English| Spanish *This blog originally appeared on the IDB's Viva Sustainability blog on Monday, May 2, 2016 At the IDB we set ourselves the complex task of not only achieving a common agreement on what sustainable infrastructure entails, but making it a top development priority in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB’s Sustainable Infrastructure Strategy states that … [Read more...] about Sustainable Infrastructure: What’s next?
English | Español The city of Nassau is the capital and the largest city of The Bahamas. Over the past three decades, the country’s population rose by 81%, and it is precisely New Providence Island—home to the city of Nassau—the area that has experienced the largest population influx. The Greater Nassau Area offers a rich history, culture, and natural environment for the … [Read more...] about 5 steps towards a more sustainable Nassau
English | Español Infrastructure is at the core of livable, sustainable cities. Access to and quality of infrastructure services can determine how long our commute is; the size of a city’s carbon footprint; and even our odds of getting sick, to say the least. It has been well established among urban economists that the availability of sound infrastructure is necessary for … [Read more...] about Financing Urban Infrastructure in Emerging Cities: Betterment Levies
English | Español Last week, 195 nations took an important step towards avoiding the most dangerous impacts of climate change when laying out a framework to cut global greenhouse gas emissions at the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. While the biggest challenges lie still ahead, many observers see the agreement as a clear signal for change in how … [Read more...] about Creating Momentum for Change in Latin American and Caribbean Cities
Drawing on natural ecosystems in order to create innovative solutions, biomimicry has been inspiring designers for decades, many times without our full understanding of this discipline. Yet creative minds around the world have been increasingly turning to biomimicry–banyan tree leaves, butterfly wings, a bird's beak–for new, sustainable and ecofriendly designs. This approach … [Read more...] about Biomimicry: Designing Cities According to Nature