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Building Sustainable Cities

The UTC Building Sustainable Cities initiative promotes environmental responsibility through sustainable building practices in urban areas. We initiate and participate in programs designed to educate on the need for more sustainable building practices and encourage the growth of urban green spaces.

Key programs include:

American Architectural Foundation. In 2009, UTC and the American Architectural Foundation launched the Sustainable Cities Design Academy (SCDA). This new initiative provides leadership development and technical assistance to local community leaders engaged in policy shaping and design decisions in their communities. In 2010, academies were held in Seattle, WA, Chicago IL, and Washington D.C. Read about the outcomes of 2010 SCDA in CR in Depth.For a schedule of SCDA events in 2011, visit AAF.

United States Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools. In 2010, as part of UTC’s long-standing commitment to sustainable building practices and educational enrichment, we made a multi-year, multi-million dollar commitment to serve as the Center for Green School’s founding sponsor. The Center will focus on the design and construction of green, energy-efficient K-12 schools, colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

In South Korea, energy-efficient systems manufactured by Carrier and Otis are being used in the development of Songdo International Business District, one of Asia's first eco-cities.