Brookings to commemorate day with event on sustainable cities
Since 1986, the United Nations has designated the first Monday in October every year as World Habitat Day. Its goal, according to the UN, is “to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all.”
To commemorate World Habitat Day, on Tuesday, October 6, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program will host a panel discussion focused on creating sustainable global cities. The speakers will include Brookings president Strobe Talbott; vice president and director of the Metropolitan Program Bruce Katz; Lisa Heinzerling, associate administrator in the EPA’s Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation; Darren Walker, vice president for foundation initiatives at The Rockefeller Foundation; Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation; the Honorable Greg Nickels, mayor of the city of Seattle and president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; and the Honorable S. Aparna, municipal commissioner of the Surat Municipal Corporation, India.
The challenges involved in creating sustainable global cities are also the focus of Matthew Kahn’s book Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment. As Kahn points out, “Urban population growth is a key driver of environmental degradation.” However, he observes, urbanization is also linked to economic growth, which can result in more sustainable technologies and greater demand for green goods, services, and policies.