Sustainability programs provide people with more than a cleaner environment. Residents of ”green” urban areas like C40 City Copenhagen enjoy other benefits as well, from a stronger job market to a more competitive local economy to improved quality of life.
The City of Los Angeles, a C40 City, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today announced a major expansion of the city’s efforts to combat greenhouse gas emissions from the city’s commercial buildings. The LA Commercial Building Performance Partnership will enable building owners to access free energy assessments, as well as financing at competitive rates to cover up to 100 percent of the cost of their energy upgrades. The program builds on PACE (Property-Assessed Clean Energy) Financing programs that have shown success across the country.
How can we address climate change impacts in a rapidly urbanizing world? In 2009, the Clinton Climate Initiative, now in partnership with the C40, joined with the U.S. Green Building Council to tackle this challenge. Learn more about this groundbreaking effort, the Climate Positive Development Program.
The C40/CCI Climate Positive Development Program (CPDP) recently held its first Learning Program hosted by Stockholm Royal Seaport Innovation, an initiative of the city of Stockholm. The event – which embodies the organizing and networking ability of the C40 -- connected representatives from 12 large-scale urban development projects across 5 continents to share best practices and lessons learned. The program also brought the developers together with expert practitioners from organizations such as Scandinavian Biogas, Fortum, Arup, and Ericsson, thanks in part to support from Vinnova, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems.