• 10 principles guide urban decision-makers and stakeholders in the transition to new mobility services

    WASHINGTON, DC (October 17, 2017) — The pace of technology-driven innovation from the private sector in shared transportation services, vehicles and networks is rapid, accelerating and filled with opportunity, as well as risks. The impending advent of self-driving vehicles, for example, will have a profound impact on livelihoods, congestion and urban land use. At the same time, city streets are a finite and scarce resource.

  • New contest supported by Stephen M. Ross will recognize urban development initiatives that catalyze change

    NEW YORK (October 12, 2017) — Well over half of the world’s population lives in cities, and more than two-thirds will do so by the middle of this century. This trend will bring new possibilities as well as risks: cities can be drivers of opportunity, creativity and growth – or lead to more waste, pollution and suffering. The trajectory of many cities needs to change, spurred by transformative solutions that go beyond a single block or street. With the generous support of visionary business leader and philanthropist Stephen M.


  • New WRI study presents solutions to help rapidly growing cities in the global south meet the energy access needs of all residents while achieving climate goals.

    WASHINGTON, DC (September 7, 2017) — According to a new report from World Resources Institute’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, millions of residents in some of the fastest growing cities in the world don’t have access to clean, reliable energy, and the challenge of reaching them is not getting easier.


  • New ways to link national resources with local priorities are needed

    WASHINGTON, DC (August 4, 2017) — Tanzania is undergoing a remarkable transformation. Its urban population is projected to grow from less than 15 million people in 2012 to more than 60 million people by mid-century.

    Most of this growth will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s cultural and economic hub. It’s fast on its way to becoming a megacity with a population projected to more than double from 4.4 million in 2012 to 10.8 million in 2030. Still, other cities like Mwanza and Dodoma are also projected to see major increases in population in the years ahead.


  • New WRI study presents recommendations to help overcome the housing crisis in the global south

    WASHINGTON, DC (July 12, 2017) — According to a new report from World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, 330 million households in cities around the world, equivalent to 1.2 billion people, do not have access to affordable and secure housing. Without immediate action, the problem will become even more critical, as this housing gap is projected to grow by 30 percent to 1.6 billion people by 2025.


  • NAIROBI, KENYA (June 28, 2017) — Can we have cities that grow sustainably while providing opportunity for all? At a workshop in Nairobi, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities gathered stakeholders from across sub-Saharan Africa to help answer this question.    

  • ESKIŞEHIR, Turkey (June 7, 2017) — During World Environment Week earlier this month, WRI’s Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) led a series of innovative and youth-focused outreach events in Eskişehir-Sazova Park to spread information about energy efficiency and sustainability. More than 500 children, from 7 to 15 years old, played several efficiency-themed games to better understand the basic concepts of building efficiency and the opportunities to improve energy use in their own lives.


  • ESKIŞEHIR, TURKEY (June 9, 2017) — The Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), with support from Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality, hosted the first in a series of trainings on building energy efficiency in Eskişehir, Turkey. This training increased the capacity of local professionals in working with distributed district heating and cooling systems. The workshop convened 95 experts from local government, academia and the private sector.

  • BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY (April 4, 2017)— Five new cities and districts have committed to improve their buildings by adopting new policies, demonstration projects and tracking progress against their goals. The cities join the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), a public-private collaboration that now includes over 35 global organizations and 28 cities in 18 countries.


  • WRI India's Nikhil Chaudhary is fighting to improve walkability in India through art. When the urban planner is not at the office, he is making comics and short films depicting pedestrian mobility struggles in cities that prioritize cars. 



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