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International Symposium on Urban Living Labs

By Editor on 27th January 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 09:30 to Friday, February 26, 2016 - 16:00

Newcastle University

Urban living labs provide an environment for researchers and users to co-create learning, innovation, sustainable behaviours and resilient agency through real-world urban observation, research and full scale experimentation. This International Symposium will bring together urban living labs from around the world to share practical and scientific experiences.

A new Policy Note from the Institute for Sustainability at Newcastle University provides a brief overview of how natural engineering approaches to flood management work and why they are effective.

Healthy Buildings: The Role of Products

By Editor on 13th January 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 13:30 to 17:30

UCL, London

In the aftermath of storm Desmond, this report by Climate Outreach (formerly COIN) can be seen as being of particular relevance.

Three linked technical reports recently published by the European Environment Agency look at resource efficiency issues in urban areas.  They analyse the challenges faced by cities and some solutions developed to meet these, including governance and finding ways of engaging society in the decision-making process.

Urban sustainability issues – what is a resource efficient city? introduces the concept of urban metabolism, the circular model and the role of compactness in urban resource efficiency

EVALUATE is a five-year European Research Council funded project which aims to investigate the manner in which urban institutional structures, built tissues and everyday practices shape energy vulnerability at a variety of geographical scales.

Adaptation Scotland recently launched two projects – Climate Ready Places and also the Climate Ready Biosphere Vision and Action Plan, produced in conjunction with Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere.

Researchers in the Netherlands analysed ten innovative techniques in road infrastructure in order to develop an insight for policy makers and researchers on their potential impact for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. 

Towards a Smart Energy City: mapping a path for Bristol

By Editor on 2nd December 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Monday, December 14, 2015 - 14:00 to 17:00

Bristol, UK

The Centre for Sustainable Energy, which leads the Bristol Smart Energy City Collaboration, is holding a seminar to share the initial road map and proposed key next steps for 2016 towards Bristol’s ambitions to become the UK’s first smart energy city.

Urban Indicators for Sustainable Cities

By Editor on 25th November 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

Urban sustainability indicators are tools that allow planners, managers and policymakers to gauge the socio-economic and environmental impact of existing urban designs, infrastructures, policies, waste disposal systems, pollution and citizens’ access to services. They allow cities to monitor the success of sustainability interventions.