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Network – The Sustainable Cities: PLUS Network

Posted in Movements by fedwards on July 8th, 2007

The Sustainable Cities: PLUS Network is another international sustainable cities movement that helps cities to commit to building on their existing planning process by applying a long-term lens and a systems approach. In addition, each Network member identifies at least one immediate demonstration project that shows how it is implementing its vision or moving to become more sustainable. PLUS Network cities participate in regular peer exchanges which give them opportunities to share their work and learn from one another’s experiences and innovations about particular issues. In addition to peer exchanges and workshops, the full Network membership meets face-to-face every two years in a Biennial Conference. The next Conference is scheduled for 2008.

The Sustainable Cities: PLUS Network emerged from the Vancouver entry for the International Competition for Sustainable Urban System Design, supported by the International Gas Union. In Canada, a national competitive process led to the selection of the Greater Vancouver Region as the Canadian entry and citiesPLUS — an acronym for Cities Planning for Long-term Urban Sustainability — was the name given to the project. The project expanded to a collaborative exercise involving governments, the private sector, academia and civil society. The resulting learning led to valuable new insights about long-term planning methods and processes, and issues such as climate change and community resilience. The results were incorporated in immediate decisions facing the Greater Vancouver Regional District as part of its Sustainable Region Initiative.

The following is a current list of cities that are in the Network.
* Adelaide, Australia
* Badulla, Sri Lanka
* Bucharest, Romania
* Calgary, Canada
* Chihuahua, Mexico
* Colima, Mexico
* Curitiba, Brazil
* Dakar, Senegal
* Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
* Edmonton, Canada
* eThekwini (Durban), South Africa
* Greater Vancouver Regional District, Canada
* Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada
* Iqaluit, Canada
* Matale, Sri Lanka
* Matamoros, Mexico
* Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
* Olympia, USA
* Ottawa, Canada
* Porto Alegre, Brazil
* Regional Municipality of Niagara, Canada
* Saint John, Canada
* Salvador, Brazil
* San Fernando, Philippines
* San José, Costa Rica
* Suncheon, South Korea
* Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
* Whistler, Canada

For more information about the Sustainable Cities: PLUS Network visit their website.

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