A raft of transformative and inspiring policies by cities and local governments, which can assist in creating a sustainable 21st century, were spotlighted in a new report released today by ICLEI – Local Government for Sustainability and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
On April 9 the one day conference SUSTAIN: Vancouver was held at Vancouver Art Gallery
‘SUSTAIN: Vancouver explores this corner of the world as a model for a larger dialogue about how to shape our experience of the urban and consider meaningful ways of living together for the years to come. From farming to architecture, to new technology, to grassroots activism, this day of conversations looks at how creative and critical practices share varied understandings of the contemporary reality and anticipate different paradigms for the future.’
Speakers included academics and design professionals from North America. The conference was reported by the Chinese New Agency – Xinhua which gave some interesting excerpts from the conference including Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon, Principal of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg (PFS)
“I think there needs to be a larger sustainable strategy in place for looking at kinds of cultural infrastructures, historical infrastructures of the city and how you can incorporate that into new development. I think it is possible to achieve density and maintain those crucial historical elements of the city,”
The Xinhua article gives a good overview but I hope that more appears in the media and on video sites.
American Planning Association (APA) President Bruce Knight, FAICP, at the United Nation’s Fifth World Urban Forum (WUF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil announced the Sustaining Places Initiative will focus on the role of planning in addressing the entire set of human settlement issues relating to sustainability.
The initiative will establish a Sustaining Places Task Force that will focus on the use of the comprehensive plan as the leading policy document and tool to help communities of all sizes achieve sustainability. Work of the task force will include a survey of existing best practices, evolving needs and practices and the ways in which practices should change in the future in order for the comprehensive plan to better achieve its role as the leading policy document.