Cities are on the front lines of climate change. As climate change intensifies, it will exacerbate existing problems plaguing cities such as rural-urban migration; air, water, and land pollution; poverty; and inequality. In this context, climate solutions like net-zero greenhouse gas emission strategies must also achieve other green outcomes that increase resilience, reduce pollution, make governance more inclusive, improve access to services, and create new jobs in cleaner and more circular economies.

In this paper “From net-zero cities to green cities: Strategies to promote sustainable urban development”, ICF demonstrates how U.S. federal agencies can help create green cities that bring social, environmental, and financial benefits to local populations.

Download the paper to learn:  

  • Why cities are critical to addressing climate change
  • How an integrated green-cities planning approach can achieve sustainable urban development goals
  • Examples of integrated planning in action
  • Actionable takeaways for federal agencies