English | Español | Portugués Rural-urban migration has fueled the growth of emerging cities in Latin America and the Caribbean, like Goiânia, Brazil (1.3 million) and Cochabamba, Bolivia (1.5 million), putting stress on urban infrastructure and water and energy resources. The United Nations initiative Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) has three goals - to provide … [Read more...] about Could Universal Energy Access Help Slow the Growth of Our Cities?
Invisible women? In predominantly male sectors like energy and urban planning, women are mostly invisible players. Women, especially in developing countries, have little say over energy choices and the use of renewable energy given that culturally, men are the primary decision-makers. And yet women are still the primary household energy managers, which means energy poverty … [Read more...] about 2 Ways Sustainable Energy Could Make Cities Safer for Women
Español | English It is clear that the rate of recycling in our cities could be higher, but it is harder to find the best mechanism to achieve it. Many policies have looked to economic solutions to incentivize a change in habits. For example, the Limpinho 3R program allows diligent users to accrue tradable points and exchange them for goods and services. Limpinho’s … [Read more...] about Recycling: The Price is Right
Co-authored with Winston Von Engel, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Español | English … [Read more...] about Downtown makes you smarter. Learning from Las Vegas
In aspect and basic design, electric bikes, or e-bikes, do not differ from the traditional two-wheel, human-powered bicycle. E-bikes simply add a nifty feature to the centuries-old crank technology: a rechargeable, battery-powered motor that supplements pedaling speed for the rider in need, whether on a steep hill or during a particularly long-ride. E-bike users in Buenos … [Read more...] about Electric Bikes in Latin America: A Sustainable Transport Alternative?