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4 Inspirations for Sustainable Transport from Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro has long been known for its traffic congestion and lack of affordable, accessible public transit. Now, in celebration of its 450th anniversary and as the host city of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, city leaders are beginning to transform Rio's image into one of a sustainable mobility leader.

MEXICO CITY (March 17, 2015)— Today, Mexico City’s Head of Government Miguel Ángel Mancera announced a new partnership with World Resources Institute, World Bank, CAF, and Inter-American Development Bank to invest $150 million in expanding and modernizing sustainable transport systems. The announcement comes after a 60 day period of discussions on the future of Mexico City’s sustainable transport solutions kicked-off on the margins of WRI’s event Transforming Transportation 2015.

4 Women Leaders “Making it Happen” for Sustainable Cities

International Women’s Day is on March 8, 2015, and this year’s theme is “Make It Happen.” Here are four women leaders working to improve city life by improving access to transport and jobs, making public spaces safer, improving environmental quality, or turning up the volume of their voices by increasing representation in government.

New Pilot Program Aims to Expand Energy Efficiency in Chinese Cities

Today at the U.S.-China Symposium on Energy Performance Contracting in Beijing, the Chinese and U.S. governments announced a new pilot program that could reduce Chinese buildings' energy use. The program seeks to build momentum for energy performance contracting (EPC), a renovation model where a building owner can work with a private company to install efficient technologies, and then use the cost savings from reduced energy consumption to pay for the efficiency upgrades. While EPCs are already used regularly in the United States, the pilot project will help expand the model in China as a way to curb emissions and save money.

As Obama and Modi Meet, 4 Opportunities for US-India Action on Clean Energy and Climate

All eyes are on India this week, as President Obama is set to make an unprecedented second trip to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While the leaders’ discussions will address several issues, including nuclear energy and trade, climate and clean energy will be a central part of the agenda. So it’s a tremendous opportunity for the two countries to make substantive progress on shifting to low-carbon, climate-resilient pathways.

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