• Sarika’s leadership is helping to reduce traffic fatalities in cities and make streets safer for all

    Out of the 1.3 million lives that are lost due to traffic crashes worldwide, more than 10 percent (140,000 thousand) are in India, despite the fact that the country only has 2 percent of the world’s motor vehicles. Furthermore, urban areas in India account for 20 percent of the country’s total road traffic fatalities, and the majority of those fatalities are pedestrians and cyclists.

  • The LUTP program provides transport planners with tools to design more sustainable systems.

    Since May of 2013, EMBARQ Mexico has worked with the World Bank to host the annual Leaders in Urban Transport Planning (LUTP) program in Mexico, Colombia and Peru. Organized by the World Bank, its sponsors and local institutions, the LUTP program convenes transport professionals from across the globe to meet and learn about the systemic planning of integrated mobility, corridor management and sustainable alternatives for public transport.

  • Brasil team offers recommendations to decrease congestion in the area’s Administrative Center

    Over the past four months, WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities, in partnership with the state government of Minas Gerais, conducted research on commute patterns in the Administrative Center of Minas Gerais (ACMG). Through data analysis, the research project aims to improve corporate mobility and identify measures with the potential to improve the quality of life of workers and promote more sustainable transport patterns in the workplace. The ACMG features modern and high capacity buildings serving 17,000 employees.


  • WRI is assisting the OGP to build relationships and recruit cities for more accountable governments

    On December 15, 2015, the Open Government Partnership (OGP)—a multilateral initiative that secures commitments from governments to solve public policy challenges, and a partner of WRI—announced the launch of a new pilot program. The program, approved at the OGP Global Summit in October 2015, fulfills the need to engage with local governments and actors to foster transparency.


  • India team convenes taxis operators and aggregators to discuss the City Taxi Scheme 2015

    On October 31, 2015 WRI India Sustainable Cities hosted a roundtable that provided a forum for various stakeholders in the Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) Sector to comment on the new City Taxi Scheme 2015. This new policy, submitted in October, was drafted by the Maharashtra state to create a level playing field for black-and-yellow taxis, taxis fleets and aggregators.


  • Local officials met to identify strategic interventions for managing land use, transport and accessibility

    WRI India and V Ravichandar, the Chairman and Managing Director of Feedback Business Consulting Services Pvt. Ltd., hosted a meeting with Bangalore city officials Karnataka Chief Minister, S Siddaramiah, and Minister for Bangalore Development and Town Planning, KJ George on November 17th, 2015. The forum, held in Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore convened local decision makers to discuss strategies for addressing the urban mobility challenges faced by the city.

  • PARIS (December 7, 2015)—At Energy Day, COP21, several cities and subnational jurisdictions, businesses, and organizations joined the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA).

    Launched in 2014, the BEA supports the UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) goal of doubling the rate of energy efficiency by 2030 by improving energy efficiency in buildings.

  • PARIS (December 3, 2015) – At the Paris climate conference (COP21), building efficiency took center stage with the launch of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction.

  • Global Environment Facility pledges $2 million to WRI to expand building efficiency policies and actions at the subnational level

    Today (December 3), during the COP21 Buildings Day, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) pledged a $2 million grant to WRI to support the implementation of local building efficiency policies and actions in cities around the world. Announcing the partnership was Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of GEF, and Andrew Steer, President and CEO of WRI.

  • Opportunity for young thinkers to advance transformational research on sustainable transport and energy efficiency

    Looking for an opportunity to catalyze sustainable, people-centered urban mobility? The Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship wants to help you transform ideas into reality.



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