World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute is a global research organization that works with governments, businesses, multilateral institutions and civil society groups to develop practical solutions that improve people’s lives and protect nature.


The World Resources Institute(WRI), established in 1982, is a global nonprofit organization with the mission of moving human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USA and twelve regional offices around the world, WRI partners with leaders in government, businesses, civil society, and multi-lateral institutions and works in more than fifty countries to research, design, and carry out practical solutions that simultaneously improve people’s lives and ensure nature can thrive.WRI categorizes its work around seven urgent global challenges:Food, Forests, Water, Ocean, Cities, Energy, and Climate.

The Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is WRI's program dedicated to shaping a future where cities work better for everyone. Comprised of international experts in urban planning and development, mobility, energy efficiency, resilience, housing, water management and more, the Ross Center focuses on integrated solutions to new and long-standing urban challenges, primarily in the global South. Through innovative research, deep engagement, and global partnerships, the Ross Center's network of local and international experts puts cities on a trajectory of more sustainable and equitable development, catalyzing and accelerating transformative initiatives that turn cities into resilient, inclusive, low-carbon places that are good for people and the planet.