Before appointing an architect, a client must be clear on what they consider to be a sustainable building. In 2005 I arrived to project manage the LSE’s New Academic Building, the retrofit of an Edwardian building on Lincoln’s Inn Fields by Grimshaw Architects. The brief called for ‘the highest standards of life cycle maintenance, access, energy efficiency and sustainability.’ But what did this mean? There were no targets, measurables or details, and most importantly no contractual commitments.
These challenges provide an opportunity to demonstrate that growth can occur at lower rates of environmental degradation, albeit innovations required on a wider canvas to deliver sustainable urban development.
Dr. Seetharaman says that urban equity ensures redistributive mechanisms are put in place for a fair, more efficient use of resources, skills and opportunities. One of the key challenges faced by the world is rapid urbanisation. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the global agency for human settlements and sustainable urban development, has noted that cities face unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges with six out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030.
The UN Global Compact has introduced a set of global voluntary business principles for the food and agriculture sector.
Happy days are here for Saudi Arabia‘s environmentalists. In early March, the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) announced a decree giving all companies five years to meet new air, water and noise pollution standards. All projects must fit into Saudi’s plan for international development, and must meet international benchmarks standards as part of the PME’s environmental plan to protect Saudi’s health and natural resources. The new regulations align with rules approved by Saudi’s Council of Ministers in 2008.
Located just northwest of Calgary, it might be easy to think of Cochrane as a bedroom community.
But Cochrane has long carved out its own unique identity and prides itself on being a sustainable, independent place to live.
The Cochrane Sustainability Plan was launched in 2008 in hopes of driving more sustainable development in the town, from retail and industry, to responsible stewardship of the environment.
With the deadline for achieving the millennium development goals less than two years away, international attention is shifting toward forming sustainable development goals for the post-2015 agenda. As we move forward, we must not pursue environmental sustainability at the expense of poor people’s food security and nutrition; the agenda must be people-focused. We must adopt a win-win strategy that promotes synergies and manages trade-offs between environmental sustainability, food security and improved nutrition, but this will require concerted efforts.