Can Australian Cities learn anything from Vancouver?
Thursday 30 June 2011
To be named the world's most livable city consistently is something that must please Vancouverians no end. Having just arrived there are two things that stand out - 1. The place is so clean; and 2. Everyone is incredibly friendly. Even the arrivals section for immigration at the airport picked adults with kids out of the line to put them into their own faster flowing queue! For tourism, that is a great way to kick off your arrival. Huge number of taxis are Toyota Prius makes keeping in with the generally environmentally friendly approach. And if tourism is something that appeals to cities in Australia, perhaps there's more things we can learn from Vancouver
I'm here for a few days and will write up a brief report after my time here, which I'll post to the website. I'm also interviewing a couple in Banff who run ski reorts and plan to chat with them about Banff's approach to tourism, the future of ski fields and what observations they note from any climate change issues - stay tuned
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Monday 27 February 2017
It's been a significantly busy couple of months looking at how Industries and Government Agencies are preparing for change. The Companies versus Climate Change conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November/December, and a meeting with the Political Science Department at the University of Hawaii (Manoa) in January show that positive action is happening, despite some of the headlines
Saturday 31 December 2016
Many of you know that each year I make an observation about what I think the year will bring. The track record suggests I'm usually a couple of years ahead of the curve. With that said I'm calling 2017
Monday 12 December 2016
In Ft. Lauderdale USA I recently attending a delightful provocatively named 'Companies Versus Climate Change' conference. And the message is clear - companies, BIG well known companies are tackling the issues of climate change, sustainability and their carbon footprints and both making and saving VAST sums of dollars. The simple take away message from the presentations over the three days could not have been more explicit - tackling climate change pays off big time!