WRI analysis finds that across locations and regulatory environments, there are many achievable policy pathways to zero carbon buildings.
This working paper describes water access challenges in cities of the global south that have been hitherto largely invisible in global indicators. In analyzing 15 cities, we found that piped utility water is the most affordable option, yet, on average, almost half of all households lack access, and most of those that do have access receive intermittent service. This paper highlights four key action areas for cities to improve water access: extending the formal piped water network, addressing context-specific causes of intermittent water service, pursuing diverse strategies to make water affordable, and supporting informal settlement upgrading.
New research finds millions have access only a few hours a day, while others are forced to pay up to a quarter of monthly household income for private provision.
Nearly 150,000 people lost their lives on Indian roads in 2018. The Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, recently approved by India's parliament, aims to make streets safer for both drivers and pedestrians.
Projects like Barcelona's "superblocks" and Atlanta's Beltline are showing cities how to adapt to growing environmental and economic pressures.
Most people think of air pollution as strictly a health issue. The reality is that dirty air affects climate, water, agriculture and renewable energy systems.
This report identifies and presents the main barriers that cities face when implementing electric buses, especially in the global south. Analysis for this report is based predominately on 16 WRI-conducted case studies and framed by a literature review. Six key barriers under three categories are identified.
This report offers a nine-step framework that can be used by cities at all stages of developing electric bus transit. It aims to fill in knowledge gaps and provide actionable guidance to help cities and bus operators overcome the most common and debilitating barriers to electric bus adoption. Key actions are identified for various stakeholders under different development stages.
Positive change is happening in cities, but it’s often lost in a sea of bad news about air pollution, rising costs of living and traffic jams. Projects from Dar es Salaam, Medellín, Pune and more provide inspiration.
Mobility is a gateway to opportunity, and transportation can make cities more wonderful, livable and equitable. WRI Vice President Lawrence MacDonald is joined by Robin Chase and Harriet Tregoning to talk about the New Urban Mobility alliance (NUMO) and how they are building better cities for all.
While dozens of cities have taken the "Vision Zero" pledge to end traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries, many are struggling to make progress. Evidence from London, Bogota and other cities reveals three ways to redesign streets to save lives.
India's first car-free day returns streets to people.
A global collaboration to support national governments to address pressing economic, inequality and climate challenges by making their cities livable and sustainable.
Innovative public-private collaboration speeds the development and implementation of building efficiency policies and practices.
WRI China is supporting Beijing in the city’s implementation of an innovative low-emission zone to reduce air pollution and associated public health costs, among other effects.
Some schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania see more than a dozen of their students injured or killed in road crashes every year. Traffic engineer Ayikai Charlotte Poswayo wants to change that.
From a student safety initiative in Dar es Salaam to a massive mixed-use development in Manhattan, projects around the world are transforming the world's cities. WRI's Courage to Lead dinner brought together leading architects, real estate developers, urban planners and other innovators to discuss the future of cities.
World Resources Institute is celebrating urban transformation at its Courage to Lead Dinner on April 10 at The Shed, the new arts and culture venue at Hudson Yards in New York City. Renowned real estate developer and philanthropist Stephen M. Ross will announce the first-ever winner of the WRI Ross Prize for Cities, chosen from among 200 projects transforming cities around the globe.
In just two decades, Eskişehir went from a polluted and crumbling post-industrial city to a bustling model of sustainability. The Eskişehir Urban Development Project established a network of green spaces and accessible streets, all linked by a new electric tram.
This case study tells the story of the Via RecreActiva, a ciclovía event that closes more than 60km of streets in Guadalajara, Mexico every Sunday for public recreation and entertainment. The paper explains the benefits that can come to a city that invests in car-free space and how these investments can spark broader change towards a safer and more equitable city.