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Urbanites increasingly realize that climate change poses tremendous challenges and may even threaten cities’ continued habitability. Cities also are discovering that other drivers and concerns may justify action toward sustainability, including economic development and innovation through various “greening” measures.

Spurred by these motivations and by the disappointingly slow progress toward addressing climate change at the national and international levels, cities have increasingly recognized their role in contributing to the global burden of greenhouse gas emissions and accepted their responsibility for reducing it. Cities’ leadership will require not change around the edges, but a fundamental restructuring of how they operate, how much they consume in resources and how much waste they produce, what they look like, and how they are structured.

“Growing numbers of cities have pledged themselves to climate commitments as well as to broader sustainability goals.”

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