Clinton Climate Initiative sets demonstration projects on sustainable urban growth in 10 countries

May 19, 2009 |

May 19, 2009 – SEOUL – The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation, today announced a global program developed in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), called the Climate Positive Development Program. The 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 CO2 emissions to below zero.

Sixteen 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.

Last year, for the first time, half the world’s population (3.2 billion people) lived in cities[1], and that figure is expected to grow to 70 percent[2] by 2050. Cities also occupy just 2 percent 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.

“As the 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 climate change.”

To reduce 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.

When the initial 16 projects are completed, nearly one million people will live and work in Climate Positive communities. These communities will be located in:  Melbourne, Australia; Palhoça, Brazil; Toronto, Canada; Victoria, Canada; Ahmedabad, India; Jaipur, India; outside Panama City, Panama; Pretoria, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Seoul, South Korea; Stockholm, Sweden; London, UK; San Francisco, USA and Destiny Florida, USA.

By 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 positive outcomes.

USGBC President, CEO, and Founding Chairman Rick Fedrizzi commented, “A program that aims to set a new global benchmark has to be set on solid metrics. We know this from our experience with LEED, and believe it’s fundamental to delivering immediate and measureable results.”  

"We know that when it comes to combating the threat of climate change, cities are acting in many ways," said Toronto Mayor David Miller, Chair of the C40 Group of large cities leading on climate change. "Climate Positive is yet another way cities will be able to continue to lead this important fight. This initiative is particularly important as the world becomes more urbanized and I want to thank CCI for making it a reality."

"I am sure our effort to fight global warming will be a successful one if initiatives like the Climate Positive Development Program continue to be widely accepted around the world," said Oh Se-hoon, Mayor of Seoul.



Contact

Olivia Ross, CCI
oross@clintonfoundation.org

Judith Webb, USGBC
jwebb@usgbc.org

For Immediate Release

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About the Clinton Climate Initiative

The William J. Clinton Foundation launched the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) to create and advance solutions to the core issues driving climate change. Working with governments and businesses around the world to tailor local solutions that are economically and environmentally sustainable, CCI focuses on three strategic program areas: increasing energy efficiency in cities, catalyzing the large-scale supply of clean energy, and working to measure and value the carbon absorbed by forests.  In each of these programs, CCI uses a holistic approach to address the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and the people, policies, and practices that impact them. CCI serves as the action arm of the C40, an association of large cities around the world that have pledged to accelerate their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To learn more about the work of the Clinton Climate Initiative and the William J. Clinton Foundation, please visit www.clintonfoundation.org.

About USGBC

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 100,000 LEED Accredited Professionals, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to soar to $60 billion by 2010. The USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. For more information, please visit www.usgbc.org.

About the C40 and the C40 Summit

C40 is a group of the world's largest cities committed to taking action on climate change. In 2006, the Clinton Climate Initiative, a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation, became the delivery partner of the C40.

On May 18, 2009, 70 leading cities around the world convened in Seoul for a four-day Summit to discuss climate concerns under the theme of Cities´ Achievements and Challenges in the Fight against Climate Change. At the Summit, major cities, which are one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions, will explore issues such as climate change and the economic crisis; low-carbon cities; sustainable city developments; and increasing ‘green’ energy use. To learn more about the C40 Summit, please visit www.c40seoulsummit.com.

PARTICIPATING PROJECTS

Name:                          Destiny Florida

Location:                      Destiny, Florida, USA



Name:                          Dockside Green

Location:                      Victoria, British Columbia, Canada



Name:                         Godrej Garden City

Location:                      Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India



Name:                          Elephant & Castle

Location:                      London Borough of Southwark, UK



Name:                          Albert Basin

Location:                      East London, UK



Name:                          Magok Urban Development Project

Location:                      Magok-dong Gayang-dong, Seoul, South Korea



Name:                          Mahindra World City Jaipur

Location:                      Jaipur, Rajasthan, India



Name:                         Menlyn Maine

Location:                      Pretoria, South Africa



Name:                          VicUrban @ Officer

Location:                      Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 

Name:                          Panama Pacifico

Location:                      London & Regional Panama



Name:                          Zonk'izizwe Town Center

Location:                      Johannesburg, South Africa



Name:                          Victoria Harbour, Docklands, Melbourne

Location:                      Victoria Harbour, Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia



Name:                          Toronto Waterfront- Lower Don Lands

Location:                      Toronto, Ontario, Canada



Name:                          Treasure Island Redevelopment Project

Location:                      San Francisco, California, USA



Name:                          Stockholm Royal Seaport

Location:                      Stockholm, Sweden



Name:                          Pedra Branca Sustainable Urbanism

Location:                      Palhoça, Greater Florianópolis, Santa Catarina State, Brazil



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[1]  World Urbanization Prospects: The 2007 Revision Population Database, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

[2] World Urbanization Prospects: The 2007 Revision Population Database, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

 

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