The Built Environment Track focuses on developing innovative methods for improving the environmental, social, and economic efficacy of shelters, buildings, infrastructure, neighborhoods, and cities. Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) members in this Track address issues related to the design, sustainability, and management of the built environment, with particular focus on resource efficiency, transport, spatial justice, health promotion, and job creation.

2016 Focus Areas

  • Climate Preparedness and Resilience
  • Healthy, Livable, and Inclusive Cities
  • Innovative Community Regeneration Solutions
  • Sustainable Building for the 21st Century


In 2015, CGI members met several times on the topic of Resilient Cities, creating Commitments to Action that utilize design, investment, risk management, and technology to make cities better able to withstand the pressures associated with climate change and other risks. Members continued to work across sectors—with the notable engagement of mayors and other elected officials—to identify opportunities for public-private partnerships to finance and build public infrastructure. Members also accelerated regional and local strategies for long-term development of the built environment. The Scaling Sustainable Buildings Action Network elevated the issue of healthy buildings, resulting in the development of landmark commitments that address this issue.

Selected Commitments

Partnership to Map Air Pollution Across California Cities
Commitment by: Aclima Inc. 
Commitment Partners: Google Inc.

In 2015, Aclima and Google Maps committed to use a newly developed mobile sensor-based technology platform to measure and map air quality in at least three major metropolitan areas, including communities in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Central Valley regions of California. Read more »

100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge 
Commitment by: Rockefeller Foundation
Commitment Partners: Swiss Reinsurance Company; World Bank Group; Architecture for Humanity; The American Institute for Architects; Palantir Technologies, Inc.

In 2013, the Rockefeller Foundation committed to drive action toward building worldwide urban resiliency through the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge (100 RC), which will be implemented over the course of five years.  Read more »


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