The Worldwatch Institute

The Worldwatch Institute

Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute’s top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.

Founded in 1974 by farmer and economist Lester Brown, Worldwatch was the first independent research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental concerns. Worldwatch quickly became recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Today, Worldwatch develops innovative solutions to intractable problems, emphasizing a blend of government leadership, private sector enterprise, and citizen action that can make a sustainable future a reality.

State of the World Launch Event

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 1:00pm EDT
Worldwatch Institute
1400 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Please join the Worldwatch Institute for the release of State of the World 2016: Can a City be Sustainable? on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 1:00-5:00 pm in Washington, D.C. Reception to follow. Can't make it? Register for the live webcast instead.

Cities are the world’s future. Today, more than half of the global population—3.7 billion people—are urban dwellers and that number is expected to double by 2050. There is no question cities are growing; the only debate is over how they will grow. Will we invest in the physical and social infrastructure necessary for livable, equitable, and sustainable cities? 

In the latest edition of State of the World, experts from around the globe examine the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profile cities that are putting them into practice. We first put our current moment in context, tracing cities in the arc of human history, and examine the basic structural elements of every city: materials and fuels, people and economics, and biodiversity.

More details about the in-person event here and the webcast here.