Sunday, February 10, 2013

Round Two of Local Sustainability Matching Fund

Request For Proposal

Posted on August 30, 2012   print   
Deadline: October 1, 2012

Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities Announces Round Two of Local Sustainability Matching Fund


The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, has announced the opening of round two of the Local Sustainability Matching Fund.
Initiated with leadership support from the Kendeda Fund, the New York Community Trust, the Summit Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation, the fund provides matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between local government sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives that demonstrate broad community support and engagement.
The proposal must be submitted by a team of at least two partners who are 1) the sustainability director of a city (municipality) or a county and 2) the local place-based foundation. A sustainability director may include a USDN member or associate member from North America (United States and Canada) or any person who leads a multi-department and community-wide urban sustainability initiative from within a city (municipality) or county government. A local place-basedfoundation may include a community foundation, private foundation that focuses on a greater metropolitan area, or corporate foundation.
The fund made $250,000 in awards to five innovative city sustainability projects in its first round and anticipates supporting another five to six projects in round two. The fund will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.
The complete Request for Proposals, an FAQ, and an idea bank of summaries of all project ideas submitted in round one are available at the Funders Network Web site.
Primary Subject: Community Improvement/Development
Geographic Funding Area: National

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Washington DC's Top International Urbanist Sites

In terms of the wider international urban community, here are the names of ten speaker series or organizations below that deal with urban questions in D.C. Fortunately urban issues are “hot” these days.


1.      USAID Making Cities Work: http://www.makingcitieswork.org/user/register

2.      Wilson Center: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/program/comparative-urban-studies-project

3.      National Building Museum: http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/1448440394?view=MonthGrid&Day=10,1,2012

4.      American Planning Association: https://www.planning.org/tuesdaysatapa/dc/

5.      World Bank Urbanization Knowledge Platform: http://www.urbanknowledge.org/ and http://www.urbanknowledge.org/regionalevents.html

6.      Urban Institute: http://www.urban.org/events/

7.      Brookings Metropolitan Policy Events:http://www.brookings.edu/events

8.      Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria Campus: http://www.mi.vt.edu/

9.      Georgetown University Center for the Environment:http://www1.georgetown.edu/centers/environment/261516.html

10.  Congress for the New Urbanism, DC Chapter: http://cnudc.org/?page_id=105

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Governance



Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Governance

The European and Global Governance Research Cluster
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Governance

from 1 September 2013 for a duration of 2 years, with a possible extension for another year. The position is a 75% position. We can offer a salary of approximately €30,000 p.a.

The European and Global Governance Research Cluster analyses contemporary governance institutions and processes of change beyond the nation-state from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, especially political science and law. It unites faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students and organizes joint projects, colloquia, and workshops. For more information on the Cluster and its activities, please visit www.hertie-school.org/facultyandresearch/research-clusters/european-and-global-governance/<http://www.hertie-school.org/facultyandresearch/research-clusters/european-and-global-governance/>.

The Cluster seeks to attract a Research Fellow with an intellectual and research agenda that complements and provides links with the research interests pursued by its members. Current research at the Cluster focuses on ‘The Legitimacy of Global Governance’, and sub-projects include ‘Diversity-preserving Global Governance’ (Markus Jachtenfuchs), ‘The Legitimacy of International Courts’ (Mark Dawson), ‘The Liquid Authority of Global Governance’ (Nico Krisch) and ‘Constitutional Interfaces in Global Governance’ (Markus Jachtenfuchs & Nico Krisch).

The Research Fellow will be expected
- To engage in research related to global governance at the highest level,
- To develop a proposal for own research funding, and to contribute to the preparation of joint reseach cluster proposals,
- To provide limited organizational and administrative support to research cluster activities, and
- To teach one course per semester in a Master’s program at the Hertie School.

A successful candidate will hold an outstanding PhD in law or the social sciences, with a strong background in international/European politics or international/European law, will be fluent in English (the working language at the Hertie School), and will have a concept for a research project that is related to the cluster research described above.
To apply: Please send your application, including a CV, an outline of the research project you intend to pursue at the Hertie School (up to 3 pages), a writing sample (publication or working paper), three academic references and a cover letter stating your background, career plans and relevant experiences to Vera Jeiter at the HR Department at applications@hertie-school.org<mailto:applications%40hertie-school.org> by *24 February 2013*. The outline of the intended research project – indicating links to the research projects of existing members of the Cluster – is central to the application. Please visit www.hertie-school.org<http://www.hertie-school.org> for further information about the Hertie School. The Hertie School is an equal opportunity employer. If you should have any questions regarding the position, please contact Prof. Nico Krisch at krisch@hertie-school.org<mailto:krisch%40hertie-school.org>.



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New money to study urban infrastructure

Integrated approach to planning and financing needed for urban infrastructures

http://www.admin.ch/aktuell/00089/index.html?lang=en&msg-id=47510

Bern, 22.01.2013 - Cities in the developing world are set to grow by some 2.7 billion people between now and 2050. Integrated planning and financing is essential to ensure that the necessary infrastructures can be made available in a sustainable manner. A study on sustainable urbanisation compiled by the World Bank in association with SECO will be presented at the Global Energy Basel Summit.

Beatrice Maser, Head of Economic Cooperation and Development at SECO, opened the conference on Tuesday at Congress Center Basel together with Mahmoud Mohieldin, the World Bank Group President's Special Envoy for the MDGs. In her speech and the ensuing panel discussion, she highlighted the role cities play in the climate change discussion.

"We cannot tackle the problem of climate change without steering the rapid expansion of urbanisation along sustainable paths," she stressed. Decisions on urban infrastructures should thus be taken in an integrated way, i.e. coordinated dynamically across different sectors and users, based on a thorough analysis.

This is a viewpoint also shared by the World Bank, which, together with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, has studied the urban systems in 12 different countries over the past two years. Their findings and recommendations have now been compiled in an "Urbanisation Flagship Report", presented and published at the Global Energy Basel Summit.

The event also serves as a springboard for furthering cooperation in urbanisation-related issues between the World Bank, SECO and other donor countries. Investments in sustainable urbanisation between now and 2016 will reach up to CHF 16 million (of which CHF 10 million will come from SECO).

Further information

Global Energy Basel Summit on Sustainable Infrastructure Financing
Global Energy Basel (GEB) is primarily a platform to promote sustainable urban infrastructures. Sustainable infrastructure projects totalling more than USD 4 billion will be presented at the Global Energy Basel Summit. A proprietary GEB tool has been used to assess the sustainability of these infrastructure projects, helping to mobilise investors interested not only in economic gains but also the ecological and social aspects of such projects. The Global Energy Basel Summit is being held on 22 and 23 January 2013 in Congress Center Basel.

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Global Energy Basel and the World Bank
As part of infrastructure financing within its Economic Cooperation and Development Division, SECO focuses on sustainable urban infrastructures and utility systems. It thus contributes to the Global Energy Basel platform and the urbanisation partnership with the World Bank.

Address for enquiries:

Dagmar Vogel, Economic Cooperation and Development, SECO
Head of Infrastructure Financing, Tel. +41 31 323 92 28
Publisher:

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs
Internet: http://www.seco.admin.ch

Free Pubs on Urban Metabolism

Urban Metabolism for the Urban Century

Yale Journal Advances Understanding of Sustainability of Cities

Media Contact


Reid Lifset
Tel: 203 432-6949
Email: reid.lifset@yale.edu
New Haven, Conn.–Like organisms, cities need energy, water, and nutrients, and they need to dispose of wastes and byproducts in ways that are viable and sustainable over the long run. This notion of “urban metabolism” is a model for looking systematically at the resources that flow into cities and the wastes and emissions that flow out from them—to understand the environmental impacts of cities and to highlight opportunities for efficiencies, improvements, and transformation.

Yale University’s Journal of Industrial Ecology is pleased to announce a special issue on Sustainable Urban Systems that focuses on the integration of engineered infrastructures, people, and natural systems in the pursuit of environmentally sustainable cities. Already more than half the world's people—and 80% of those in developed nations—live in urban areas, and reducing the environmental impact of these expanding cities is one of the greatest challenges facing society in the coming decades. At the same time, cities present crucial opportunities for the efficient use of resources and low impact ways of life.

“This is the urban century,” said Sir Peter Crane, Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, “and the integrative perspective this issue provides is essential for the study of sustainable urban systems.”

This special issue examines topics such as the contribution of cities to global warming, opportunities for better management of waste electronics and storm water, and the use and fate of phosphorus—a resource that is both potentially scarce and polluting.  The special issue presents research on 11 cities around the world including New York City, Delhi, Denver, Melbourne and London.

The Journal of Industrial Ecology is a bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal, owned by Yale University, published by Wiley-Blackwell and headquartered at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.  It is the official journal of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.

Chris Kennedy of the University of Toronto (Canada), Anu Ramaswami and Larry Baker of the University of Minnesota (USA), and Shobhakar Dhakal of the Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand) served as co-editors of the special issue.

Articles in the special issue are freely downloadable for limited time at: http://jie.yale.edu/SUS
Special Issue: Sustainable Urban Systems

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