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May 2009
Clinton Climate Initiative and USGBC Show the World How to Go Climate Positive with 16 Demonstration Projects in 10 Countries

The potential of green building and green development to create green jobs and save energy, water and money will be most successfully realized when it is implemented at every level, from green retrofits of individual existing buildings to the infrastructure of entire cities. The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) last week announced a new program, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, that will support the development of large-scale urban communities that are designed to reduce the amount of onsite CO2 emissions to below zero.

The Climate Positive Development Program will support developments in 10 countries on six continents.
Watch President Clinton discuss the program now »

Climate Positive developments use a number of strategies that reduce energy use and generate clean energy. The initial 16 projects will see property developers and local governments working together to holistically integrate specific priorities , including implementing economically viable innovations in building, waste management, clean energy generation, water management, transportation and outdoor lighting systems.

USGBC is working with the Clinton Climate Initiative, a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation, to provide technical guidance in support of CCI’s business and financial expertise. USGBC will help develop and establish the standards and metrics by which the participating sites can measure their climate-positive outcomes.

“A program that aims to set a new global benchmark has to be set on solid metrics,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair of USGBC. “We know this from our experience with LEED and believe it’s fundamental to delivering immediate and measurable results.”

The projects participating in the Climate Positive Development Program so far are:

  • Destiny, Fla., USA.
  • Dockside Green, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Godrej Garden City, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
  • Elephant & Castle, London Borough, Southwark, UK.
  • Albert Basin, East London, UK.
  • Magok Urban Development Project, Magok-dong Gayang-dong, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Mahindra World City, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
  • Menlyn Maine, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • VicUrban @ Officer, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  • Panama Pacifico, London & Regional, Panama.
  • Zonk’izizwe Town Center, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Victoria Harbour, Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  • Toronto Waterfront-Lower Don Lands, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Treasure Island Redevelopment Project, San Francisco, Calif., USA.
  • Stockholm Royal Seaport, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Pedra Branca Sustainable Urbanism, Palhoça, Greater Florianópolis, Santa Catarina State, Brazil.

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