ICLEI, LSE Release Report on Cities Leading the Next Economy
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The survey report shows the extent to which cities have successfully integrated green policies since 1992.

According to the report, all 53 cities surveyed aspired to be “green,” with 95% reporting that they believed green policies would benefit the economy, and 75% reporting they were willing to invest in new green technology to drive change.

20 June 2012: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) Cities Programme released a report titled “Going Green: How cities are leading the next economy,” on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

The survey report shows the extent to which cities have integrated green policies since 1992. According to the report, all 53 cities surveyed aspired to be “green,” with 95% reporting that they believed green policies would benefit the economy, and 75% reporting they were willing to invest in new green technology to drive change.

The report notes, however, that there is still work to be done. While cities expect going green to bring positive economic impacts including growth, job creation, inward investment, innovation, entrepreneurship and attracting skilled workers, only 20% of cities have developed a coordinated strategy for green growth. [ICLEI Press Release] [Publication: Going Green: How Cities Are Leading the Next Economy]

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