News Article
April 15, 2015

Welcome to WRIcities.org!

Rio de Janeiro

World Resources Institute has established WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities to encompass a wider range of issues related to urban sustainability. Photo by Christian Haugen/Flickr. 

Today, we are launching the public face of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and WRIcities.org.

By 2030, the world’s cities are expected to grow by 1.5 billion people, add around 1 billion cars, and expand over more land area than ever before. To address the pressing challenges of urbanization, World Resources Institute has established WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, which builds on our work as EMBARQ on sustainable urban mobility to encompass a wider range of issues related to urban sustainability. We are joining forces with both existing and new partners to create sustainable, innovative, and pragmatic solutions that work locally and scale globally.

Over the past 12 years, we have supported cities worldwide and engaged partners to solve big urban mobility issues—like scaling up bus rapid transit (BRT). We have delivered sustainable mobility to 5.8 billion people,   saving them 1.2 billion hours for work, education, and leisure.

We have learned how to approach complex urban issues and create innovative solutions, so that cities can avoid the pitfalls of unsustainable development. Although EMBARQ will continue to focus on urban mobility, we’ve created WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities to meet the urban challenge at a global scale.

We’re combining our on-the-ground experience, proven approach, and global network of partners with the strength of World Resources Institute to create scalable solutions worldwide.

We’ll utilize WRI’s technical expertise, data, and powerful tools—such as Aqueduct water risk analysis and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol for Cities—to work with our local teams and partnerships to help cities make big ideas happen. Together, we’ll continue to help city leaders find innovative ideas and make urban areas great places by focusing on challenges like urban development, mobility, water, health, road safety, energy, buildings and better government.


You can now find us on Twitter at @WRIcities.