Archives for December 2013

Are we overthinking cycling?

Image: copyright AECOM by David Lloyd. On his blog ‘Cycling in a broad church,’ @GregVann recently wrote, “Danes don’t consider themselves cyclists – just as they use vacuum cleaners, but don’t consider themselves ‘vacuum cleanerers’!’ This got me thinking. Are we overthinking cycling in Australian cities? I think we are.  There are four trends allowing […]

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Philly the greenest U.S. city?

That is Mayor Michael Nutter’s goal. Pictured are members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Urban Infrastructure Initiative (UII) Philadelphia project team (from left to right): Dick McDonnell (Schneider Electric), Katherine Gajewski (Director of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia), Jeffrey Kosiorek (Siemens), Mark Gander (AECOM), Torsten Kleiss (Siemens), Alison Taylor (Siemens), Honorable Mayor Michael Nutter (City of Philadelphia), William Sisson (UTRC), Matthew Lynch […]

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Toward resilient energy systems

Copyright AECOM photo by David Lloyd. For cities to meet their citizens’ needs and allow for economic output, their basic infrastructure must be resilient and sustainable. Following major storms in the U.S., the resilience of energy systems has come under increased scrutiny. My article published in Energy News – the official journal of the Australian Institute […]

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Older population, new considerations

Copyright AECOM photo by Dixi Carrillo. Global demographics are shifting dramatically – we know that a growing majority of people now live in cities, but did you know that “by 2050 the world will have almost 400 million people aged 80 years or older”? This is according to John Beard, director of the Department of […]

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