Urban Sustainability Leadership
Carrier is supporting three years of conservation work aimed at helping cities become more resilient and sustainable. Our world is urbanizing at a faster rate than ever before, with more than two-thirds of the global population projected to live in cities by 2050. But the kinds of cities we’ve built over the past century are not sustainable or resilient—and in fact, they can be deeply unhealthy, even fatal places for many.
And as our global urban footprint grows, so too does the strain on our environment. As we confront the growing impacts of climate change, realities such as more intense storms and flooding, deadly urban heat, sea level rise and water shortages threaten city dwellers from Shanghai, China, to Palm Beach County, Florida. To save the planet, we must transform our cities.
Carrier’s $3 million contribution will support work aimed at amplifying natural solutions to urban challenges, including:
- Restoring coastal habitat, including oyster reefs and mangroves, in Palm Beach County, Florida, near Carrier’s headquarters, to help protect the region from storm surge and sea level rise.
- Planting 1,000 new trees per hectare to support water security in the San Juan River watershed that provides drinking water for the city of Monterrey, Mexico. Creating a video curriculum aimed at young people, to explain how forest restoration efforts, like the Monterrey water fund, protect water.
- Bringing nature’s benefits to tens of millions in Shanghai, China, with support for the Qiandao Lake Water Fund, which protects drinking water quality for the city, as well as support for a habitat gardens initiative, which provides access to nature for city dwellers.