The Circular City: What Is It and How Do We Get There

October 3, 2017 by  
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Cities are the engines of modern economic activity — generating 85 percent of today’s GDP. But this comes at a cost: urban communities consume 75 percent of the world’s natural resources, generate half of all global waste, and create two-thirds of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Building the Future, Jason McLennan, CEO, McLennan Design

October 3, 2017 by  
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The co-author of the Living Building Challenge and one of the world’s most admired thinkers in green building shows how the future of the built environment is manifesting today. 

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VERGE Accelerate Pitch: RosettaBlock, Jason Trager

October 3, 2017 by  
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A pitch competition that provides entrepreneurs in energy, buildings, transportation, supply chains, water, food, and cities the opportunity to present to the diverse VERGE community: executives from the world’s largest companies, public officials from progressive cities, venture capitalists, and others.

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VERGE Accelerate Pitch: Renewal Workshop, Jeff Denby

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A pitch competition that provides entrepreneurs in energy, buildings, transportation, supply chains, water, food, and cities the opportunity to present to the diverse VERGE community: executives from the world’s largest companies, public officials from progressive cities, venture capitalists, and others.

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Sustainability in the Age of Megacities and On-Demand Consumerism

October 2, 2017 by  
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As rapid urbanization collides with on-demand consumerism, the world faces unprecedented sustainability challenges. Across sectors businesses are being tasked with developing solutions to meet consumer expectations, while simultaneously minimizing their environmental impact.

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Sustainability in the Age of Megacities and On-Demand Consumerism

October 2, 2017 by  
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As rapid urbanization collides with on-demand consumerism, the world faces unprecedented sustainability challenges. Across sectors businesses are being tasked with developing solutions to meet consumer expectations, while simultaneously minimizing their environmental impact.

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To unleash global innovation, think local

September 19, 2017 by  
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Innovation is needed to bring America, and the world, across the renewable energy finish line. How do you cultivate an environment where utilities, regulators and buyers will increase their risk appetite? Start with local solutions to the energy transition. 

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3 principles of resilience to keep heads above water

September 8, 2017 by  
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Too many communities around the world aren’t capable of handling their own Hurricane Harvey.

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Defining the affordable path to Hawaii’s renewable future

September 8, 2017 by  
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Sponsored: A broad coalition of stakeholders can protect the public’s interest.

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France aims to become the first country to ban all fossil fuel production

September 6, 2017 by  
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To meet its carbon neutral goal by 2050, the French government plans to phase out all oil and gas production in the country and its overseas territories by 2040. President Emmanuel Macron is introducing legislation to the French Cabinet with the hope of passing the measure by the end of 2017. If the bill passes, France would be the first country in the world to ban all fossil fuel production. As a result of the bill’s passing, the government would no longer issue any exploration permits for gas and oil, and all present allowances would be phased out over the next twenty-two years. Even though fracking is illegal in the country, the bill would go one step further and prohibit all methods — both current and proposed. “The law will halt the exploitation of hydrocarbons in our territory; existing concessions cannot be renewed beyond 2040,” states the bill draft. France, the same country that banned supermarkets from purposefully wasting food , is in an ideal situation to pass the ban. As Gizmodo reports, France’s dependence on fossil fuels is very low. The country only produces about six million barrels of hydrocarbons per year, ranking it 71st in the world. In contrast, the United States, Russia , Canada and a handful of Middle Eastern Nations rely heavily on fossil fuel extractions. Russia, for example, produces 10.5 million barrels each day. Related: Futuristic tiny homes in France look like they’re from Mars Because France’s present-day consumption of oil and gas represents just one percent of its total consumption, the country will continue to import and refine oil after 2040. France’s leading oil company, Total, has been granted permission to locate oil deposits in overseas territories. It is unclear how the new legislation will affect the company. Other measures adopted by France include plans to stop generating electricity from coal by 2022 and to reduce its share of nuclear in its power generation by approximately 25 percent. The move is largely symbolic, since France only gets 1% of its fuel within the country, but it is a clear indication that the country is taking its carbon goals seriously. Via  New York Times , Gizmodo Images via Pixabay , President of Russia , and Depositphotos

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