Cities are on the front lines of climate change. Most of the global population live in cities, and those cities account for the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions. That trend is expected to grow in the coming decades, especially for cities in developing countries.
As climate change intensifies, it will exacerbate existing problems plaguing cities such as rural-urban migration; air, water, and land pollution; poverty; and inequality. In this context, climate solutions like net-zero greenhouse gas emission strategies must also achieve other green outcomes that increase resilience, reduce pollution, make governance more inclusive, improve access to services, and create new jobs in cleaner and more circular economies.
In this paper, we demonstrate how U.S. federal agencies can help create green cities that bring social, environmental, and financial benefits to local populations.
Download the paper to learn:
- Why cities are critical to addressing climate change
- How an integrated green-cities planning approach can achieve sustainable urban development goals
- Examples of integrated planning in action
- Actionable takeaways for federal agencies
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