Climate Positive program developed
The Clinton Climate Initiative will demonstrate a model for sustainable urban growth with projects in 10 countries on six continents.
Climate Initiative (CCI) , a project of the
William J. Clinton Foundation, has announced a global program developed in
collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) , called the Climate Positive Development Program.
will support the development of large-scale urban projects that demonstrate
cities can grow in ways that are “climate positive.” Climate Positive real
estate developments will strive to reduce the amount of on-site CO 2 emissions
to below zero.
founding projects on six continents, supported by local governments and
property developers, will demonstrate Climate Positive strategies, setting a
compelling environmental and economic example for cities to follow.
for the first time, half the world’s population (3.2 billion people) lived in
cities, and that figure is expected to grow to 70% by 2050. Cities also occupy
just 2% of the world’s landmass, yet are responsible for more than two-thirds
of global energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Rapid urban growth and
climate change are putting our world’s cities in a vise grip of escalating
infrastructure, energy, and health and human services costs that will be
magnified by the pressure of climatic adaptation. How cities change and grow is
therefore a critical component to tackling the climate crisis.
Earth’s population increases and our cities grow, we need to ensure we have the
models in place to sustain our way of life in an increasingly urbanized world,”
President Clinton said. “The Climate Positive Development Program will set a
new global standard for developments that will minimize environmental impacts
and benefit economies as we build and rebuild homes, schools, and businesses.
Today’s announcement builds off the work my Foundation and the C40 have done to
initiate large-scale projects in more than 40 cities that are already reducing
greenhouse gas emissions and making a significant impact in the fight against
the net greenhouse gas emissions of these projects to below zero, property
developers and local governments will agree to work in partnership on specific
areas of activity. This includes implementing economically viable innovations
in building, the generation of clean energy, waste management, water
management, transportation, and outdoor lighting systems.
initial 16 projects are completed, nearly 1 million people will live and work
in Climate Positive communities. These communities will be located in: Melbourne, Australia;
outside Panama City, Panama;
Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Seoul,
South Korea; Stockholm, Sweden;
San Francisco, USA;
and Destiny Florida, USA.
combining CCI’s business and finance expertise with the technical knowledge of
the USGBC, the Climate Positive Development Program will support the
planning and implementation process for each real estate development and
establish the standards and metrics by which the sites can measure climate