• Case study

    Rio Operations Center

    December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

    The Rio Operations Center, inaugurated in December 2010, integrates the data and monitoring functions of approximately 30 municipal and state agencies and corresponding utilities under one roof. The center is meant to optimize city functioning, especially in the face of large-scale events, and to respond proactively to emergency situations.

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    Porto Maravilha: Urban Waterfront Revitalization

    December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

    With the impetus of rising real estate prices, a series of world-class mega-events, the 450th anniversary of Rio de Janeiro, and continued economic growth, the City has cooperated with the federal and state governments, private interests, and the local community to create the extensive Porto Maravilha (Marvelous Port) project to revitalize the area. Porto Maravilha aims to increase the number of residents in the region and provide new commercial and industrial space in a sustainable, equitable, and livable way.

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    Morar Carioca "Verde": Greener Development

    December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

    The Rio de Janeiro Municipal Secretariat of Housing (SMH) made respect for the environment a core principle of its interventions in the "favelas" (slums) of the City. To further promote this principle, SMH is piloting a "green" ("Verde") approach to the Morar Carioca program in the South Zone favelas of Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira. With "Verde," SMH has sought to incorporate sustainability into each step of the project.

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    Asta Social Business

    December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

    Asta, a social business and producers/direct-sales network, has worked since 2008 to "transform lives by producing 'for good'"-promoting the production and distribution of quality goods that also do good for those in the network and Brazilian society at large. Founded and headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Asta seeks to decrease inequality, increase market access for low-income artisans and entrepreneurs-especially women-and mobilize the consumer market for socially and environmentally beneficial goods.

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    Gramacho Landfill Gas to Energy System

    December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

    Through a plan to install a methane capture system throughout the landfill, Novo Gramacho Energia Ambiental and Companhia Municipal de Limpeza Urbana (COMLURB) were able to leverage Clean Development Mechanism financing to reduce the climate change impact of the Gramacho operations and to create a potential income stream for these actors in the future, through sell-back of the energy to a nearby Petrobras facility.

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