Urbanized areas are often where the world’s environmental problems are concentrated, but they are also the sources of the innovations that will address those problems.


In the years to come, an increasing number of metropolitan areas and communities will rely on a mixed portfolio of energy supplies tailored to their needs and regional ecosystems.


Ecosystems provide habitat for increasingly endangered species, the cultivation of biodiversity, and protection of natural systems that are integral to the continued survival of human society.

The Human Environment

Many communities are re-examining the relationships between the health of their citizens and the foods they eat, the buildings they inhabit and the ecological impact of human industry.

Global Networks

Many of the planet’s most pressing challenges are global in scale and are now being addressed by a growing diversity of collaborative global networks.

Future Leaders

The most important factor in the development of environmentally sustainable practices in the future is the behavior of coming generations and their leaders.