Network Overview

The Climate Positive Development network serves to help cities meet the dual challenge of rapid urbanisation and climate change. The Network aims to support the creation of models for large-scale urban communities that reduce greenhouse gasses and serve as laboratories for cities seeking to grow in ways that are environmentally sustainable and economically viable. Guided by the Climate Positive Framework, the network supports the development of projects that seek to meet a “climate positive” emissions target of net-negative operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This “climate positive” outcome is achieved by reducing emissions on-site and offsetting emissions in the surrounding communities.

Through a set of real-world projects that serve as urban laboratories, the Network aims to create models for large-scale urban communities that reduce greenhouse gases to the greatest possible extent, and manifest the highest standards of sustainability and climate resilience. These projects also help identify critical collaborations between developers and their city government counterparts, and create a case for holistic planning and development that improves the local environment, creates jobs, and enhances local quality of life.



Every Climate Positive Development project has a unique profile, given their distinct economic, political, and climate challenges, yet each is striving for the ambitious goal of lowering their operational GHG emissions below zero.  Development Partners accepted into the Program are expected to pursue the integrated planning of energy efficient buildings, low carbon transportation solutions, and waste and water management systems at the district scale. The Climate Positive network facilitates knowledge-sharing across the cities and projects, so that successful strategies can be replicated, and pitfalls can be avoided.




The Program is currently working with Development Partners on 17 projects across six continents. 








Once completed, these projects will impact the nearly one million people who will live and work in Climate Positive communities.

(1) The second phase of recognition is provided upon approval of a project’s submission of the strategies and tactics that will result in a climate positive outcome. Materials are reviewed by an independent committee of volunteer experts who support the Program to ensure that Project teams have adequately documented and submitted viable strategies and proposals as called for in the Climate Positive Development Program Framework. The committee currently includes:

Bill Browning | Founder, Terrapin Bright Green; Lane Burt, Policy Director, USGBC; Chris Garvin | Partner, Terrapin Bright Green; Bert Gregory, FAIA | Chairman and CEO, Mithun; Kevin R. Hydes, PE, PEng, CEng, LEED Fellow | President & CEO, Integral Group;  Lisa Fay Mattheissen, FAIA, LEED Fellow | Principal, Integral Group; Rachel Weinberger, Ph.D. | Director of Research and Policy Strategy, Nelson Nygaard; and William J. Worthen, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C | Principal-in-Charge and Founder, Urban Fabrick Design

(2) The first phase of recognition, where a project is declared to be a “Climate Positive Candidate” is associated with being accepted in to the program. 


Stockholm is immensely proud and honored to have been given the opportunity to co-lead the C40 Climate Positive Development network together with Sao Paolo, using the experiences from our new flagship sustainable urban district, Stockholm Royal Seaport. We have goals set for our new district to be free of fossil fuels and Climate Positive by 2030. I am very much looking forward to, in partnership with fellow C40 Cities, meeting future challenges in terms of fighting and adapting to climate change.

Mayor Sten Nordin, Stockholm

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