About the Sustainable Cities Initiative
The World Green Building Council’s Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) is a task force enabling direct assistance from GBCs to cities around the world. The aim is to create partnerships that leverage synergies to rapidly accelerate the uptake of green building in cities around the world. This is done by focusing on opportunities in cities that are actively engaged in green building projects, programs and policies, and already belong to our partner organisations.
SCI has formal relationships with local government organisations, including the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and R20 Regions for Climate Action (R20). While our work program is initially focused on activities with our partners, the resources and learnings will be shared throughout the GBC network for cities outside our partners' networks.
The SCI focuses on four policy priority areas — Green Codes and Standards, Policies and Incentives, Benchmarking and Data Transparency, and Sustainable Urban Development. Green Building Councils participating in SCI can provide policy and technical expertise to cities through the Initiative’s five pillars of implementation — best practices; public policy; education, training and research; data-driven tools; and communication and marketing. These pillars of implementation are supported through SCI’s programmatic activities.
Participation in the C40 Networks:
SCI participants may volunteer to liaise on behalf of the Initiative on relevant C40 Networks. Relevant C40 Networks include Sustainable Urban Development, Cool Cities, Retrofit Financing and Climate Positive Developments
C40 Visioning Pilots:
National GBCs can partner with interested C40 cities to provide guidance and expertise for local redevelopment projects. Initial pilots are underway in Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Bogotá.
City Market Briefs:
The SCI is developing market briefs on the state of the green building industry in cities around the world. The brief includes relevant metrics allowing local governments to understand their leadership on green buildings, as well as opportunities for improvement. Many of these briefs correspond to C40 cities, but may also include non-C40 cities. Twelve briefs are currently available: download them here.
Five Pillars of Implementation
Why Participate in SCI?
Participation in the Sustainable Cities Initiative provides formal avenues for Green Building Councils to work directly with cities and to forge valuable relationships.
SCI Task Force Members
Jane Henley, World Green Building Council
Jason Hartke, U.S. Green Building Council
Adam Beck, Green Building Council Australia
Maggie Comstock, U.S. Green Building Council
José Moulin Netto, Green Building Council Brasil
Felipe Faria, Green Building Council Brasil
Ian Yoo, Korea Green Building Council
John Alker, UK Green Building Council
Bengt Wånggren, Sweden Green Building Council
Ann-Kristin Karlsson, Sweden Green Building Council
Brian Wilkinson, Green Building Council South Africa
Cristina Gamboa, Colombia Green Building Council
Pilar Medina, Colombia Green Building Council
For more information or to join the SCI, please contact Jason Hartke.