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C40 Teams Up with Ford Foundation on New ‘Compact & Connected’ Cities Network

With funding from the Ford Foundation, C40 is launching our newest C40 network on ‘Compact and Connected’ Cities, which will focus on making cities more accessible through transit oriented development plans. The network is designed to help cities share best practices from around the world and access tools and technical expertise needed to reduce urban sprawl and private vehicle travel.

 “Compact cities with strong public transit systems reduce reliance on motorized passenger vehicles, with positive impacts on the quality of life and economic opportunities for urban citizens. I am grateful to the Ford Foundation for supporting our work. We are witnessing concrete results on transit oriented development here in Rio with the seamless integration of the Transbrasil BRT system within the communities it will serve,” said C40 Chair, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes.

The network, officially called the C40 Transit Oriented Development Network, addresses a key finding of the recent New Climate Economy report Better Growth Better Climate, which shows that economic growth and climate action are complementary principles. The network will begin immediately working with C40 cities to enable transit friendly policies that also enhance economic opportunities for residents.

“What’s clear is that city leaders now have the chance to accomplish two important goals at the same time: reducing poverty by connecting more residents to jobs while reducing carbon emissions to ensure a more sustainable future,” said Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. “Our partners have demonstrated this effort successfully in places like the San Francisco Bay Area, where smartly-designed affordable housing development has been shown to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is within reach for cities around the globe.”

To read the full release, click here.

To learn more about other C40 networks, click here.

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.

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