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POCACITO coming to Minneapolis, Memphis and Detroit

September 19, 2016 No Comments

From September 25 to 30, POCACITO will host a series of meetings in Minneapolis, Memphis and Detroit to explore the post-carbon future for these three US cities. Our very special guests on the road will be Chiara Lucchini, an architect from Turin, Italy, focusing on revitalizing industrial sites for business, residential and…

Ship Out of Water: Minneapolis puts sustainability on hold for football season

This April, the City of Lakes will have the first Water bar in the world. Yes, that’s what you just read – a bar specialized in tap water will open its doors in the Minneapolis hipster district Northeast. Even for water-rich Minneapolis — its very name originates from the Sioux…

Spring Cleaning, Memphis-style

Recently, a bill that would prohibit cities spending gas tax revenues for bike lanes and pedestrian infrastructure was scheduled for a vote at the Tennessee General Assembly. Its approval could be a severe blow to Memphis’s recent bike friendly development, as well as a setback in the political acceptance for a post-carbon transition…

POCACITO Invites You to Germany

March 11, 2016No Comments

We are currently accepting applications for the inaugural POCACITO tour in Germany. You can find more information and submit your application here.  

A city for the future, a city for its people

On November 1, 1755, an earthquake nearly destroyed the city of Lisbon and its surroundings. As a consequence, the city had to be rebuilt from scratch: the entire Baixa, the historic heart of the city, ceased to exist, and the new Lisbon became the city of the citizen, not the crown.   This story…

(Renewable) Energy Capital of the World?

Houston’s commercial real estate market boomed in 2015, with the oil industry plans to expand. But the oil market’s bust has made uncertainty the rule in 2016. The lights are still on in Houston, though, as the city finds different ways to renew its status as energy capital of the world….

Copenhagen’s Green Goals

Copenhagen aims to be the first carbon-neutral world capital by 2025. Although we’ve all become used to Copenhagen’s ambitious leadership on sustainability, this goal could prove to change the way governments on both sides of the Atlantic address climate change.     It doesn’t take long to notice that Copenhagen…

Las Vegas: Sustainable oasis or mirage?

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s statement in one of the early Democratic Presidential debates, “We’re here in Las Vegas, one of the most sustainable cities in America,” was widely shared on social media and met with disbelief.   I'm still blown away that O'Malley called Las Vegas "one of the most…

Urban Gardens Flood Denver’s Food Deserts

February 8, 2016No Comments

  According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 23.5 million people live in food deserts and 14% of American households were food insecure in 2014. The USDA’s definition of a food desert is a low-income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low-access (more…

Rethinking water sourcing

“Catalonia is also part of Spain.” That statement came from an unexpected source in 2008. It was José Montilla, then acting-president of the Catalan regional government. Although Montilla is not known to be a fierce proponent of Catalan independence, that statement might sound a bit out of place.   José Montilla felt…