3BL Media Best Practices Webinar on July 20 Focuses on UN Global Goal 11: The Business Case for Sustainable Cities -- Making Urban Centers Inclusive, Safe and Resilient

Jun 20, 2016 9:35 AM ET

July 20, 2016 / 3BL Media/ - Big cities are getting bigger across the globe, creating environmental and social challenges as well as opportunities for dramatic progress in the battle to slow climate change. The plight of urban centers even earned its own United Nations sustainable development goal, No. 11.

3BL Media has partnered with the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business to hold a  free webinar exploring the topic. The event, “The Business Case for Sustainable Cities – Making Urban Centers Inclusive, Safe and Resilient,”  will be held on July 20 at 10 a.m. ET and is free to attend.


“Nearly 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by the middle of this century and cities are estimated to contribute 70 to 80 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions,” said Michael Meaney of the Resilience Connections Network. “Cities represent both a huge threat and a huge opportunity in tackling climate change.”

The webinar is structured to explore themes of resilience and sustainability in cities on every continent from a variety of perspectives provided by a diverse and expert panel that includes:

  • Gary Sharkey – Programme Director, Global Cities Business Alliance
  • Thomas Elmqvist – Stockholm Resilience Centre
  • Andrew Waddelove – Arcadis / World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Janet Turner QC – Minerva Smart Cities

The rapid growth of cities in the developing world, coupled with increasing rural to urban migration, has led to a boom in mega-cities. In 1990, there were ten mega-cities with 10 million inhabitants or more. In 2014, there are 28 mega-cities, home to a total 453 million people, according to the United Nations. 

With input from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, ICLEI, the Global Cities Business Alliance and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, this webinar will provide perspectives on how cities can contribute to a low-carbon future.

The content is recommended for business, nonprofit, academic and policy professionals seeking an overview of the topic, as well as those in corporate responsibility and sustainability roles who are working to link business goals to one or more of the UN Global Goals.

About the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business
Based at Lancaster University, The Pentland Centre acts as a hub that brings together the latest global views from across academic disciplines and engages directly with leading companies and organisations, including the Pentland Group and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Our vision is to create a world-class hub for transdisciplinary research on sustainability. The Centre explores macro trends, particularly in environmental sustainability, ethical trade, human rights, and how business can be a force for good. To learn more about resilience and sustainability, visit ResilienceConnections.org.

About 3BL Media
Based in Northampton, Massachusetts, 3BL Media is a corporate communications platform exclusively for the distribution of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news and content. Founded in 2009, the company works with corporations and non-profits to distribute multi-format media assets through social, traditional and new media channels. 3BL Media has grown organically and through acquisition, operating a network of focused, authoritative sites including 3blmedia.com, csrwire.com, reportalert.info, ethicalperformance.com, justmeans.com and socialearth.org. Content issued by 3BL Media clients also appears on hundreds of thousands of Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters terminals.