Green Lifestyles and Cities: Lessons from Scandinavia

Lund University’s International Institute of Industrial and Environmental Economics (or IIIEE, my alma mater in Sweden) was involved in the design and delivery of a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled, “Greening the Economy: Lessons from Scandinavia.” (See also the United Nations Environment Programme’s work on the Green Economy concept.) This (free) online 5-week… Read More Green Lifestyles and Cities: Lessons from Scandinavia

Copenhagen cycle culture through North American eyes…

Admittedly I’m North American – proudly from Seattle.  However, after 10 years living in Budapest, Malmö, Nairobi & Amsterdam and with a Swedish mother, I’ve become a modge-podge of sorts: European as much as anything, especially in my transportation habits. I haven’t driven in 10 years and anymore I’m scared to get behind the wheel.… Read More Copenhagen cycle culture through North American eyes…

Amsterdam: urban food revolutions | power to the pieper (potato)

Food logistics & food trade are complicated issues these days and they don’t always make sense. In the Netherlands for example, almost as many potatoes are imported as exported: there are strict guidelines which often prohibit Dutch farmers from selling potatoes inside the country. As a result, it may be easier to buy potatoes from… Read More Amsterdam: urban food revolutions | power to the pieper (potato)

Curitiba: visions of a better city & creative solutions to get there

Former mayor of Curitiba, Jaime Lerner is a city evangelist.  For Lerner, the city is not a problem; it’s a solution. An architect and urban planner by training, he brought many innovative strategies to his Brazilian hometown of Curitiba during his terms as mayor (1971–75, 1979–84 and 1989–92).  The now famous bus rapid transport system… Read More Curitiba: visions of a better city & creative solutions to get there

Copenhagen: taking back the city | car-free streets & slow speed zones

Copenhagen competes for one of the world’s most bikable – and livable – cities; but it wasn’t always that way.  Like many cities in post-war Europe, as cities were rebuilt, bike lanes were taken over by the car. It wasn’t until the oil crisis of the 1970s and the start of the environmental movement that people started… Read More Copenhagen: taking back the city | car-free streets & slow speed zones

Amsterdam: historic connections between food & cities

In modern cities we often forget the intricate relationship between urban and rural areas for the numerous resources we take for granted, including food.  Every day, enough food has to be brought  in, sold, cleaned, cooked and disposed of for circa three meals a day/ inhabitant. In a city the size of Amsterdam (population 820,000)… Read More Amsterdam: historic connections between food & cities