The decisions that national leaders, local officials, developers, and planners make today will determine how billions of urbanites will live over the next century. Already, half the global population resides in cities. That figure is set to increase to 70 percent by 2050.
Current models of city development can thwart economic growth, spur greenhouse gas emissions, and endanger lives. Compact, efficient cities can alleviate poverty, combat climate change, and make services like water, energy, and transport more accessible.
The World Resources Institute, with its EMBARQ Network, designs transport and other solutions to enable smart city growth. We aim to ensure that cities drive economic opportunity while sustaining natural resources and improving quality of life.
WRI’s analysis and tools allow cities to effectively manage their natural resources and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. We develop partnerships with businesses, governments, and civil society to share knowledge and scale our successful pilot projects globally. Through our EMBARQ program, we develop research-based solutions that reduce pollution, improve health, and create safe, accessible public spaces in cities. And we collaborate with local and national decision-makers in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey, and the Andean region to implement sustainable transport systems.