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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Firsthand Lesson in Resilience

The OAS Sustainable Cities Course in Miraflores, Peru—an affluent district within the sprawling capital city of Lima—was supposed to take place in March. Then came the punishing rains and floods brought by an especially severe version of a localized climate phenomenon known as a “Coastal El Niño.” The course took place April 19-22 instead, with the importance of sustainable cities and resilience to hazards still fresh on participants’ minds.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

An Island Perspective on Sustainability

What does it mean to become a more sustainable community? In a small island country like Saint Kitts and Nevis, it means that challenges such as marine conservation, beach protection, and resilience to natural hazards have a prominent place on the agenda, alongside more traditional urban concerns such as traffic congestion and waste reduction. All those issues and more were on the table when the 13th edition of the Sustainable Cities Course took place May 31-June 3 in Basseterre, the country’s capital.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

DID YOU KNOW…

Enough sunlight reaches the earth’s surface each minute to satisfy the world’s energy demands—for an entire year.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Project Competition Spurs Creativity

A Sustainable Cities Competition held in Miraflores, Peru, drew more than 100 proposals on how to make that part of Lima even more environmentally friendly than it already is. The competition—held in conjunction with the Sustainable Cities Course that took place in that city in April—ended on Earth Day, with a project fair in a city park. There, the top 10 teams gave presentations explaining their ideas, and the three winning projects were announced.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES SPECIAL EDITION

More than four out of five people in Latin America and the Caribbean now live in cities. This creates major challenges—more pollution, snarled traffic, decaying infrastructure, rising energy demands, and greater vulnerability to natural disasters, to name just a few—and is prompting local government officials to take the lead on sustainability. In the last several years, the Organization of American States (OAS) has supported such efforts, under the umbrella of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), through an initiative called Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean.
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