Topic: Sustainable Urban Development

Since 2012, the City of Tartu, Estonia, 2022 recipient of an STA Honorable Mention, has been implementing programs, infrastructure, and policy that transformed the city into a model for sustainable, accessible mobility based on data, feedback from residents, and ambitious climate goals.  This case study, co-developed with TUMI and the City of Tartu, shows lessons…

The climate crisis is real – we must act immediately. Transportation, including personal vehicles and freight, accounts for 40 percent of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Los Angeles and is a top contributor to air pollution. This is a planning guide for the City of Los Angeles which explores opportunities to address urgent climate…

Persons with disabilities make up nearly 15 percent of the global population, and more than half of all people with disabilities live in towns and cities. Yet our cities rarely address mobility needs across the full spectrum of people’s abilities. Most cities are designed from the perspective of people without disabilities and for the convenience…

More than a billion children live in cities – and yet most of these cities have not been designed to meet the needs of babies, toddlers, and their caregivers, and mobility systems have not been planned with their travel characteristics in mind. This negatively affects the children’s physical, mental, and cognitive development, as well as…

In order to explore the relationship and impact that urban mobility has on early childhood development and quality of life, ITDP Brazil carried out a study in the city of Recife, with the support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Recife Planning Department and Recife Management (SEPLAG/PCR). The material brings specific recommendations for Recife,…

In early 2021, the City of Lviv, Ukraine has been selected as the honorable mention recipient of the  Sustainable Transport Awards. “Lviv – From Streets for Cars to Streets for All,” a case study report co-produced with TUMI, presents lessons learned of Lviv’s transformative journey.  Lviv’s STA recognition reflects a decades-long process toward reclaiming streets…

For the urban transportation sector—one slice of the climate-change equation—the road to keeping below 1.5°C global warming involves both compact cities developed for walking, cycling and public transit, as well as a rapid and strategic transition to electrified vehicles. This report details why these two policy changes, implemented in tandem, are necessary to lower cumulative…

The Transit Oriented Development (TOD) website, developed in collaboration with the Bernard van Leer Foundation, brings together resources for cities to create healthier communities through urban planning. A major priority of the website and the TOD Standard itself is the health and wellbeing of babies, toddlers, and caregivers who are particularly vulnerable to car exhaust,…

A complete neighborhood for babies, toddlers, and caregivers is one where the built environment and mobility options support the health and well-being of families with young children, such that they thrive. This neighborhood includes a mix of services and activities that are safely accessible through walking, and are well-connected to the rest of the city…

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