C40 Voices: Zach Tofias, Director, C40 Sustainable Communities Initiative and C40 Climate Positive Development Program

To read this post in Portuguese, click here.

October was a big month for the C40 Climate Positive Development Program. The City of Copenhagen’s Nordhavn project has been accepted to join the Program, and in Sao Paulo, Odebrecht’s Parque da Cidade (Park of the City) formally launched with a big kick-off event.

With a network of 18 projects around the world, the Climate Positive Development Program strives to create a model for low carbon urban development. Working closely with local government partners, the projects serve as urban laboratories to test technologies, policies and approaches that meet the highest sustainability targets.

Parque da Cidade provides a good example of this close collaboration between private sector developers and cities. Designed to achieve net-negative operational emissions, the project is also being developed in line with the City of Sao Paulo’s Agua Espraiada Urban Sector Plan, which provides a policy structure to address the current challenges relating to traffic congestion, storm water management, and the shortage of green and public open space in the area surrounding the project site, a former industrial zone. The Climate Positive Program is working with the City of Sao Paulo and the project developer, Odebrecht, to pilot and implement new policies that will further accelerate sustainable development in Sao Paulo.

The month of November will also be active for the C40 Sustainable Communities Initiative of which the Climate Positive program is a part. The team will be at the US Green Building Council’s annual GreenBuild conference in San Francisco November 13-16, leading a session on the importance of district-scale development. As we’ve seen through our work with the Climate Positive projects and C40 Cities, district-scale policies and solutions can be carefully targeted to local circumstances while retaining the critical mass required for economic and technical viability. District-scale projects serve as important test-beds that can subsequently be replicated. Our presentation in San Francisco will explore solutions in the global context, and will feature an interactive discussion with Krista Milne, Manager Sustainability for the City of Melbourne, Australia and Rob Bennett, Executive Director of Portland Sustainability Institute (PoSI), who will be presenting case studies. We look forward to seeing many old and new faces at the Greenbuild conference; if you plan to be there, please do seek out the C40 team! Check back here for an update in a few weeks.

The C40 Climate Positive Development Program was launched in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and the US Green Building Council. Click here for more information.

To find out more about the Parque da Cidade project in Sao Paulo, click here to watch a video (in Portuguese). To find out more about Sao Paulo’s efforts on sustainable urban development, including Agua Espraiada, click here.