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Masdar running blogging contest tackling smart cities and sustainable development

Masdar, the UAE’s sustainable city, is running a blogging contest; the 500-600 word entries must address the following question: “How can cities contribute to the advancement of sustainable development and address issues including water, energy and waste?” The winner will be awarded a trip to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), 18-22 January 2014.

Among the participating events at ADSW 2014 are:

  • The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) fourth General assembly meeting
  • World Future Energy Summit 2014
  • The International Water Summit (IWS) 2014
  • EcoWASTE 2014
  • 6th Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards And Gala Dinner

According to the World Bank, half of the world’s population lives in urban centers today and by 2050, that ratio will increase to 67% in cities; thus, cities must become “smart” and adapt to rapid urbanization as well as the increased stress on resources such as energy, water and waste.

To that end, says Masdar, issues worth exploring include the role of technology and innovation; energy and water efficiency; the advancement of new building materials; opportunities for entrepreneurship and social innovation; and how the transformation into a “smart city” will be conducive to both sustainability and economic opportunity.

The winning entry will map out the connection between smart cities and sustainable development, and include recommended actions for how cities can play a vital role in accommodating far more people, while using fewer resources.

Submissions must be entered by 3 January 2014, at midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST). Qualifying content will be posted on the Masdar web site. Limit one entry per person.



What a city!

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