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As they grow, cities will consume more land, present greater pollution challenges and concentrate greater shares of global wealth, raising new questions about sustainability and equity in our global society. How can we effectively plan for the influx of people and the inevitable pressure on city resources it will present while fighting urban sprawl? Can social norms, political institutions and even economic activity help us to promote sustainable cities? As more traditional communities transform from smaller, separate townships to sprawling urban centers, how do we reorient our thinking to solve these challenges?
Join us as Dr. Blair Ruble, distinguished scholar at The Woodrow Wilson Center, discusses how we can make the cities of the future more resilient and more equitable.Find out more »
Crossover—Urban Water, Urban Transport, Urban Energy: Transforming Municipal Services and Urban Infrastructure
Program An invitation only luncheon program designed to share, with a broader audience, the findings from the June conference at Wingspread. Hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC) Organizers Meeting of the Minds Urban Sustainability Laboratory at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC) Sponsored by Urban Age InstituteFind out more »
Download the Meeting Report: Download Program The conference’s primary purpose is to engage urban-focused leaders from multiple sectors in joint action: to identify new opportunities for cities to transform their municipal services and their critical urban infrastructure. Addressing the biggest challenges that lay ahead will require accelerating cross-sectoral learning within and between 21st century cities. The organizers and sponsors believe that NOW is the best time for this debate, given the intensifying debate about the huge scale (and hidden costs) associated with deferred investments.…Find out more »