Monday, August 8, 2011

Standards and Frameworks for Sustainable Cities

This section is focused on systems used by cities and communities to plan, implement and monitor sustainability programs.   Please share information and resources on this vitally important subject.

Urban Environmental Accords

The Urban Environmental Accords were developed and signed by over 60 international mayors during the United Nations Environment Programme World Environment Day, on June 5th,2005 in San Francisco, California. The Accords have served as a model for other frameworks, outlining the 7 key areas:

Renewable Energy-Energy Efficiency-Climate Change

Water Reduction
Zero Waste-Manufacturer Responsibility-Consumer Responsibility

Urban Design
Green Building-Urban Planning-Slums

Urban Nature
Parks-Habitat Restoration-Wildlife

Public Transportation-Clean Vehicles-Reducing Congestion

Environmental Health
Toxic Reduction-Healthy Food Systems-Clean Air 

Water Access & efficiency-Source Water Conservation- Waste Water Reduction

Check that out : International Ecocity Framework and Standards  from EcoCity Builders :

EcoCity Builders and the International Ecocity Conference is establishing the International Ecocity Framework and Standards, working with a diverse group including  representatives, employees and associates of the Chinese Academy of  Sciences, University of Manchester, British Columbia Institute of  Technology, University of British Columbia, University of California at  Berkeley, University of Montreal, Simon Fraser University, Tribhuvan  University, The Ecological Society of China, World Wildlife Foundation  US, Ecocity Builders, Urban Ecology Montreal, The One Earth Initiative,  HealthBridge, Consensus Institute, Urban Resource Systems, Novatek, The  Helen and William Mazer Foundation, Ecopolis Architects, and Wayne State  University.