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Buildings and Cities

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Emrys Golden

Oregon State University

Student

By 2050, two-thirds of the world's population will be living in cities.  The energy required to heat, cool, and electrify the world's cities makes the Buildings and Cities sector central to climate change.  Project Drawdown identifies a wide array of strategies--efficient heating, cooling, infrastructure, and advanced materials--that could achieve in excess of 50 gigatons of CO2 emissions reduction.  

This collection features stories (see below) that display a wide range of responses to the challenge of building efficient and sustainable buildings and cities.  In Columbia and Singapore, recycled building materials and vertical urban gardens mark the cutting edge of large scale sustainable urban solutions; Detroit, Michigan has switched its street lamps to LED bulbs, the city of Vancouver, B.C. has strategically transitioned into a more bike friendly town by separating bike lanes from cars, resulting in a 60% increase in bicycle commuting.  Across the United States and Europe, city planners have realized that the same barriers necessary to keep pedestrians safe can also encourage foot traffic. Solutions in this sector are included in the Drawdown Ecochallenge actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM STORY COLLECTIONS RELATED TO PROJECT DRAWDOWN. 

Stories In This Collection (5)

As Seattle struggles with bike lanes, Vancouver, B.C., has won the battle

As Seattle struggles with bike lanes, Vancouver...
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Building Better Cities

Building Better Cities
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Investing in Energy Efficiency Pays Off

Investing in Energy Efficiency Pays Off
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LED street lighting kindles interest in Michigan

LED street lighting kindles interest in Michigan
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Why your favorite bench might be there to thwart a terrorist attack

Why your favorite bench might be there to thwar...
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