UrbanAround 2010, we quietly crossed a threshold in the history of society in which more than half of the global population lived in urban areas. By 2050, between seven and eight out of every ten people living on Earth will be part of a city. Cities offer promising opportunities for innovation, efficiency, and improved quality of life that contribute to measures of development, but they also exert pressure on the systems that support them. Ecosystem services, food and water supply, energy delivery and consumption, waste and water management systems, and social infrastructure systems are all taxed as population and density increases, and need to be managed accordingly to ensure environmental sustainability and continued improvements in social conditions.
Taking a systems approach, CLiGS is exploring and advancing the interventions different stakeholders are deploying to affect the sustainability of urbanization as a process and the systems that support cities.
- Work with Arlington County on the Arlington Community Energy Plan
- Partnered with American Institute of Architects Housing Knowledge Community and Dali University to explore sustainable housing in Yunnan Province, China
- Exploration of informal settlements in South Africa and India
- Exploration of human-wildlife conflict between Bengal Tiger populations and local communities in India
- Assessment of institutional systems supporting green infrastructure development in the US
- Case study development for report to Rio +20 on the role of cities in the green economy