2013

2013

"Dialogue to Global Mayors" 2013 issue#04

Eco-innovation is the development of products and processes that contribute to sustainable development, applying the commercial application of knowledge to elicit direct or indirect ecological improvements. This includes a range of related ideas, from environmentally friendly technological advances to socially acceptable innovative paths towards sustainability. Technological innovation and demand management offer great opportunities for developing smarter cities that will allow their residents to flourish. This new issue of Dialogue to Global Mayors focuses on the effect of advanced environmental and clean energy technologies on urban sustainable development, and the importance of proper demand management in building an ecological city. In December 2013, the Secretariat of Global Mayors’ Forum published the fourth issue of “Dialogue to Global Mayors 2013” E-magazine. Each issue is focused on one of the Ten Melbourne Principles, in this case——“Promote sustainable production and consumption, through appropriate use of environmentally sound technologies and effectiv...

"Dialogue to Global Mayors" 2013 issue#03

The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on the Earth's ecosystems. It is a standardized measure of demand for natural capital that may be contrasted with the planet's ecological capacity to regenerate. It represents the amount of biologically productive land and sea area necessary to supply the resources a human population consumes, and to assimilate associated waste. Using this assessment, it is possible to estimate how much of the Earth (or how many planet Earths) it would take to support humanity if everybody followed a given lifestyle. This issue of Dialogue to Global Mayors focuses on how cities around the world perform in ecological footprint evaluations and discusses how countries, cities, organizations, families and individuals take action to reduce their ecological footprints. In October 2013, the Secretariat of Global Mayors’ Forum published the third issue of “Dialogue to Global Mayors 2013” E-magazine. Each issue is focused on one of the Ten Melbourne Principles, in this case——“Enable communities...

"Dialogue to Global Mayors" 2013 issue#02

Biological diversity, or biodiversity, refers to the variety of species of plants, animals and microorganisms on earth, as well as the genetic variety within each species and the variety of ecosystems on earth. Cities have a unique role in guarding biodiversity, through protection and restoration of habitat and green space, reduction of resource use, and influencing national policy. This issue of Dialogue to Global Mayors highlights a wide variety of approaches that cities as diverse as Tokyo, Edmonton, Cape Town, Brisbane and Hyderabad amongst others are doing to protect and enhance their biodiversity. In July 2013, the Secretariat of Global Mayors’ Forum published the second issue of “Dialogue to Global Mayors 2013” E-magazine. Each issue is focused on one of the Ten MelbournePrinciples, in this case—— Recognize the intrinsic value of biodiversity and natural ecosystems, and protect and restore them. We called for papers on the theme of biodiversity through our global network of mayors and specialists, and received an overwhelming respons...

"Dialogue to Global Mayors" 2013 issue#01

ow-Carbon Sustainable Cities(2013 ISSUE # 1) Cities emit between 70 and 80 percent of global greenhouse gases but offer the greatest opportunities for GHG reductions. Strategic green interventions in urban transportation, buildings, energy and water production and use, waste management, green space and habitat protection, etc. can all make significant contributions to GHG reductions through better and more efficient resource use. This issue of the Dialogue to Global Mayors covers a diversity of approaches to GHG reduction and urban sustainability being taken in cities such as Dublin, Stuttgart, Salzburg, Oldenburg, Suriago, Gold Coast, Maribor, Copenhagen, Novosibirsk, Burnaby, Anchorage, Agueda, etc. In April 2013, the Secretariat of Global Mayors’ Forum published the first periodical issue of “Dialogue to Global Mayors 2013” E-magazine, which issue is focused on sustainable urban development. We called for papers on the theme of sustainable development through our global network of mayors and specialists, and received an overwhelming response from China and over...

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