• Case study

    Morar Carioca "Verde": Greener Development

    December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

    The Rio de Janeiro Municipal Secretariat of Housing (SMH) made respect for the environment a core principle of its interventions in the "favelas" (slums) of the City. To further promote this principle, SMH is piloting a "green" ("Verde") approach to the Morar Carioca program in the South Zone favelas of Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira. With "Verde," SMH has sought to incorporate sustainability into each step of the project.

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  • Case study

    Morar Carioca: Integrating Informal Settlements

    December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

    Municipal services, including infrastructure, education, and health, have not traditionally reached these favelas, as they have not traditionally been zoned as official parts of the City. However, the Morar Carioca Program, also called the Municipal Plan for the Integration of Informal Settlements, aims to provide integrated development and services through the Municipal Secretary of Housing (SMH) to incorporate these areas into the more formal communities that they generally border.

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  • Case study

    Certificates of Potential Additional Construction (CEPACs) are a method of leveraging private dollars to finance public investment in neighborhood revitalization through a process of rezoning and construction permit auctions. Through rezoning and the sale of CEPACs, the city raises the funds for upfront construction costs, long-term maintenance, and other priorities, such as historic or cultural preservation.

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  • Blog post

    This week finds the C40 Sustainable Communities Initiative team in San Francisco at the US Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Expo. This annual event is regularly described as the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. With more than 30,000 attendees, it certainly feels that way. The risks and impacts of climate change are top-of-mind in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, and it has been very empowering and invigorating to be surrounded by so many motivated and like-minded individuals committed to developing a sustainable future for our built environment.

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