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Report/Paper: Global Dashboard: A Tale of Two Cities
Published 29 January 2009 by Global Dashboard (original article)

This paper on cities and climate change, published by the British Council and Global Dashboard, explores the major challenges facing cities as unprecedented urbanization, resource scarcity and climate change combine to form an unstable blend of uncertainty, opportunities and risks.

Portland Planning Bureau and Office of Sustainable Development combined
Published 16 December 2008 by The Oregonian (original article)

Changes in Portland, Ore. bureaus by mayor-elect Sam Adams reflect a commitment to sustainability as a guiding principle in planning decisions, not an add-on. Earlier this week, his office announced that the city's Office of Sustainable Development (created in 2000) would merge with the Bureau of Planning to form the Bureau of Sustainable Planning & Development.

The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute 18th Annual Land Use Conference
March 5, 2009 - Mar 6 2009
Published by Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute (original article)

Sustainability: Beyond the Platitudes
The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute hosts the largest land use
law and planning conference in the nation. Join them for a wide range of presentations on land use, land use law, and sustainability.

Book: Planning for a Sustainable Future - A Guide for Local Governments
Published 1 November 2008 by U.S. EPA (original article)

More and more community leaders and citizens are re-thinking how local systems operate and realizing the environmental, financial and community health benefits of creating a more sustainable future for their citizens. Graduate students from Columbia University designed this handbook, released by the U.S. EPA, to help your city go green.

Urban Research Symposium: "Cities and Climate Change: Responding to an Urgent Agenda"
June 28, 2009 - Jun 30 2009
Published by The World Bank Urban Development Unit (original article)

At a time when climate change is a major priority for the international community, this Symposium aims at pushing forward the research agenda on climate change from a city's perspective. Specifically, the main questions will be structured around the impacts of city and urban growth on climate change; measuring and anticipating the consequences of climate change on urban quality of life, city assets, and local and national economies; and assessing alternatives to increase the resilience of cities and related costs and incentives required for successful implementation.

We need to get smarter about sustainability

Academic thinking about sustainability has progressed quite a bit since the days of the Brundtland Commission and the Earth Summit. Our practice of sustainability, however, has lagged. With global warming and peak oil at our doorstep, we have no time to waste to turn theory into practice.

Energy issues in the academy

Colleges and universities can be powerful social actors, with their large populations, research facilities, and significant budgets. How are they acting with respect to climate and energy issues?

Visit low-carbon Honolulu, only 2,500 miles away!

I've always been wary of city sustainability rankings (Warren Karlenzig's top-notch How Green Is Your City? excepted). A recent Brookings Institution report of the carbon emissions of the 100 largest U.S. cities is a case in point.

Re-Imagining Cities: Urban Design After Oil
November 6, 2008 - Nov 8 2008
Published by University of Pennsylvania (original article)

This ground-breaking symposium has been organized to address the role of urban design in the face of one of the most profound and important challenges facing global society: the need to re-imagine and rethink how cities are designed and organized in a future without the plentiful and abundant oil upon which prosperous urban economies have been built.

Urban Growth Without Sprawl: A Way Towards Sustainable Urbanization
September 19, 2008 - Sep 23 2008
Published by International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) (original article)

For ISOCARP's 44th Congress, taking place in the city of Dalian, China, the theme is "Urban growth without sprawl," a goals of city planning that is in striking contrast with the reality of rapid urban development all over the world.

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