A warm welcome to Edna Aguinaga – SCI Latin American City Project Officer!
Edna has worked in sustainability issues for over 10 years, in developing and developed countries. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Technology from the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in The Netherlands and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from La Salle University in Mexico. She has extensive experience with corporate and non-profit sectors and has worked and facilitated workshops in more than 25 countries.
Edna’s role at Sustainable Cities is to be the main liaison with our Latin American cities, providing support for their initiatives and expanding the Network. Her areas of expertise are strategic planning, sustainability indicators, fundraising/sales and project management.
We’d also like to welcome our last Latin American Network city, Tulancingo.
Tulancingo is the 2nd largest city in the Mexican state of Hidalgo with a population of 130,000 people. It is located less than 100 km from Mexico City and it is the most important textile producer in the country. The municipal government is currently implementing the “Municipal Development Plan 2009-2012”, and their interest in joining the network is to strengthen their plan by learning about sustainability in other cities and how they are facing the social, environmental and economic issues at the municipal level. At a national level, they have actively participated in the Local Urban Observatories and the Mexican Association of Municipal Institutes of Planning.
At the 9th National Conference of Local Urban Observatories that was held in Colima, Mexico from Sept 26-30, we launched a new project called Ciudades con Ciudades or Cities With Cities (C2). The event was co-hosted by the City of Colima and the Sustainable Cities International Network. The project’s objective is to strengthen the existing Mexican networks through building awareness of the benefits and capacity to exchange expertise and knowledge between cities, within Mexico and outside its borders.
Stay tuned for more updates and information as we unroll this exciting new project!