State of the World: Can a City Be Sustainable? Launch [Event and Live Webcast]

Event Date: 
May 10, 2016 - 1:00pm
1400 16th Street NW

Join the Worldwatch Institute for the launch of 

State of the World: Can a City Be Sustainable?


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

1:00-5:00 PM EST

Reception to follow

1400 16th Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20036

Near Dupont Circle Metro

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Join us to discover the most pressing challenges facing cities and the most promising solutions currently being developed.

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Cities are the world’s future. Today, more than half of the global population—3.9 billion people—are urban dwellers and that number is expected to double by 2050. There is no question cities are growing; the only debate is over how they will grow. Will we invest in the physical and social infrastructure necessary for livable, equitable, and sustainable cities? 

In the latest edition of State of the World, experts from around the globe examine the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profile cities that are putting them into practice. We first put our current moment in context, tracing cities in the arc of human history, and examine the basic structural elements of every city: materials and fuels, people and economics, and biodiversity.

We examine cross-cutting issues that affect the success of all cities. Topics range from the nitty-gritty of handling waste and developing public transportation to civic participation and navigating dysfunctional government. Throughout, we will discover the most pressing challenges facing communities and the most promising solutions currently being developed. The result is a snapshot of cities today and a vision for global urban sustainability tomorrow.

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 1:05Introduction Ed Groark
 1:15Sustainable Urbania: A Guided Tour  Gary Gardner
 1:35Cities and Climate Change: The Scope of the Challenge Tom Prugh
 2:05Urban Solutions: Transport, Buildings, Energy Michael Renner
 2:25Urban Water Resource Recovery Bill Brower
 2:40Sustainable Transport Solutions for Today and Tomorrow Colin Hughes
 3:25Introduction Gary Gardner
 3:30Energizing a Sustainable City Anmol Vanamali
 3:45Urban Low Carbon Opportunities and Cost Benefit Mapping Gregory Kats
 4:10Cities as Leaders Ed Groark
 4:20USDN & STAR: How Cities are Leading the Way Garrett Fitzgerald