ZERO CITIES PROJECT
The Zero Cities Project is a three-year effort to support both cities and their most impacted communities* to co-develop and implement roadmaps and policy strategies to achieve a zero-carbon building sector by 2050. Through a community collaboration process centering on equity and analysis that draws on city data, the project generated a planning model, common roadmap, and a suite of tools that support a broad network of cities.
The Zero Cities project team integrates expertise from the Urban Sustainability Directors Network/Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Architecture 2030, New Buildings Institute, Race Forward, Movement Strategy Center, and Resource Media.
In recognition of the remaining carbon budget and the need to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C above preindustrial temperatures, Architecture 2030 is dedicated to an updated, more ambitious, and necessary emissions reduction timeline of 50-65% reduction in emissions by 2030, and full decarbonization by 2040. Architecture 2030 has refocused its contributions to the Zero Cities Project to align with this timeline.
*Most impacted communities include low income people of color; women; indigenous, LGBTQ+, elderly, young, and disabled people, and others