The World Bank's website has a great update on the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Mayors Summit, cities' increasing role in combating climate change, and the World Bank's new study "Climate Change, Disaster Risk and the Urban Poor."
Formerly a freight yard, the Bahnstadt area will now house a sustainable city district where all the buildings are being built to meet strict energy efficiency standards. The city of Heidelberg, Germany is building one of the world’s largest developments of passive housing – buildings that are highly energy efficient. The district, known as the Bahnstadt, is being built around three core concepts: reduce energy need, generage energy cleanly and efficiently and use that energy as efficiently as possible.
Good morning! Yesterday was a full day at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Mayors Summit. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and the World Bank Group announced a groundbreaking partnership that will help cities accelerate actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and become more resilient to climate change. C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick and President Bill Clinton addressed the C40 Cities Mayors Summit.
Houston boasts 14 LEED-certified buildings, including Texas’s first LEED-Platinum skyscraper, 717 Texas. LEED-Platinum is the highest-ranking a U.S. building can receive under the commonly-used US Green Building Council system. ura Spanjian, Sustainability Director for the City of Houston, spoke on today’s session on Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings. Here’s some more information on some of the interesting work Houston is doing right now to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Brad Johnson at ThinkProgress Green has a great post on the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Summit featuring an interview with Simon Reddy, C40 Executive Director for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.