Note: May 22 (Khordad 1), the national day of productivity and consumption optimization; how has our performance to date been?
?Report (1): How to move toward healthier and more sustainable cities
Report: How to move toward healthier and more sustainable cities? (1)
During last decades, cities has gained an increasing attention. The main reason of this issue is the alteration of specialists, policy makers and even folk viewpoint to the cities and urban life. Cities are comprised of more than just buildings and people and they have a significance impact on quality of human’s life. Hence, one of the assigned goals among sustainable development goals by United Nations is “Sustainable cities and Communities” (Goal #11) which is just a case in point to show the importance of cities.
Nowadays, urban planning and management is one the main challenges for governors and various strategies and plans has been utilized to make cities healthier and more sustainable. In the following, some of the most important ones has been investigated.
The most “liveable” cities – and some of the world’s most famous cities – are as known for their open space as they are for their culture. Hyde Park in London, Central Park in New York, the Bukit Timah Nature Preserve in Singapore, Phoenix Park in Dublin… all are attractions in their own right for inhabitants and visitors alike. Open space in urban environments provides many advantages: formal and informal sport and recreation, preservation of natural environments, provision of green space and even urban storm water management. Thus green space must be a key consideration in urban planning if the health of a city and its people are both considered important. A new, broader view of parks has also recently been emerging. This new view focuses on how policymakers, practitioners, and the public can begin to think about parks as valuable contributors to larger urban policy objectives, such as job opportunities, youth development, public health, and community building.
As the world’s cities continue to grow, continuing to value green space in cities is vital: but is also a challenge, particularly in developing nations where there is pressure for space, resources and development.
Another important strategy, is to reduce the using cars. Over the past four decades, cars have become far less polluting. Their fuel efficiency has practically doubled and their tailpipe emissions have been reduced by more than 95%. Yet lots of metropolitans are still battling smog and pollution. Therefore, it seems moving toward the strategy of less using cars by citizens is a more effective solution compared to cleaner cars. Nowadays, lots of plans has been presented by specialists which can materialize the goal of healthier and more sustainable cities more efficiency. In the next essays, some of the most significance ones will be investigated.
Prepared by Iman Dorri
“HAMPAK” campaign on the occasion of the World Environment Day- June 2018- Khordad 1397
The first series of photo and video competitions of HAMPAK campaign: “Great Goals, Small Steps”
HAMPAK campaign with the slogan “Let’s start with ourselves” presents
The first series of photo and video competitions titled “Great Goals, Small Steps”
In order to participate in the contest, send an artistic photo or a 1 minute video in the field of sustainable development (in campus environment) to the Instagram page of Office of Sustainability, (Amirkabir University of Technology) at sustainable_aut until July 27th, 2018.
- The best photo and video will be awarded valuable prizes.
- Recommended fields:
► Energy saving and renewable energies
► Waste management
► Clean transportation
► Air pollution
► Water conservation
► Social aspects of sustainable development
Let’s not forget that the campaign’s goal is to start achieving sustainable development from ourselves, although our activities appear to be seemingly small and less effective. So do not miss the chance to participate in this competition.
Report (2): How to move toward healthier and more sustainable cities?
Some Principles for Building Better and More Sustainable Cities
At the same time that we’re solving for climate change, we’re going to building cities for three billion people. That a doubling of the urban environment. So if we don’t control it properly, none of the climate control solutions do not help the humankind. Hence, an appropriate urban planning paradigm is needed to control the climate change.
One of the wrong city development paradigms is the city sprawls. This paradigm has lots of downsides and drawbacks which should be cared. In the following, some of main disadvantages of sprawl paradigm will be discussed. The key attribute is that it isolated the people. It segregates people into economic enclaves, land-use enclaves and separate them from the nature. It does not allow the interaction that makes the cities great places and that make society thrive.
Secondly, it can cause more land consumption which environmentalists are really concerned about this. Destroying the nature and vegetation, can have adverse effects on the air pollution situation and biodiversity of the region.
Another negative point about the sprawl is the more distances that the people have to ride to get different places. This issue will lead to lots of knock-on effects. One of them is the increase of air pollution level that has a direct impact on global warming. Also, this more ride causes more expenditure for the citizens who have to traverse a long distance to get their destinations. Furthermore, when the people use cars or other vehicles, they have less this opportunity to walk which can improve the health condition and physical and even mental situation.
The mentioned issues are just some cases in point that demonstrate the negative aspects of city sprawl paradigm. Therefore it is necessary to plan and assign an appropriate solution as an alternative to this paradigm. For this purpose, there are 7 general principles proposed by experts in urban planning that can help to overcome the global sprawl as following.
- Preserve natural ecosystem, agrarian landscapes and cultural heritage sites
- Create mixed-use and mix income neighborhoods
- Design walkable streets and human scale neighborhoods
- Prioritize bicycle networks and auto free streets
- Increase the density of road networks and limit the block size
- Develop high quality public transportation
- Match density and mix to transit capacity
As a final point, it should be noted that majority of the urban problems are origin from our wrong habits and approaches to different issues and the cities condition are a demonstration of life style. Consequently, our life manner has a direct impact on our life environment in the cities.
This essay has been inspired and written based on the speech of “Peter Calthorpe” in TED talk, Vancouver, April 2017. The link of the speech has been presented in the following:
Link of Speech:
Prepared by Iman Dorri
The first “Zero-Waste Campus” contest among Iranian universities
The collection, separation and processing of waste is a big challenge in Iranian Universities. Public awareness and teaching about these issues to students and universities staff is one of the most important actions which is usually neglected.
For the first time, the contest of “Zero-Waste University” is going to hold in the Amirkabir University of Technology. The main purpose of this completion is to increase the student’s awareness about the waste and the importance of separation at the source. In this competition, the students should form their teams, and then, they should collect the solid wastes in different categories. The collected wastes will be scored based on their level of peril, importance, the value in the recycling process and etc, and they will be weighted at the end. The team with the highest score will get the 1st rank.
- In order to get the instruction of the contest, click here. ⬇️
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