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C40 & USGBC Release Green Building City Market Briefs

Building energy use is a leading contributor to urban – and global — greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and therefore represents one of the greatest opportunities for cities to tackle climate change. The longstanding partnership between the C40 and the World/US Green Building Councils has focused on helping cities seize these very opportunities to realize efficiencies in building energy and water resource use, delivering results in carbon reductions and climate resilience.

A compendium report released today by C40 and the US Green Building Council (USGBC), Green Building City Market Briefs, showcases the work of 66 C40 cities across the globe on sustainability, building energy use and climate change policy.

“The findings within these briefs indicate that cities are making impressive investments to create more resilient and sustainable built environments, as well as impact the health and wellbeing of their citizens,” said Roger Platt, president of the U.S. Green Building Council. “Many mayors are forging the path toward a more sustainable future, and cities are the lifeblood of policy innovation. The collective impacts and outcomes showcased across these briefs show thoughtful leadership and innovation.”

The report highlights solutions and key trends that can be shared and implemented more broadly by cities around the world. The kind of knowledge sharing and cooperation among cities that this report engenders is at the heart of the solution to climate change. Through local action, we are truly making a global impact.

To read the report, click here.

To read the press release about this announcement, 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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