Sustainable Cities

The Summit Foundation's Sustainable Cities program seeks to radically increase the sustainability of cities through transformative climate action.

The solutions exist to halve global greenhouse emissions by 2030, and those solutions need to be implemented with unprecedented speed. We focus on projects and policies at the city scale because they can simultaneously improve quality of life for city dwellers while addressing the climate crisis.

Climate action must include greenhouse gas mitigation as well as adapting to the climate impacts that will continue to increase in severity. We believe a successful response to the climate crisis will not only transform our energy systems and land use patterns, but also the broken systems that exacerbate inequalities. Equitable climate action at the city scale must be led by the community and benefit the most vulnerable first.

Program Strategies



The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) functions as a peer to peer professional network, connecting government groups seeking realistic and achievable solutions with economic and environmental challenges cities face…. Read More »

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) is a collaboration of international cities committed to achieving aggressive long-term carbon reduction goals. Cities striving for carbon neutrality recognize that averting the worst impacts of climate change will require cutting GHG emissions by at least 80% by 2050. Because urban areas account for nearly three-quarters of humanity’s emissions, reaching this goal will depend in large part on our ability to reimagine and reinvent cities in ways that promote economic prosperity, social equity, enhanced quality of life, and climate resilience…. Read More »


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Essential Capacities for Urban Climate Adaptation, produced by the Innovation Network for Communities (INC) with support from the Summit Foundation, is based on an extensive review of climate adaptation literature, city adaptation plans, and in-depth consultation with practitioners. The report identifies seven essential capacities that leading cities have begun to develop to effectively implement climate… Read More »

Recent Grants

Here are a few of the projects and organizations we have supported recently.