Sustainable Urbanization

Are You Interviewing Your Building?

Posted on February 8, 2017

The last time you applied for a job, did you ask about the ventilation, lighting and thermal comfort of the office environment? Probably not, but here’s why you should. Scientific evidence is emerging that proves the connection between the office building environment and how well you think and sleep long after…

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How Large-Scale Urbanization Changes the Future of Food

Posted on September 8, 2016

Sustainable urbanization isn’t a term that rolls off the tongue. Say it three times fast and you’ll see what I mean. But if you care about food waste like I do, it’s definitely a term you should know. Sustainable urbanization is so intimately tied to food waste that you can’t talk…

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Sleeping Giant of Climate Change (Hint: It’s Before Your Eyes)

Posted on August 2, 2016

Food waste at the Hong Kong Food Distribution Center (photo by John M. Mandyck)

This post originally appeared on my new blog on The Huffington Post. Check it out here, and look for more blog posts soon!  One-third or more of all the global food produced never makes it from the farm to our fork. In fact, if measured as a country, food waste would…

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The Powerful Role of Aviation in Sustainable Urbanization

Posted on July 5, 2016

This post originally appeared on TriplePundit.com. Urbanization is a 21st-century megatrend impacting the future of aviation. In 2007, for the first time in human history, more people around the world lived in cities and towns than in rural areas. The United Nations forecasts the addition of 2.5 billion more city dwellers by…

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Paris Climate Agreement Signed…Now What?

Posted on April 25, 2016

Last December, history was made in Paris when 190 countries adopted an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. History was made again this past Friday, when approximately 175 countries attended and signed the agreement in New York. After years of consideration, an international climate policy framework…

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The Sustainability View from Down Under

Posted on March 30, 2016

Sydney Opera House

A great view of the iconic Sydney Opera House, which recently received World Heritage recognition as well as green building certification. It was one stop during my time in Australia.

Last week, I was pleased to participate in the Green Cities Conference in Sydney, Australia, co-hosted by the Green Building Council of Australia and the Property Council of Australia. Green Cities is Australia’s premier sustainability conference and I enjoyed meeting with fellow sustainability professionals “down under.” According to the World Green…

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Extending Sustainability at Home

Posted on March 10, 2016

We think about sustainability every day at United Technologies, whether we’re designing innovative new products or reducing the environmental impact of our operations. Over the last 20 years, we’ve tripled our revenues while reducing our water usage by 57 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 34 percent. We spend a…

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Top Takeaways on Sustainable Urbanization

Posted on February 26, 2016

UTC 2020 Sustainability Goals

Big goals lead to big results. Take a look at our newly announced 2020 sustainability goals. We’re proud to do our part to help the world urbanize in a sustainable manner.

It’s been about a week since the official launch of our 2020 Sustainability Goals. These goals are reflective of our continued support of sustainable urbanization – in the past and for the future. Growing Cities: An Atlantic Forum on Sustainable Urbanization was an outstanding event, featuring insightful comments from UTC’s President…

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Beyond the Jetsons’ Dreams: The Future of Urbanization

Posted on February 18, 2016

This post originally appeared on February 18 in The Atlantic. Did you ever wonder what powered George Jetson’s flying car? Or how Rosie the robot recharged her batteries? Or if the air was fresh up there above the clouds in The Jetsons’ home in Orbit City? That futuristic city, first imagined in 1962,…

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Celebrating Innovation on National Inventors’ Day

Posted on February 11, 2016

Did you know? Today is National Inventors’ Day, established in 1983 by the United States Congress. Throughout our history, we’ve seen numerous inventors who have developed products and technologies that have influenced the world we live in today. Much like this pioneering spirit, innovation and invention is a large part of…

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