.2013 at 3:49pm | 1 Comment
AgMIP, agriculture, climate change

Developing countries are more likely to see a drop in agricultural productivity and increased food prices due to climate change, particularly in tropical regions, according to a set of new studies out this week.

Training for Best Sustainable Practices in Extractive Industries

by | 12.13.2013 at 11:15am
The executive training program's class of 2013.

Large investments in extractive industries such as oil, gas and mining have the potential to be a springboard for development, but these investments often have been a source of corruption, social degradation, resource dependency and environmental catastrophe. How can resource-rich countries faced with this double-edged sword make informed decisions about how to effectively leverage these resources? An executive training program coming in June at Columbia University will be tackling this question.

Map Your Food

by | 12.10.2013 at 4:20pm
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Where does London get its fruit? Where are the “food swamps” in Los Angeles? Where do tomatoes from Spain wind up? Where are the composters in New York City? For lovers of geography, and of the sociology of food, “Food: an atlas” offers lots of informative and curious distraction.

The Rebuild by Design Challenge

by | 11.27.2013 at 11:32am | 1 Comment
Photo: David Shankbone

When Hurricane Sandy hit last October, the vulnerabilities of the New York/New Jersey region to extreme weather were made all too clear. The Rebuild by Design challenge was launched to find the most innovative ways to make the region more resilient and sustainable.

Is Sustainability Sustainable in a Post-Bloomberg NYC?

by | 11.14.2013 at 5:14pm
Cohen, Aggarwala & Mahovski in Low Library

With the end of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s tenure drawing near, many are speculating which of his policies will survive the next administration. New York City’s comprehensive environmental plan, PlaNYC 2030: A Greener, Greater New York, has been championed politically by Bloomberg, but is grounded in science and data, and performance management. It has demonstrated progress, achieving multiple goals for the city, making it appealing to any administration. On Oct. 22, we hosted an event where we posed the question “Is Sustainability Sustainable?” to our guest experts, Rit Aggarwala and Sergej Mahnovski. The answer is simply that it needs to be.

The State and Future of Congestion Pricing in China

by | 11.14.2013 at 4:57pm
Can charging commuters during times of high congestion help solve China's air pollution problem? Photo: Wikimedia commons.

To combat urban air pollution and traffic problems, some propose congestion pricing as a cost-effective policy to reduce pollution and improve productivity through improved travel speeds. Cities in China could implement this policy and ameliorate some of the negative effects of congestion-caused pollution. So why is congestion pricing dead on arrival in China?

The End of Cheap Water?

by | 10.15.2013 at 11:34am | 4 Comments
tampabaydesal

Americans are paying more for water than they did a decade ago, even as water utilities fall into debt and water infrastructure deteriorates, according to a Columbia Water Center report.