Seminar: Cities tackling climate change: the European Climate-KIC

You are warmly invited to a seminar with Ian Short. Ian is chief executive of the Institute for Sustainability in the UK, and governing board member of the Climate-KIC, set up by the European Commission in 2010 to become Europe’s catalyst for climate change innovation. Date: Thursday 5 March, Venue: Adam Auditorium, ground floor, City Gallery, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington, Time: 12 noon – 1 pm.

Posted in climate change and news & events and urban governance on 24 February 2015 – 9:16 am

Robin Kearns: Child-friendly city would let us ease up on cotton wool

Last week a driver – a parent herself – sadly missed seeing three children step out to cross the road. Their subsequent injuries were unquestionably tragic. I feel for them, their families and the driver. But an additional sadness is revealed by the comment by one of the police officers responding to the crash. They said it was “unacceptable” for young children to be walking to school without adult supervision. My question is: unacceptable to whom?

Posted in behaviour change and news & events and NZ policy issues and urban design on 19 February 2015 – 3:32 pm

Sustainability: Research in action from campus to community

24 February 2015 –  Join University of Waikato faculty members for a day-long showcase of sustainability-related research and its impact in the wider community.

Posted in news & events on 16 February 2015 – 8:51 pm

Key factors for faster growing NZ towns and cities

Four key factors are behind New Zealand towns and cities with the fastest growing populations, according to a study by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, led by Arthur Grimes as part of the Resilient Urban Futures research programme. These are land-use capability, human capital, sunshine hours and proximity to Auckland.

Posted in NZ policy issues and research and urban governance on 5 January 2015 – 9:05 am

Health and cities: A major new global science collaboration

World health, environmental, behavioural and social science experts have launched a major new interdisciplinary scientific collaboration. It aims to empower planners and policy-makers to achieve better health for billions of people living in fast-growing urban areas.

Posted in health and news & events on 15 December 2014 – 1:11 pm