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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.

Traditional models of city development can hinder 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.

WRI aims to ensure that cities drive economic opportunity while sustaining natural resources and improving quality of life. Through our WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, we use technical expertise, cutting-edge research, and on-the-ground partnerships to design solutions that enable sustainable city growth.

Our analysis and tools allow cities to effectively manage their natural resources and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while improving quality of life. Working across our EMBARQ Network for sustainable urban transport and other programs, we develop and support implementation of research-based solutions that reduce pollution, improve health, and create safe, accessible public spaces in cities.

We collaborate with local and national decision-makers in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and Turkey to implement projects that overcome the challenges of urbanization and make for greater cities. And we partner with businesses, governments, and civil society to scale our successful pilot projects globally.

Publications & Resources

Chu Zhang

Research Associate

Chu Zhang is the Research Associate for the Energy Program in WRI China. He conducts research and analysis on renewable energy and energy efficiency policies. Focusing on cities and urban areas,...

The Road to Safety in India

As Michael Bloomberg announces a package of assistance on road safety through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Safety Initiative, here is an ugly truth: more people die in road crashes in India than anywhere else in the world.

Sebastián I. Varela

Cities and Transport Associate

Sebastián Varela is the Cities and Transport Associate for the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. He manages integrated projects on urban development, transport, and other related fields such...

Eric Mackres

Manager, Building Efficiency

Eric is the Building Efficiency Manager with the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. He supports the Building Efficiency Initiative through program development, project management, and...

Maggie Zelonis

Executive Assistant

Maggie Zelonis is the Executive Assistant for the Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. She serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external stakeholders on...

Tjokorda Nirarta "Koni" Samadhi

Country Director, Indonesia

Prior to joining WRI, Koni worked as Deputy Minister Head of Indonesia’s President Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4) for 5 years. While in this position, Koni played...

Transport Plays a Key Role in Urban Air Quality

Designing efficient, low-carbon cities and transport systems can improve health and the climate.

A WRI study shows new bus rapid transit (BRT) projects in Mexico, Colombia, China, India, and South Africa have the potential to reduce GHG emissions by 31.4 million tons over the next 20 years. This amount is equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 6.5 million cars.

Alexander Rogala

Writing and Editing Intern, EMBARQ

As the Writing and Editing Intern for EMBARQ, Alex writes, edits, and publishes content for both TheCityFix.com and EMBARQ.org. Alex assists the global WRI team in communicating their work in...

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