Initiatives of Global Cities in Environmental Sustainability: A Case of London and New York City

Abu M. Sufiyan


As global cities are the financial centers of globalized economy, they have attained much attention from global communities concerning local initiatives on environmental sustainability. Many global cities are vulnerable to global warming and adversities of climate change. In the United States, many cities and local government, including New York City, are taking their own initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emission, whereas European cities are built historically with compact nature which is more sustainable. This study conducts a comparative analysis on local sustainability policies in New York City and London and focuses on the efficiencies of the initiatives taken by these cities. The comparative analysis reveals that there are more similarities than differences between London and New York City in regards to sustainability goals. However, approaches toward achieving sustainability goals are different in London and New York City due to dissimilarities in geography, local cultures, and diverse environmental politics. In conjunction with the government regulations, behavioral change of the citizens is also pivotal for achieving sustainability outcomes in global cities.

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