Cisco and the Clinton Global Initiative

About Connected Urban Development

The William J. Clinton Foundation launched the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005 to solve global problems that affect the quality of human life. The initiative brings a community of global leaders together to devise and implement innovative solutions that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. The initiative aligns with Cisco's strategy to reduce dependency on physical travel by investing in collaboration technologies that help reduce carbon emissions. In recognizing Cisco for its role in addressing climate change, President Bill Clinton in his book Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World says this about Cisco: “Cisco, the global information technology giant, has committed to reduce its CO2 emissions by 10 percent, primarily through a 20 percent company-wide travel reduction. It has also made a pledge with potentially far greater impact. The company will invest $15 million over the next three to five years to develop plans to reduce traffic congestion in cities, beginning with San Francisco, Seoul, and Amsterdam. Based on the projects, Cisco will develop a Connected Urban Development program, which can be used to reduce congestion in other urban areas, lowering CO2 emissions and saving both citizens and local governments time and money.”