How global cities are going green - Curbed

The feasibility of a Green New Deal—a massive mobilization to decarbonize the economy—has gone from a progressive dream to one of the most commented upon topics in American politics in a few months time.

There’s a hunger for action around the environment, and with federal policies frozen or in regression under the current presidential administration, much of the action in the U.S. around combatting climate change has fallen to local and city leaders.

From pledging to stay in the Paris climate accords to adopting renewable power, U.S. cities have seen a flurry of activity and innovation, pushing new programs and initiatives. But as the need for emissions cuts and resiliency plans become more clear in the wake of increased billion-dollar disasters, flooding, and wildfires, the desire for big ideas only grows.

Luckily, there are plenty of examples of great policy around the globe. Curbed spoke with experts from the Natural Resources Defense Council, C40 Cities, Global 100%RE, Sierra Club, and the Rocky Mountain Institute to get their take on city climate policies that were progressive, practical, and, most importantly, working. Here are the ideas U.S. cities could copy.

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