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Climate Positive Development Program Fights Climate Change at the Urban Level

A new, global program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Clinton Climate Initiative, part of the William J. Clinton Foundation, hopes to fight climate change by tackling some of the environmental issues in major cities.
By Susan Melgren
May 2009 Web
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The Climate Positive Development Program will implement green strategies in 16 major cities around the world to reverse climate change and fight the problems of urbanization.
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation, are teaming up to combat climate change and the problems of urbanization by launching a new global program. The project, called the Climate Positive Development Program, will support large-scale projects that will model sustainable urban growth in 16 cities around the world by combining the CCI’s financial and business expertise with the USGBC’s technical knowledge.

Cities are a major source of environmental pollution. According to the USGBC and the CCI, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and cities account for 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Positive Development Program hopes to set a new global standard for growing cities by building projects with a net greenhouse gas emission below zero. Under the program, local authorities and property developers will work together on building efficiency, the generation of clean energy, waste management, water management, transportation and outdoor lighting systems. Some of the methods the program will use including reusing graywater, designing high-performance green buildings and prioritizing low-impact transportation such as walking, biking and public systems.

In a video produced by the William J. Clinton Foundation, former president Bill Clinton said he hopes one day the program will create buildings that produce more clean energy than they use, turn garbage and sewage into heat and power and eliminate methane from landfills onsite. When the projects are completed, nearly one million people will live and work in climate positive communities.

Participating cities include: Destiny, Florida; San Francisco, California; Victoria, British Columbia, Ahmedabad, India; Jaipur, India; London, United Kingdom; Pretoria, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Seoul, South Korea; Stockholm, Sweden; Melbourne, Australia; Toronto, Ontario; Palhoça, Brazil; and outside Panama City, Panama.

More about climate change

• Researchers say global warming will create health risks for billions of people. Find out who will be most affected.

• Reduce your contribution to climate change. Check out the Rocky Mountain Institute's series of guides for energy savings.

• The Kyoto Stove, an easy-to-make solar-powered cooker, was this year's winner of the Climate Change Challenge. Find out why a stove made of two cardboard boxes took home $75,000 in prize money.








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