Financing Sustainable Urban Development: An Introduction

Financing Sustainable Urban Development: An Introduction


This introduction to financing sustainable urban development covers the need for this type of finance, new funding sources, and examples of how cities around the world have developed and financed projects to reduce the use of fossil fuel energy and resulting emissions, while improving their livability and inclusivity.


This guide will help city officials and local decision-makers:

  • Understand the urgency of financing sustainable urban growth
  • Examine challenges and barriers to obtaining financing 
  • Identify new sources of earmarked financing called sustainable urban finance
  • Follow a pathway to selecting and financing projects
  • Explore examples of potentially replicable and scalable sustainable projects


Author: Christopher Moon-Miklaucic and Albert Amos, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Editor: Mary Paden

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