Every city has priority issues critical for its communities. In some, it could be energy issues like brownouts; in others, the desire to rely less on biofuels.
The problem with city planning, though, is that it’s often done in silos, Jennifer Layke, director of the Building Efficiency Initiative at World Resources Institute, told Devex.
“We’re looking for a transformative outcome, and yet we’re going to allocate X amount of dollars to replace a roof in five years, we’re going to allocate X amount of dollars to improve the water quality in this one neighborhood,” Layke said. “That doesn’t get you to to an integrative plan.”
The focus on supporting national governments is for good reason, as they decide the overarching framework for their communities. But there must also be an emphasis on cities — which often don’t have creditworthiness and depend on national government for funding — to help get those investments right.
How do we make sure that national-to-local chain of decision supports the best climate outcome? Layke explains a few solutions she’s seeing in this video interview.
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