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Urban Environment News website is in hiatus

The Urban Environment News website is currently in hiatus, as I have turned my attention to RealKM Magazine, an exciting new initiative.

You can still follow my urban environment news updates on Twitter.

Best regards,
Bruce Boyes.

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Urban goals and targets in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

On 2 August, the UN’s 193 Member States reached consensus on the outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda to be considered and adopted by world leaders at a September UN Summit. Goals relevant to the urban environment include “Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” (page 12) under which there are a series of targets (pages 18-19).

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Opportunities for the New Urban Agenda

Opportunities for the New Urban Agenda

In the context of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in October 2016, the New Urban Agenda (NUA) will be agreed upon. Participants in a July workshop agreed that the New Urban Agenda should formulate an aspirational vision to guide urban sustainable development, and highlight the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in an urban context.

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World Cities Summit Mayors Forum ends with sustainability declaration

World Cities Summit Mayors Forum

Mayors and city leaders from around the world reinforced their commitment to sustainable development and environmental reform by signing a policy declaration at the 2015 World Cities Summit Mayors Forum (WCS) held in Manhattan, New York.

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Surveying Australia’s water consumers – help get the word out

Australian Water Association (AWA)

The Australian Water Association and Arup have partnered to undertake a national survey of domestic water usage to help ensure that Australia has a sustainable water future. This survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and respondents can enter into the draw to win a $500 travel voucher. The survey is open until 28 August.

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Shaping stories to save the world

Ian Lunt

How do we get our messages out? How do we stop preaching to the converted? In this video of his opening talk at the recent Biodiversity Across The Borders conference, Associate Professor Ian Lunt suggests ways to make our messages more engaging.

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Storytelling for Sustainability: Deepening the Case for Change

Storytelling for Sustainability

For sustainability practitioners who want to be more strategic and have more influence in shaping a better world, storytelling is a crucial skill to master. This book shows which ways of storytelling lead to success and which lead to failure. The book is part of the DōShorts sustainability series.

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Calling all young storytellers!

The (re)Generation Project

The (re)Generation Project at Macquarie University is calling on 15-25 year olds for their stories about the people and places that keep them connected with nature. The ten best story ideas will be given editorial and production training including digital storytelling workshops and a mentor.

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Environment club manual for high-school students

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage

This online resource from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage provides valuable advice and support for high-school students who are starting or running an environment club.

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Stanford researchers find mental health prescription: Nature

Stanford University

Stanford research has found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.

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