Efficient, well-designed cities can significantly lower the ecological footprint and offer equitable access to opportunities and essential services.

Decisions made in cities today will determine whether we succeed in creating a sustainable future. We can either choose to focus on clean, climate-smart growth, or opt for ‘business as usual’ and get locked into a high-carbon, inefficient and unsustainable future. At WRI India Ross Center, our aim is to create big outcomes in key ‘deep dive’ cities where we bring our expertise and experience to help local leaders, city stakeholders and partners test and expand strategic initiatives that address longstanding urban challenges — such as congestion, pollution, road safety, inequitable access to jobs and core urban services etc.


We focus our effort through 10 Integrated Solutions that not only address pressing challenges that cities face but also helps cities achieve their ambitions while balancing social, environmental and economic goals.

Accelerating sustainable development, by supporting enterprises working to solve urban problems, through initiatives such as CityFix Labs, STAMP, Smart Streets Lab etc.
Working closely with cities to identify and forecast water challenges and develop science-based and evidence-driven solutions to achieve sustainable water outcomes for all.
Partnering with city policymakers, and the private sector, to help them build the technical capabilities needed to achieve cleaner air and to become effective advocates for clean air for all.
Knowledge partner to MoHUA’s Climate Smart Cities agenda and working to further comprehensive climate responsive development to ensure sustainability and urban resilience.
Catalyzing a broader transformation toward sustainable cities by scaling possibilities for people-oriented development and people-centric spatial planning.
Informing urban policies, plans and project investment decisions through historic and present-day analysis to predict future developments.
Partnering with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), for the ‘Global Housing Technology Challenge – India’ to further affordable and sustainable housing for all.
Guiding cities in initiating systematic road design changes, infrastructure, laws and other measures to ensure safe mobility.
Re-designing transportation systems to better achieve the goals of sustainable mobility along with leveraging the ongoing clean energy transition in India.
Solving urban transit with a focus on integrating multimodal services – a combination of public transit, shared transportation, walking and cycling.