Cities constitute humanity’s certain destiny and our brightest hope. Covering just two percent of our world’s surface, cities house half of the world’s population and use 80 percent of the world’s energy. And in the coming decades, even more people and power will flow to cities. Human prosperity—indeed, human survival—depend on our ability to create healthier, more livable and more sustainable cities.
The Sustainable Urban Environments Initiative will reshape our planet as we work together to create a comprehensive, holistic vision of urban sustainability. It will provide the critical training, invaluable resources and inspiration needed to turn today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, passionate in their determination to, quite literally, change the world.