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5 Urbanization
Pages 37-42

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From page 37...
... Workshop presenter Marc Weiss of Global Urban Development recalled that at the 2002 UN World Summit for Sustainable Development, urbanization was barely on the agenda. Now, urbanization is recognized as an important phenomenon to address to operationalize sustainability.
From page 38...
... For example, restoring wetlands and urban forests can bolster food security, provide flood and drought relief, buffer urban heat island effects, and reduce air pollution, as well as provide city dwellers mental and physical relief from stress. Transitioning to low-carbon (e.g., bike-friendly or busbased)
From page 39...
... Much progress has been made, but Leonardsen acknowledged "the last mile is difficult." The key goals in the Copenhagen Climate Action Plan are to reduce energy consumption, reorient energy production to wind and other renewable sources, increase green mobility, and change how the city itself delivers results. Circular Copenhagen has set specific targets related to recycling, carbon dioxide reduction, and reuse of materials.
From page 40...
... "People, places, and organizations get richer by becoming greener," Weiss said, through: Green savings: Cutting costs of businesses, families, communities, and •  governments by efficiently using renewable resources and by reducing and reusing waste Green opportunities: Growing jobs and incomes through business devel •  opment and expanding markets for resources efficiency, sustainability, and clean technologies Green talent: Investing in fundamental assets such as education, research, •  technological innovation, and modern entrepreneurial and workforce skills Green places: Establishing sustainable transportation and infrastructure, •  and protecting and enhancing the natural and built environment, to create more attractive, livable, healthy, productive, and resource-efficient areas and communities Porto Alegre Sustainable Innovation Zone (ZISPOA) GUD has been involved in a World Bank-funded strategy for the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.
From page 41...
... A bottom-up approach, with neither state nor city officials in charge, involves civil society, academia, business, and government. Elements for change include taking action and producing results to show what sustainable improvements will look like; participatory inclusiveness; and independent nonpartisanship to survive electoral changes in political leadership.
From page 42...
... • Explore how to conduct research on systemic equity and power that aligns with research on environmental and economic transitions, because this research is often conducted in silos. POSSIBLE ACTIONABLE STEPS FOR URBANIZATION The committee identified the following possible actionable steps to operationalize sustainable development in the area of urbanization: • Urban leaders and planners could convene diverse, inclusive groups in workshops to focus on the key research priorities addressed above in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and global conflicts.

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