Mexico Sustainability Initiatives Showcased at Green Solutions 2012 Summit
Shaping Clean Policy for a Low-Carbon Economy is the subject of this week’s Green Solutions 2012 Summit in Mexico City. The conference focused on sustainable urban development, including such components as planning, design and architecture of new “green cities.” Sustainable urban development balances the need to fight urban environmental deterioration while also ensuring the needs, development and wellbeing of inhabitants are met.
The Summit featured a panel on how Mexico and the United Kingdom are working together for more sustainable cities. Organizations represented on the panel (CTS, Fundación IDEA, IMCO and ITDP) addressed some of the results obtained from related projects funded by the British Embassy through the “Fondo Prosperidad” initiative. More than half of the world’s population lives in cities. America is the most urbanized continent, with close to 80% of its population living in urban areas. For this reason, common solutions must be found to achieve balance in the surroundings, safeguard the environment and offer people a better quality of life.
A subsequent panel featured officials from the states of Aguascalientes, Morelos and Quintana Roo to present the public initiatives and policies of local entities to fight climate change and develop sustainable urban planning projects.