The purpose of the CURES is to harness unique capabilities to develop and deploy the research, applied learning and education, with public engagement, to generate the capabilities that cities will need to be more livable, prosperous, resilient, and sustainable.
The issue on improving the urban sustainability requires collaboration between the public and private sector. An estimated 40 of the top 100 economies today are multinational corporations. Investment by the Private Sector in the urban environment is substantial ranging from an estimated 50 to 75% of total city investment. The issues in urban sustainability are too big for public sector alone –the collaboration among the public and private sector will be pivotal to making progress. We are exploring potential industry and foundation partners to provide the baseline support for CURES, while also working with cities to establish other research relationships for supporting the interactions for the cities themselves
Partnerships will be established with several other universities as well as national laboratories, NGOs, and private entities that are aligned with the mission of CURES. Greenleaf Advisors and Greenleaf Communities are advising on the formation of the Center and assisting in outreach to partners as we establish a robust network for engagement on urban sustainability.
CURES works with cities on developing integrated sustainable solutions to improve community-wide health and prosperity now and in the future.
The purpose of CURES is to harness core competencies to develop and deploy the research, applied learning and education, with public engagement, to generate the capabilities that cities will need to be more livable, prosperous, resilient, and sustainable. The Center will focus on strategies and policy tools to build resilience to climate change, promote human welfare and address the inter-dependence of urban water, food, and energy.
The work of CURES will be problem driven and issue focused in developing solutions that use a diverse set of tools to shape a critical set of interconnected urban systems to help cities meet sustainability challenges. CURES will harness existing expertise and catalyze new research on several interconnected elements of the urban system that are critical to questions of sustainability.
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