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/

Food Systems Projects Between Schools and Nonprofits – IISE SDD Webinar

The following webinar was hosted by the IISE Sustainable Development Division, as part of their mission to help align Industrial and Systems Engineers with organizations working on the UN Sustainable Development goals. Watch the video,

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Carbon capture and storage: A feasible way to achieve climate goals – ISE Magazine

New technology can help reduce greenhouse emissions from manufacturing In 2019, we noted several important events related to climate change. In both the United Nations’ leaders meeting in September and the G7 meeting in France

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Sustainable Development Division Call for Papers for 2020 Conference in New Orleans

Call for AbstractsSustainable Development Track2020 IISE Annual Conference & ExpoHyatt Regency New OrleansNew Orleans, LAMay 30 – June 1, 2020Deadline for abstract submission is November 8, 2019Abstract SubmissionConference Site Dear Colleagues: We invite you to

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New York’s Climate Change Move – ISE Magazine

Nabil Nasr wrote an article in the September 2019 edition of ISE magazine, describing New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) passed in June 2019. Informally, CLCPA was called the New York Green

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Damage Assessment on Post-Hurricane Imagery – IISE Webinar

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 practice

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Tools To Help Cities Rebound When Disaster Make Roads Impassable

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 Northeastern

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Renewable Energy Adoption: Analysis of Barriers and Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

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 the

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Recyclable Fine Aggregates in Concrete

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 continues

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