The Global Cities Project

The Global Cities Project

Building on the momentum of Earth Day 1990, EPC conducted extensive research into local environmental policies and provided valuable insights to local governments pursuing sustainability goals.

Building Sustainable Communities

Originally a program of Earth Day 1990, The Global Cities Project was adopted by EPC with the goal of assisting local governments in the design and implementation of sustainable policies. Following a massive research effort, EPC published a series of ten environmental guidebooks titled Building Sustainable Communities. These guidebooks contained a plethora of real world examples of successful local environmental policies on topics ranging from energy efficiency to land use.

The Global Cities Project guidebooks and case studies were then greatly expanded for online access in a complex searchable database-backed website named PolicyScan. The objective was to provide local government decision makers and those working with them an online “virtual staff for sustainability research.”

PolicyScan: A virtual staff for sustainability research

In the early 1990s, a nationwide trend was developing where environmental decision mak­ing was being divested to thousands of local governments. No website offered targeted local policy reforms or could fill demonstrated gaps in both the offline and online civic engagement infrastructure. EPC filled this need by developing PolicyScan, an interactive, easy-to-use website that gave users access to a database of over 5,000 case studies on environmental programs and policies.

Another goal of the website was to create a forum for the exchange of information between decision-makers at all levels of government, opinion leaders and other stakeholders in the development of environmental policies. Institutions and organizations could search the library to access hard-to-find reports, news articles and Internet resources. PolicyScan also provided the media with key environmental contacts and a comprehensive library to develop story ideas, maintain accessible sources and find meaningful facts for features, articles and in-depth reports.

The Global Cities Project was the most comprehensive resource on environmental policy for its time

In a time where the internet was still in its early stages, the Global Cities Project provided a vital resource to local governments in implementing policies to meet their sustainability goals. It played an important role in promoting the replication of innovative, effective and efficient local sustainable policies and programs.

Learn more about our past projects...

Earth Day 1990

The 20th Anniversary of the world's largest environmental gathering

Flex Your Power

California's Energy Conservation and Efficiency Campaign

Flex Alert

California's Emergency Energy Conservation Campaign

Smart Investing in California Communities

Bridging the gap between "two Californias"

Smart Growth Summit

Building the California Dream

The Presidio Conference

President's Council on Sustainable Development

California 2000 Civic Engagement Campaign

Building a Better California

California Urban Water Conservation Council

Best Management Practices and the CALFED Bay-Delta Program

CALSTART Electric Vehicle Awareness Campaign

Framing the conversation around electric vehicle infrastructure in California