World leaders gathered last week in Glasgow, Scotland for the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference. Conversations included country negotiations and commitments for a better planet. The data, statistics and country testimonial can be overwhelming. At ID360 we work with city governments to develop, implement and manage their climate action plans so we took a closer look at the information coming out of Cop 26 to ask: What role do cities play?

Transition from Fossil Fuels

In order to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2030, the world needs to cut the rate of greenhouse gas emissions by almost 27 billion metric tons a year.

Cities have a real opportunity to lead in this area. City governments are more nimble than state or national governments. They can set time-bound aggressive targets to transition to sustainable policies and implement local reach codes. Cities also have a direct line to community stakeholders. Community support is critical to the success of any climate action plan.

California cities are at the forefront with 35 cities banning the use of fossil fuels in new residential buildings.

Financing change

Much of the conversation coming out of Scotland was related to the cost of transitioning to renewable energy. The good news is we have seen a deceleration of costs for clean technologies as more businesses have entered the space and more technologies are now available. According to a recent Market Watch Report, wind has gotten 45% cheaper, with the cost of solar down 85% and batteries, such as for electric vehicles and solar storage, down 89%.

Additionally, with the introduction of the Infrastructure and Investment and Jobs Act there will be federal subsidies available for much of the work at the city and state level.

Cities account for 55% of the global population, but contribute 75% of carbon dioxide emissions. They can do better. They are positioned to lead. And we are here to support.

Top takeaways from Verge 21

Verge 21 is an annual climate tech event with more than 10,000 leaders online from all sectors working to advance solutions to address the climate crisis. We heard from many great speakers and participated in thought-provoking working sessions. Here at ID360, the event raised the question: What is the future of sustainable business?

With our 360 degree approach, we have the unique ability to tackle this question from every angle. At ID360 we see the future of sustainable business centering on three key areas: Decarbonization, Education and Climate Action Planning.


According to a recent McKinsey report, “23 states have plans to decarbonize either their power sectors or their entire economies by at least 80 percent by 2050.”

Decarbonization is one of the best ways for businesses to demonstrate leadership in the community. We work with those in the public and private sectors to decarbonize built environments leading to healthier buildings for all.


Education plays a key role in the future of sustainable business. Educating future green professionals, educating the current workforce to enforce reach codes, and educating those designing built environments to support use of the best materials and design for healthy, sustainable buildings.

That is why here at ID360 we launched our ID360 Academy earlier this year. Catering to working professionals, all of our courses are online and on-demand. Our students work at their pace to complete courses and earn CEUs in areas such as LEED, fundamentals of sustainable design and construction, and CALGreen.

Climate Action Planning

Climate Action Planning is an intricate and often complicated process. The future of sustainable business demands vested community stakeholders who take a 360 approach to planning, management and implementation of their climate action plans.

Our team works with these communities balancing goals with practical solutions. And where we shine is implementation and management.

In conclusion, the future of sustainable business is ever-changing. We are here to support. Contact us to learn more!