green cities

Cities End 2015 Showcasing Leadership on Energy Efficiency

December 31, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Urban Energy Efficiency

2015 was an exciting year to work on local sustainability issues, particularly climate change and energy efficiency. During the Paris talks in early December, more than 400 mayors convened to share their stories about fighting climate change.[read more]

And the World's Most Sustainable City Is...

March 4, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Urban Sustainability

A city is more that just a place where a concentrated group of people live and work. And as more of the world’s population gravitates toward city living, these urban centers must cater to their population’s myriad needs with sustainable solutions like never before.[read more]

Governor Cuomo Empowers New York's Cities through Investment in Clean Energy

February 2, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

As detailed in the recent announcement by Governor Cuomo, New York State is about to embark on an ambitious program to expand the Five Cities Energy Plan initiative, while also establishing the "New York State Community Partnership" program that will help additional municipalities.[read more]

The Ideal City in 2030: How Carbon 'Negative' Cities can Generate the Greatest Positive Impacts

December 31, 2014 by Noah Deich

Carbon Negative Cities

Today, the world’s cities are a major source of greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions. With urban populations expected to continue growing, cities’ exposure to climate change will only get worse unless they break away from this GHG-emitting status quo.[read more]

Lighting Controls Could Save Boston $27M Annually

December 14, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Cities and Lighting Energy Savings

Earlier this year, the chair of Massachusetts' Department of Public Utilities was frank about her state’s need to come up with new solutions to unlock energy efficiency. New data from Retroficiency shows one domain where huge opportunity lies: commercial lighting.[read more]

Los Angeles' City-Owned Electric Utility Raises its Energy Efficiency Ambitions

August 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

L.A. Energy Efficiency

The five-member Board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has unanimously voted to approve 10-year energy efficiency targets that will vault America’s largest municipally-owned utility, which provides service to around 3.9 million people, to national leadership in energy efficiency.[read more]


10 Energy Technology Initiatives to Green European Cities Any City can Take Inspiration From

August 8, 2014 by Green IT Amsterdam Region

Greening European Cities

European cities made a great effort by identifying energy projects which could help other cities to improve their energy footprint, increase their share of renewable energy supply or improve the efficiency of their energy distribution and management systems.[read more]

City Efficiency Efforts Could Help States Achieve Carbon Targets

June 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The carbon pollution standard announced last week by the Environmental Protection Agency casts a bright light on the important role that many cities and other urban areas are already playing in the complicated fight against climate change.[read more]

Cities Are Already Cutting Carbon Pollution, New National Standards Will Expand Their Progress

May 21, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Cities and Emissions Reductions

Miami is a city well known for glittering ocean-front hotels and sleek office towers, but most people don’t realize the city is turning its skyline into a tool for addressing climate change. All new large buildings constructed in Miami are designed to save energy.[read more]

Cities Around the World Sharing Climate Solutions via C40

March 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Change and Cities

On January 31st, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. This appointment reflects the growing recognition of the global impact of cities.[read more]

10 US Cities Plan Coordinated Attack on Building Energy Waste

February 2, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

If building efficiency were an indicator of success in sports, we could likely declare a winner in this week's Super Bowl matchup between Seattle and Denver. As one of the top five most efficient cities in the country, Seattle takes the crown. But other cities aren't waiting on the sidelines.[read more]

Mapping the American Carbon Footprint, Down to the Last Zip Code [INTERACTIVE MAPS]

January 14, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Zip Codes and Carbon Footprints

Time and again studies have shown that urbanization can deliver large carbon reductions by reducing per capita energy use in transport, housing and construction. But a new study shows that benefits of city living in big cities like are cancelled out by higher emissions in their own suburbs.[read more]

When Seeking the City Solution on Climate, Don't Forget the Suburbs

January 13, 2014 by Daniel Kammen

Suburbs and Climate Change

U.S. suburbs account for half of all U.S. household greenhouse gas emissions, even though they house less than half the population. Taking into account the impact of all urban and suburban residents, large metropolitan areas have a slightly higher average carbon footprint than smaller metro areas.[read more]

Los Angeles, Paris Participate in Megacities Carbon Project [VIDEO]

July 8, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Cities are responsible for 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. Los Angeles and Paris are both participating in the Megacities Carbon Project to develop methods for measuring greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]

Reinhold Achatz, VP of Research at Siemens, discussed a recent study on green cities

December 16, 2009 by Mike Smith

Reinhold Achatz, VP of Research at Siemens, discussed a recent study by the Economist on green cities with Mike Smith at the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen, where he revealed that cities account for 50% of all carbon emissions, and industry leaders should look use green cities' initiatives to standardize emission regulations...[read more]