Sustainable Community Challenge

Sustainable Community challengeGlobal Challenge #11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities

Background

An estimated 5 billion people, 54% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030. With an increasing world population, it’s important to accommodate everyone in a modern, sustainable fashion. For all global citizens to survive and prosper, we need new, intuitive urban planning that creates safe and affordable cities. It is estimated that 5 billion people will be living in cities by 2030. Urbanization has brought enormous challenges, including growing numbers of slum dwellers, increased pollution, inadequate sanitation, sewage systems and infrastructure. Better urban planning and management is necessary to have an inclusive, safe and resilient community.

City Statistics

  • The absolute number of urban residents who live in slums has risen, mostly due to previously rural population being displaced by urbanization.
  • Estimated 880 million residents living in slums
  • Cities are becoming less dense as they expand and grow, challenging the sustainable patterns of urban development and transportation
  • 9 out of 10 people who live in cities are breathing polluted air that did not meet the World Health Organization’s standards

Here are some existing innovations leading us to a more sustainable world in the future:

Cool your home without using any energy:

Researchers at the University of Wyoming have developed a product that can be used to cool down houses, businesses and even power plants, without the use of energy or water.  The product is a foil or film slightly thicker than aluminum foil, that reflects the suns rays back into space, and also allowing the surface underneath to shed its own heat at the same time.  Professor Gang Tang, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering says ” Just 10-20 square meters of this material on rooftops could nicely cool down..family homes in the summer.” When used on solar panels, they can cool the panel and recover an extra 2-3% of the panels efficiency.

Wooden Condo’s In Toronto:

Sustainable CitiesArchitectural Group Penda has proposed to make a 16 floor, completely wooden high-rise in Toronto. The apartments are meant to resemble a large tree and will be filled with greenery and shrubs to help cool the building and reconnect urban areas with natural materials. Another aspect is the down-construction of the building-traditionally steel, copper and other metals are not recycled once a building has reached the end of its life cycle. Penda’s vision for the wooden high rise would render large parts of it reusable for another project. Furthermore they look to capitalize on the carbon tax cut offered by the Canadian government (10-20% of cost) for sustainable development.

 

 

The Sustainable City Challenge

New, safe and sustainable cities are at the middle of our economic and societal well being. Learn with PIE and Prepr to come up with intelligent, sustainable solutions for our growing global community.

 

 

TAKE THE CHALLENGE

co-Learn the PIE method and build a team, choose a challenge that you’re passionate about and apply PIE to co-Solve and co-Create projects with impact. Build your portfolio and tap into your infinite learning potential.

REQUIREMENTS
WHAT YOU WILL GET

– Receive a Prepr Certificate in Problem Solving with PIE

– Compete to win first, second and third place trophy and bragging rights

– Build your professional portfolio

– Win prizes, giveaways and more…

DEADLINE

May 1, 2019

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1 OUT OF 24

POVERTY CHALLENGE

Eradicating poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice and the key to unlocking an enormous human potential.Learn More


2 OUT OF 24

HUNGERCHALLENGE

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.Learn More


3 OUT OF 24

HEALTH CHALLENGE

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.Learn More


4 OUT OF 24

EDUCATION CHALLENGE

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.Learn More


5 OUT OF 24

GENDER CHALLENGE

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.Learn More


6 OUT OF 24

WATER CHALLENGE

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.Learn More


7 OUT OF 24

ENERGY CHALLENGE

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.Learn More


8 OUT OF 24

WORK CHALLENGE

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.Learn More


9 OUT OF 24

INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGE

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.Learn More


10 OUT OF 24

DIVERSITY CHALLENGE

Reduce inequality within and among countries.Learn More


11 OUT OF 24

SUSTAINABLE CITIES CHALLENGE

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.Learn More


12 OUT OF 24

CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION CHALLENGE

Ensure sustainable production and consumption patterns.Learn More


13 OUT OF 24

CLIMATE CHALLENGE CHALLENGE

Take urgent impact to combat climate change and its impacts.Learn More


14 OUT OF 24

OCEAN CHALLENGE

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable deveolpment.Learn More


15 OUT OF 24

LAND CHALLENGE

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity lost.Learn More


16 OUT OF 24

PEACE CHALLENGE

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Learn More


17 OUT OF 24

PARTNERSHIP CHALLENGE

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. Learn More


18 OUT OF 24

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CHALLENGE

The increase in all forms of artificial intelligence is having a significant impact on society and is continuously changing the way we live, work and interact. Learn More


19 OUT OF 24

BLOCKCHAIN CHALLENGE

Blockchain technology is changing the landscape of traditional financial services. Whether its through logistics, cryptocurrency or encrypted communication, blockchain is here to stay. Learn More


20 OUT OF 24

SMARTCITY CHALLENGE

How should technology based solutions should be used within urban planning for the future prosperity of a city. Learn More


21 OUT OF 24

CYBER SECURITY CHALLENGE

With a majority of our personal and financial information living in accessible portals online, cybersecurity is more crucial than ever. By 2020 it is estimated that over 1.5 billion people will be affected by some sort of data breach. Learn More


22 OUT OF 24

ADTECH-MARTECH CHALLENGE

Advertising and Marketing technology are changing the way that businesses and organization handle their marketing and public relations. Learn More


23 OUT OF 24

FINTECH CHALLENGE

Global investment in Financial Technologies have more than tripled in recent years, signifying that a digital revolution has arrived in the financial services sector. Learn More


24 OUT OF 24

AR-VR CHALLENGE

Market growth within Augmented and Virtual reality show that the market is expected to reach over $2.8 billion by 2023. Learn More