June 2017


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

ECPA IN ACTION Building Sustainable Communities More than four out of five people in Latin America and the Caribbean now live in cities. This creates major challenges—more pollution, snarled traffic, decaying infrastructure, rising energy demands, and greater vulnerability to natural disasters, to name just a few—and is prompting local government officials to take the lead […]

Project Competition Spurs Creativity

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Sustainable Cities Competition held in Miraflores, Peru, drew more than 100 proposals on how to make that part of Lima even more environmentally friendly than it already is. The competition—held in conjunction with the Sustainable Cities Course that took place in that city in April—ended on Earth Day, with a project fair in a […]

An Island Perspective on Sustainability

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What does it mean to become a more sustainable community? In a small island country like Saint Kitts and Nevis, it means that challenges such as marine conservation, beach protection, and resilience to natural hazards have a prominent place on the agenda, alongside more traditional urban concerns such as traffic congestion and waste reduction. All […]

A Firsthand Lesson in Resilience

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The OAS Sustainable Cities Course in Miraflores, Peru—an affluent district within the sprawling capital city of Lima—was supposed to take place in March. Then came the punishing rains and floods brought by an especially severe version of a localized climate phenomenon known as a “Coastal El Niño.” The course took place April 19-22 instead, with […]


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Enough sunlight reaches the earth’s surface each minute to satisfy the world’s energy demands—for an entire year.