Disaster damage assessment in the U.S. is increasingly important as natural hazard-induced disasters (e.g., hurricanes) are breaking records nearly every year, costing the nation hundreds of billions of dollars per year. However, the current practiceRead more
Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically.
However, many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure.
The challenges cities face can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. The future we want includes cities of opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.
Learn more at: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/cities/
When an earthquake or a major storm strikes, roads can become littered with debris, which makes rescue and relief operations that much more difficult. Ozlem Ergun, a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at NortheasternRead more
Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Nigeria, rely heavily on fossil fuels for both export earnings and citizens’ incomes. In recent years, Nigeria has been investing in renewable energy and resources to make use of theRead more
Cities are actively looking for ways to reduce air pollution, but many are running into issues with establishing effective strategies and dealing with all of the complexities of public policy. Researchers in this study performedRead more
Over the years, recycling has allowed for a 186 million metric ton reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers looks to further that reduction by integrating concrete into the recycling process. As the construction market continuesRead more
Energy used for building climate control makes up over half of all energy usage in the residential and commercial sector. In order to lower this consumption, researchers at Nanyang Technological University developed a way toRead more
Traffic congestion is a major problem in many urban areas, and has a significant effect on gas consumption and carbon dioxide emissions throughout the world. In the case of a natural disaster, traffic becomes anRead more
Sustainability has become one of the crucial topics of interest worldwide across the people in academia, industry and governments. Decision making initiatives have been supported with ample quantitative Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methods significantly inRead more
Description Structures are a necessary part of the societal landscape and impact the environment through energy and raw material consumption, waste generation, and greenhouse gas emission. The bulk of the environmental impact comes from theRead more
Description Many process improvement efforts are partial or complete failures. Process improvement in the public sector is even more daunting. This report describes the challenges, program components, change management strategy, and lessons learned from aRead more