Today kicked off the second phase of the Climate Positive Development Learning Program for international leaders in sustainable urban development. This marks the second gathering of the Climate Positive Development Program (CPDP), which brings together 18 large-scale urban projects around the world to pursue the ambitious goal of surpassing net-zero emissions.2.26.12 Group Looking At Model

Participants survey a model of Victoria Harbour in Docklands, Melbourne, a landmark sustainable precinct.

“It is very exciting to get all of these Climate Positive Development Partners from around the world together into one room, sharing ideas and identifying solutions to their planning and implementation challenges,” said Zach Tofias, director of the C40 Sustainable Communities Initiative and the Climate Positive Development Program. “These projects represent urban laboratories that are helping to spread ideas and benefits across C40 Cities. I thank the City of Melbourne and Lend Lease for their commitment and assistance in making this Learning Program possible.”

More than 30 Climate Positive Development Partners are attending the event in Melbourne this week, representing the following development projects:

Moderated discussions and small group sessions bring global project representatives into dialogue on day one of the Learning Program.2.26.12 Group Presentation

  • Menlyn Maine, Pretoria South Africa
  • Victoria Harbour, Melbourne Australia
  • Barangaroo, Sydney, Australia
  • ProjectZero, Sonderborg Denmark
  • Waterfront Toronto, Toronto Canada
  • Stockholm Royal Seaport, Stockholm Sweden
  • BMX, Sao Paulo Brazil
  • EcoDistricts, Portland USA
  • Elephant & Castle, London UK

Moderated discussions and small group sessions bring global project representatives into dialogue on day one of the Learning Program.The three-day agenda will help project developers to create and apply roadmaps toward Climate Positive objectives; as well as to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges that projects are currently facing across a range of issues, from technology selection to planning. In addition to an in-depth look at several projects in attendence, the program features discussions on carbon credits moderated by a leading representative of the World Green Building Council. On the third day of the workshop, the scope of discussions will expand to include participants in the C40 Cities Sustainable Communities workshop; the joint sessions with Climate Positive Development Partners, key industry stakeholders, and C40 City government policy makers will explore the ways that cities and the private sector can work together to support the development of sustainable urban communities.

In September 2011, Stockholm Royal Seaport Innovation hosted the first Climate Positive Development Learning Program conference, which focused on decision-making tools, such as carbon modeling software customized to CPDP’s greenhouse gas reporting guidelines, as well as to a new intranet website serving as the program’s central information exchange.

Click here for further coverage on the first Climate Positive Learning Program conference in Stockholm, made possible thanks to the support of Vinnova and the Stockholm Royal Seaport Innovation.