About Us

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is the World Resources Institute’s program dedicated to shaping a future where cities work better for everyone.

We are a team of 300+ local and international experts with deep expertise in urban planning and development, mobility, energy efficiency, resilience, housing, water management and more. 80% of our staff are based in offices in Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Turkey.

We focus on integrated solutions to new and long-standing urban challenges, primarily in the global south. Cities in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, South Asia and the Pacific represent the greatest opportunity for a radical shift in how urban areas are planned, built and governed. 

Through innovative research, deep engagement, and global partnerships, our network of local and international experts puts cities on a trajectory of more sustainable and equitable development. We catalyze and accelerate transformative initiatives that turn cities into resilient, inclusive, low-carbon places that are good for people and the planet.

WRI Ross Center was established in 2014 following a $30.5 million contribution from Stephen M. Ross, chairman and founder of Related Companies and a WRI Board member. It expands the transport and urban development expertise of the EMBARQ network to catalyze innovative solutions in other sectors, including water, buildings, land use and energy. 

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