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Reports 13 Mar 2012

Citystates

How Cities are Vital to the Future of Sustainability

By Chris Guenther and Mohammed Al-Shawaf

Cities are where we build our most ambitious and symbolic structures, where we come together to share experiences and exchange capital, goods and ideas, and where we go in search of a better life. They will also be ground zero for the collision of economic, environmental and social imperatives that define sustainability.

Cities therefore provide a compelling frame through which to understand and drive sustainability. As models of characteristics such as connectivity, adaptability, decisiveness and experimentation they provide numerous lessons, especially to business, on how to advance the sustainability agenda both within and beyond the city.

Sponsored by Ford Motor Company and produced in partnership with GreenBiz,Citystates puts forward seven characteristics that enable us to explore the current and potential nexus between cities and sustainability and understand what risks and opportunities cities might hold for global companies who intersect with, provide for and depend on them in many ways.

Download the full report, watch the video briefing or join the debate on Twitter @SustAbility #citystates.

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