May 18, 2009
May 18

Press Release: Clinton Climate Initiative To Demostrate Model For Sustainable Urban Growth With Projects In 10 Countries On Six Continents

Seoul, South Korea
Press Release

 President Clinton speaks in Seoul about the new Climate Positive Development ProgramClimate Positive Development Program to set example for cities to follow as they grow

May 19, 2009 – SEOUL – The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation, today announced a global program developed in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), called the Climate Positive Development Program. The program will support the development of large-scale urban projects that demonstrate cities can grow in ways that are “climate positive.” Climate Positive real estate developments will strive to reduce the amount of on-site CO2 emissions to below zero.

Sixteen founding projects on six continents, supported by local governments and property developers, will demonstrate Climate Positive strategies, setting a compelling environmental and economic example for cities to follow.

Last year, for the first time, half the world’s population (3.2 billion people) lived in cities1, and that figure is expected to grow to 70 percent2 by 2050. Cities also occupy just 2 percent of the world’s landmass, yet are responsible for more than two-thirds of global energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Rapid urban growth and climate change are putting our world’s cities in a vise grip of escalating infrastructure, energy, and health and human services costs that will be magnified by the pressure of climatic adaptation. How cities change and grow is therefore a critical component to tackling the climate crisis.

“As the Earth’s population increases and our cities grow, we need to ensure we have the models in place to sustain our way of life in an increasingly urbanized world,” President Clinton said. “The Climate Positive Development Program will set a new global standard for developments that will minimize environmental impacts and benefit economies as we build and rebuild homes, schools, and businesses. Today’s announcement builds off the work my Foundation and the C40 have done to initiate large-scale projects in more than 40 cities that are already reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making a significant impact in the fight against climate change.”

To reduce the net greenhouse gas emissions of these projects to below zero, property developers and local governments will agree to work in partnership on specific areas of activity. This includes implementing economically viable innovations in building, the generation of clean energy, waste management, water management, transportation, and outdoor lighting systems.

When the initial 16 projects are completed, nearly one million people will live and work in Climate Positive communities. These communities will be located in: Melbourne, Australia; Palhoça, Brazil; Toronto, Canada; Victoria, Canada; Ahmedabad, India; Jaipur, India; outside Panama City, Panama; Pretoria, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Seoul, South Korea; Stockholm, Sweden; London, UK; San Francisco, USA and Destiny Florida, USA.

By combining CCI's business and finance expertise with the technical knowledge of the USGBC, the Climate Positive Development Program will support the planning and implementation process for each real estate development and establish the standards and metrics by which the sites can measure climate positive outcomes.

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

"We know that when it comes to combating the threat of climate change, cities are acting in many ways," said Toronto Mayor David Miller, Chair of the C40 Group of large cities leading on climate change. "Climate Positive is yet another way cities will be able to continue to lead this important fight. This initiative is particularly important as the world becomes more urbanized and I want to thank CCI for making it a reality."

"I am sure our effort to fight global warming will be a successful one if initiatives like the Climate Positive Development Program continue to be widely accepted around the world," said Oh Se-hoon, Mayor of Seoul.

Photo credit: Seoul Metropolitan Government

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The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 100,000 LEED Accredited Professionals, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to soar to $60 billion by 2010. The USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. For more information please visit

About the C40 and the C40 Summit
C40 is a group of the world's largest cities committed to taking action on climate change. In 2006, the Clinton Climate Initiative, a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation, became the delivery partner of the C40.
On May 18, 2009, 70 leading cities around the world convened in Seoul for a four-day Summit to discuss climate concerns under the theme of Cities´ Achievements and Challenges in the Fight against Climate Change. At the Summit, major cities, which are one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions, will explore issues such as climate change and the economic crisis; low-carbon cities; sustainable city developments; and increasing ‘green’ energy use. To learn more about the C40 Summit, please visit


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

1World Urbanization Prospects:  The 2007 Revision Population Database, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

2World Urbanization Prospects: The 2007 Revision Population Database, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs