International leaders in sustainable urban development are gathering today to share best practices, technical know-how and establish collaboration at the three-day Climate Positive Development Learning Program conference hosted by Stockholm Royal Seaport Innovation.

This the first such gathering of the Climate Positive Development Program (CPDP), an initiative of the Clinton Climate Initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, since its launch in 2009. CPDP supports 16 large-scale urban development projects around the world, whose developers are committed to reducing operational greenhouse gas emissions to below zero. With the world’s cities facing increasing climate impacts and population growth, ensuring cities grow sustainably is critical.

The learning program kicking off today brings 9 CPDP project partners, representing more than 2,000 acres of urban land, together with C40/CCI leaders, policymakers and world-class experts in sustainable energy, low-carbon transportation, and advanced waste management systems. The event will introduce participants to important decision-making tools, such as carbon modeling software customized to CPDP’s greenhouse gas reporting guidelines, as well as to a new intranet website, which will serve as the program’s central information exchange.  

The 9 CPDP project partners participating in the conference are:

  • Elephant & Castle, London, U.K.
  • Victoria Harbour, Docklands, Melbourne, Australia
  • The Oberlin Project, Oberlin, Ohio, United States
  • Pedra Branca Sustainable Urbanism, Palhoça, Greater Florianópolis, Brazil
  • Menlyn Maine, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Treasure Island Development Project, San Francisco, United States
  • Stockholm Royal Seaport, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Barangaroo, Sydney, Australia
  • Waterfront Toronto’s Lower Don Lands, Toronto, Canada

Representatives from projects in Portland, Oregon, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Sonderborg, Denmark will also be in attendance.

“Cities around the world, in both developing and developed countries, face similar challenges when it comes to climate change,” said Seth Schultz, Director, Climate Positive Development Program. “There is a real opportunity to help these cities achieve locally relevant solutions. The Climate Positive learning program event being held in collaboration with Stockholm Royal Seaport is significant as it will enable urban development projects from all corners of the globe to share experiences and ideas, helping cities to grow in a more sustainable way.”

For further reporting on the learning program events, stay tuned to the C40 blog and follow #climatepositive on Twitter @C40cities.  Highlights include a site visit to Hammarby Sjöstad, where learning program participants will have the opportunity to experience first-hand this renowned sustainable urban development, and to hear how the City of Stockholm is integrating lessons learned in the Stockholm Royal Seaport Development.