Eat right, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, stay connected to friends and family… we’ve all heard this advice when when it comes to our personal health, but what about the health and fitness of the cities we live in? By 2030 the world’s urban areas will expand by 590,000 square miles – an area roughly the size of Mongolia. With the difficult challenges ahead created by a changing climate, our cities need to be in great shape to be able to maintain stability through rapid growth and extreme weather. How can city managers, planners, and citizens assess and work to make our cities more healthy and resilient?
In a recent post to ICMA’s City Links blog Scott Muller, our Senior Manager for International Climate Adaptation, writes that looking at a city from the perspective of its “urban metabolism” is a effective way to generate discussion among diverse stakeholders. This framework is one of a number of tools that ISC will bring to our work in the CityLinks partnership, which connects U.S. cities with cities throughout the world to collaboratively solve problems relating to Climate Change, Food Security and Water & Sanitation.
To learn more about CityLinks and read Scott’s full post click here.