climate change

Seminar: Green Space in a Resilient City

We held a seminar with speakers Paul Blaschke, Myfanwy Emeny and Peter Gilberd. When we think of resilient cities do we consider the role of green space? Does the supply of adequate green space conflict or compete with other necessary components of urban infrastructure? What more would we want from our green spaces in a city like Wellington? Video coming.

Posted in climate change and health and news & events and NZ policy issues and urban design on 9 August 2017 – 12:54 pm

Media release: Progress slow on Wellington and Auckland’s carbon emissions

Monday, 19 June 2017 Associate Professor Ralph Chapman was lead author of a Victoria University of Wellington-led study which suggests that despite strong goals adopted by Wellington and Auckland, the cities still have a way to go in reducing carbon emissions from transport.

Posted in behaviour change and climate change and energy and health and news & events and NZ policy issues and transport on 22 June 2017 – 4:21 pm

Media release: Setting the world on a course toward sustainable development

Tuesday, 6 June 2017 A major new report by Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman and others on the challenge of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals has just been been released. 

Posted in behaviour change and climate change and health and news & events on 9 June 2017 – 4:36 pm

Video: Investing for Sustainable Transport

We held a seminar with speakers Nadine Dodge and Kain Glensor. Transport is a huge contributor to total carbon emissions in New Zealand so it is an obvious area to focus on if we want to become a low carbon economy. But to what extent do central government transport policies support climate change mitigation? And why has it been so difficult to achieve cuts in carbon emissions in the transport sector? View the event video.

Posted in climate change and energy and health and news & events and NZ policy issues and transport and video & audio on 9 June 2017 – 11:05 am

Urbanisation: How do we get it right?

At the UN’s Habitat III conference in Ecuador, world leaders and urban experts signed up to a New Urban Agenda, a blueprint setting global standards in sustainable city development. We love these two thought-provoking articles on the future of cities: Stern and Zenghelis on humankind’s great urbanisation; and Timon McPhearson and colleagues on how scientists must have a say in the future of cities …

Posted in behaviour change and climate change and urban design and urban governance on 1 December 2016 – 1:18 pm