AQ's Alana Tummino appears on VOA's Foro Interamericano


February 14, 2014


View an interview with AQ's Alana Tummino below (video is in Spanish).

Alana Tummino, director of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas and editor of Americas Quarterly, participated in a virtual discussion this Friday alongside Luis Manuel Espinoza of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as part of Voz de América's Foro Interamericana (Interamerican Forum).

The discussion, moderated by VOA's Patricia Dalmasy, focused on  new initiatives that cities in the hemisphere are exploring to combat climate change, manage rapid growth, and promote environmental sustainability and citizen security.

"The most innovative solutions are now ocurring at the municipal level," Tummino said, describing programs like Bogotá's TransMilenio bus rapid transit system and Curitiba's Cambio Verde (Green Change) recyclables-for-produce exchange program as examples of cities' creative approaches to transport and waste management. "They have a great impact on the quality of life of city-dwellers and poorer communities."

Some cities in the Americas are pursuing solutions with the help of the IDB, which is partnering with municipal leaders through its Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative to pursue environmentally sustainable solutions to urban sprawl, corruption and lack of services. "We're not only approaching this as a way to help mayors technically, but we're also including civil society," Espinoza said.

Advances in technology have also played an important role in empowering citizens, Tummino explained, describing new apps for smartphones that allow citizens to measure their carbon footprint, locate recycling centers and report crime. "When a city is sustainable, all sectors of society participate—the public sector, the private sector, civil society, NGOs, nonprofits," Tummino added. "When there's that level of participation in a city, there's a system of checks and balances on politicians and corruption."

Watch the full discussion here or view the video below (video is in Spanish).

Read the articles in Americas Quarterly's new issue on sustainable cities here.

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