National Geographic and United Technologies Launch “Urban Expeditions,” a Multimedia Series Exploring Sustainability in Global Cities: The “Urban Expeditions” project will focus on three areas critical to sustainable cities: food, buildings and transportation in six cities across the globe

WASHINGTON (September 14, 2016) – Every day, 180,000 people move to urban areas. Urbanization is creating an urgent need for sustainable actions and solutions. At this critical time, National Geographic and United Technologies Corp. are collaborating to raise awareness of sustainable urbanization through the Urban Expeditions initiative.

Urban Expeditions will identify cutting-edge research and exploration projects that are leading the way in sustainable urbanization in three key areas:

  • Food
  • Buildings
  • Transportation

From architecture to engineering and urban agriculture, the project will shine the light on key sustainability issues and introduce us to change agents from a variety of disciplines doing great work around the globe.

“This historic migration of people to cities can be achieved sustainably if we think differently about buildings, food and transportation networks,” said John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer of United Technologies. “Urban Expeditions will showcase the global opportunities for cities to advance more sustainably.”

Six Cities… Countless Inspiring Stories

Compelling analysis of these challenges and possible solutions will be featured in a new National Geographic digital storytelling series that takes a deep dive into six global cities, beginning with Austin, Texas in October 2016. Additionally, the initiative will convene four global stakeholder events, each featuring a cross-disciplinary group of experts and stakeholders, exploring the future of cities and global sustainable urbanization solutions.

National Geographic has devoted considerable coverage to the impact of population growth. In 2011, a series called Seven Billion served as an inventory of our times across issues such as demographics, food security, climate change, fertility trends, and biodiversity as the world’s population reached 7 billion. In 2014, a collection of articles, Feeding Nine Billion, examined how we can provide food for all as the global population expands and climate change impacts agriculture. Urban Expeditions is the next installment.

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