Cities Address Environmental Issues with Digital Twins, Climate Research and Bee Bricks Mandates

A number of cities around the world have announced various initiatives to better understand climate change and create a more sustainable environment. Cities take a multi-disciplinary approach to environmental issues. They have created digital twins in several American cities to reduce carbon emissions, and Central Park has been mandated to house bee bricks.

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Brighton council, UK, has passed a condition requiring the inclusion of swift boxes or bee bricks in all new buildings higher than 5m. This is to increase biodiversity and support pollinators. The 2019 proposal was first made. It has been controversial because some scientists believe the measure could harm bee populations, encourage disease spread, or attract mites. It is important to continue research on the effectiveness of bee bricks and the city-scale implementation will allow for the assessment of their impact on biodiversity.

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The US’s Central Park Conservancy, Yale School of the Environment and the Natural Areas Conservancy have joined forces to transform New York’s famous park into a laboratory for climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. The new Central Park Climate Lab will offer insights on how urban parks can be protected and used to combat climate change. It will also develop tools that will be applied across the country.


Some cities are focused on ecology while others look to technology to improve their built environment. Las Vegas joins Phoenix and Los Angeles in creating a digital twin to aid the transition to zero carbon emissions. The project is a collaboration between the city and Cityzenith, a Chicago-based digital twin platform, and Turbine, a Las Vegas-based data company. It features seven kilometres of downtown Las Vegas built with local data. The digital twin will help the city evaluate the impacts of new developments on emissions, water management, and mobility.