The Taiwanese city of Taoyuan has launched a development plan targeting lifestyle changes and the creation of a renewable energy industry in an effort to shrink the city’s CO2 emissions.
Rio de Janeiro’s Neutral Carbon Rio Strategy is improving the city’s outlook for its water and energy supply while leading the way in carbon-neutral planning in the global south.
Oakland established a solid foundation for climate policy-making by determining where the majority of the city’s emissions come from via a consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions inventory.
Guangzhou is planning for an increasing population and rising demand for energy with the a multi-sector, low-carbon plan for green growth, targeting industry, infrastructure, and buildings.
Kampala’s new Climate Change Action Strategy is instituting energy efficiency and sustainability in the Ugandan capital’s operations, serving as an example for other African cities.
By upgrading the methodology of the city’s emissions inventory, Buenos Aires identified a new focus area for its Climate Change Action Plan.
Both Democratic and Republican city council members unanimously agree on San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, creating an innovative and bold vision for the city’s resilient future.
By revising and renewing its Climate Action Plan, Paris is working to reduce energy use and promote renewable energy generation, while preparing the city for the long-term effects of climate change.
With Sub-Saharan Africa’s first renewable energy-powered light-rail train network, Addis Ababa is leading a modal shift for urban public transport on the continent.
Wuhan has unveiled one of the world’s largest bike-sharing programs in an effort to solve last-mile transportation while engaging citizens through a fun and interactive carbon credit system.
Mexico City is transforming its transportation network to prioritize active mobility and transit-oriented development in an effort to create a more connected, coordinated, and accessible urban landscape.
Auckland is collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders and preparing for the low-carbon future with the help of a city-wide action plan.
With ambitious and targeted mitigation and adaptation plans, Singapore is already seeing clear results in its efforts to secure the city’s resilience and future as a global hub for green industries.
The government of the Australian capital, Canberra, has developed a holistic framework to reach zero net emissions in 2020 by, among other initiatives, going 100% renewable for electricity.
Athens is implementing a Heatwave Action Plan, ensuring the most vulnerable residents are less at risk from rising temperatures.
By creating a cooperative of 25 small farms, Tshwane’s Food and Energy Centre is securing its food and energy supply for generations to come.
Washington, D.C. has introduced low-cost memberships as part of the city’s bike-share program, helping ensure that healthy, green transport is available to everyone.
New Haven’s campaign to promote alternative transportation as an easy choice for all residents is reducing CO2 emissions by removing the stigma associated with public transportation.
Los Angeles is introducing an electric car-sharing fleet in disadvantaged communities lacking transport options, in a coordinated effort to improve environmental conditions and economic prospects in these districts.
Buenos Aires is bringing environmental education and local food production skills to its underserved neighborhoods, promoting access to healthy eating and sustainability knowledge for all youth.
With the construction of Parque Lineal La Viga, Mexico City is preventing floods, reducing heatwaves, and increasing potable water, as well as providing new business opportunities for locals.
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has devised a plan to reduce CO2 emissions and ensure that affordable housing residents have resilient homes that can endure the effects of climate change.
Seoul launched its Energy Welfare Public-Private Partnership Program, a collaboration between local government and private actors, in order to reduce energy poverty and promote the saving and sharing of energy.
Taoyuan is securing its water supply and agricultural productivity from rising temperatures and decreasing rainfall by utilizing new sources of water.
Rio de Janeiro engaged citizens, municipal employees, and private stakeholders in creating its resilience strategy, identifying climate shocks in the city, and creating targeted measures to reduce the impacts.
Bologna created a local climate profile, risk assessment, and 10-year adaptation plan based on extensive community engagement in order to safeguard the Italian city from heavy rain, drought, and extreme heat.
Toronto published a policy report outlining an approach that will see climate change resilience integrated into decision-making and coordination across city agencies and with private sector partners.
The comprehensive Paris Adaptation Strategy is transforming the French capital into a climate-resilient city, focusing on securing resources and protecting the well-being of residents.
Eugene and Springfield produced a detailed and replicable assessment of how climate change will impact essential urban systems, and lessons learned have shaped a new mitigation plan.
Dubai created a Decision Support System using the latest weather forecasting technology in order to predict extreme weather events and protect the city’s coastline.
Boston has taken a data- and stakeholder-driven approach to climate adaptation, creating Climate Ready Boston in an effort to develop projections, assess risks, and create resilience strategies.
By assessing the city using a quantified vulnerability index, Belo Horizonte has identified areas most in need of adaptation investment, protecting infrastructure and residents from climate change.
New York City has conducted comprehensive studies over areas at risk of flooding due to climate change, increasing the resilience of buildings and livelihoods.
Mexico City is redefining its streetscape by improving drainage conditions, adding green infrastructure, and ensuring that key city spaces are safe and attractive for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit users.
Taoyuan is cleaning its water, improving the city’s absorptive capacity and reducing flooding, and attracting visitors to a beautiful waterfront with a project to remediate the Laojie River.
Addressing the risk of rising sea levels, New York City implemented its Raise Shorelines Citywide project, which, through a comprehensive analysis of its coastlines, is protecting inhabitants and their livelihoods.
By creating more space for the Waal River, Nijmegen is proving that targeted adaptation not only improves resilience but also brings social and economic benefits.
The Chinese megacity Wuhan launched a 15-year program using green and blue sponge projects to prepare for increased waterlogging caused by rapid urbanization and natural disasters.
Revitalizing school lots to capture stormwater reduces the risk of flooding in Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods, while fostering community engagement.
The Asian megacity of Hong Kong is capitalizing on existing infrastructure and seawater to withstand future droughts caused by climate change.
In Bogotá, a project is greening the city’s surrounding mountains through conservation, restoration, and sustainable land management to secure water supplies for its people.
Medellín is tackling hillside urban growth and protecting these areas from flooding and landslides by adopting a socially inclusive approach to restoring ecosystems.
In New Orleans, the Gentilly Resilience District project is transforming the city’s approach of urban water management while beautifying neighborhoods.
Cape Town is recycling its old wheeled garbage collection bins, or “wheelie bins,” into new ones, diverting waste from landfill and adopting the concept of a circular economy.
Locals and students in Salvador are planting 20,000 native species as part of the Environmental Recovery Program of the Canabrava Park, beautifying an old waste dump and using treated sludge as fertilizer.
Hong Kong is diverting waste from landfill and reducing CO2 emissions using its Community Green Stations, which double as recycling and education centers.
Bogotá is the first city in Colombia turning waste into electricity delivered to the grid, while investing a portion of the profits in social projects.
Eugene is engaging businesses and making a profit by converting food waste to compost through the Love Food Not Waste program.
A new waste-to-energy plant in Delhi is turning would-be landfill waste into a resource, while at the same time reducing illness, encouraging better livelihoods, cleaning the city, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The recently constructed Environmental Park in Buenos Aires has the ability to process construction and demolition, pruning, organic, and plastic waste, reducing waste sent to landfill and emissions, while saving money.
In an effort to end waste burning, Kolkata is segregating its waste under the Solid Waste Management Project, creating a cleaner, healthier city while raising community awareness.
Quito is reducing emissions and changing the definition of waste by generating clean energy, creating compost, and recycling paper and cardboard as part of the Organic Waste and Climate Change project.
In a complete overhaul of the city’s waste management system, Auckland’s Waste to Resources project has put the city on track to achieve zero waste by 2040.
By collaborating with various civil society actors, Barcelona is engaging residents in developing citizen-led actions that address climate resilience.
By integrating transport into its long-term development strategy, Cape Town will ensure that land use is best organized to suit residents’ needs and reduce greenhouse emissions.
To ensure Stockholm’s sustainable growth for years to come, the city has underpinned its development strategy on active mobility, public transport and efficient use of space.
Atlanta’s BeltLine is a large-scale urban mobility project that connects residents with trails and public transit while remediating land and decreasing the risk of flooding.
Curitiba is turning unused urban land into community gardens in order to improve food security and build social cohesion, while raising awareness about the environmental impacts of commercial food production.
With a concerted effort to bring many voices to the discussion table, Cambridge is creating a city-wide development plan that lets climate change mitigation and resilience take center stage.
In redeveloping the industrial Kowloon East brownfield into a thriving business district, Hong Kong is using innovative infrastructure to reduce energy consumption, improve mobility, and conserve resources.
By using smart sensors and development contracts tied to environmental standards, Auckland is ensuring the climate resilience and energy efficiency of its largest waterfront redevelopment project.
By focusing on infrastructure development and community engagement, Baibuting, a densely built community in Wuhan, is successfully integrating a low-carbon philosophy into its strategic development.
Toronto’s Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan is bringing adaptation and mitigation measures to apartment buildings and single-family homes.
New York City’s new program maintains housing affordability while mitigating greenhouse gas emissions by providing energy audits and low-cost financing to small property owners.
Adelaide is encouraging the installation of solar panels and other efficiency improvements with a scheme that reduces financial barriers for all property owners and residents.
Renew Boston Trust is using energy performance contracting to finance resilience measures with savings from energy efficiency upgrades in an effort to mitigate CO2 emissions and boost adaptation capabilities.
Retrofit One is an innovative financing mechanism that utilizes guaranteed energy savings and private investors to fund energy efficiency upgrades to Chicago’s public infrastructure.
A revolving fund enables Auckland to invest money flowing from municipal energy-saving projects into additional energy efficiency improvements.
Washington, D.C.’s application of PACE financing to an affordable housing project is saving the property money as it promotes climate and energy equity.
Canberra’s reverse auctions procure large-scale renewable energy supply at highly competitive prices while ensuring economic development and community engagement.
Oslo is using public procurement to take the lead in the zero-emission construction vehicles and machinery market.
Two new loan programs in Toronto offer homeowners an affordable option to retrofit their property to improve energy efficiency and water conservation.
Toronto is renovating its older building stock via a community-focused program that engages property owners, building managers, and residents in improvements.
By mandating that large residential buildings disclose their energy use, Tokyo is getting tenants and owners to collaborate on prioritizing energy efficiency upgrades.
Sydney and Melbourne expanded their successful CitySwitch Green Office program, which is now improving businesses’ energy performance in cities across Australia.
Through a range of diverse and ambitious initiatives targeting everything from small homes to large commercial properties, San Francisco has accelerated the equitable uptake of energy efficiency retrofits.
New York City is facilitating energy efficiency retrofits in large buildings and those in low- and medium-income neighborhoods with a data-driven outreach strategy.
By focusing on both energy efficiency upgrades and changing individuals’ energy-savings habits, Charlotte was able to substantially reduce the energy used in the city’s largest commercial buildings.
Bogotá has pioneered a holistic approach integrating renewable energy and environmentally friendly practices in the public hospital network in order to reduce CO2 emissions and improve patient experience.
Wuhan’s clean energy research center was built with a goal to emit zero carbon emissions, while the researchers inside focus on developing innovative wind and solar technologies.
Vilnius is encouraging energy efficiency upgrades in its aging apartment buildings via an interactive, user-friendly online energy map enabling residents to see the benefits of undertaking renovations.
Large public institutions in Guangzhou, China, are now required to conduct energy audits and install efficiency upgrades by the end of 2017 in order to cut energy use by one-fifth.
Belo Horizonte tackled long transit times with improvements to public transport and the promotion of active mobility.
Paris is transforming its energy portfolio by powering 50% of its district heating network with a mix of new renewable energy sources.
By using a large-scale biomass plant to power its district heating system, Stockholm is inching closer to its goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2050.
Vancouver’s ambitious vision to power the city entirely on renewable energy will help curb emissions from its two biggest emitters: transport and buildings.
Johannesburg is putting its wastewater and landfill methane emissions to productive use with a biogas-to-energy project, at a minimal cost for the city.
The largest thermal hydrolysis installation in the world helps Washington, D.C. produce bioenergy more efficiently while turning waste into a productive resource.
Boston has created a detailed map that tracks hourly building energy use in order to show patterns of energy demand and assess the feasibility of potential local generation.
Istanbul now boasts Turkey’s largest landfill gas-to-energy facility, equipped with automated measuring and able to adjust to gas flows, which delivers energy for almost 200,000 families.
Copenhagen is making its transportation system more intelligent and modernizing its traffic signals to be controlled in real time in order to further promote cycling and public transport.
Taiyuan, the largest city in Northern China’s Shanxi province, is one of the first cities in the world to replace its entire taxi fleet with electric vehicles.
Fare-Free Public Transport (FFPT) is now available to all residents of Tallinn, improving traffic circulation in the city and receiving wide citizen support.
Torres Vedras’ approach to active transportation proves small cities can deliver best practices in bike-sharing and electric vehicle promotion.
Paris is instituting a suite of initiatives to combat air pollution and promote mobility, with a focus on eliminating diesel vehicles and promoting bike- and car-sharing services.
An innovative pilot program in Gothenburg is introducing renewable energy buses in the city, reducing emissions and generating key data for further green public transport expansion.
New York City’s government agencies are now legally required to assess potential solar PV retrofits at all municipal buildings.
Seattle has a vision to transform how its transportation systems are fueled and is preparing to overhaul all city-owned transport fleets with electric vehicles.
Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus fleet reduced its carbon footprint by replacing conventional diesel with biomethane from a local landfill.
Barcelona is redefining the city’s streets to promote green spaces for citizens and reduce traffic-related emissions.