Accelerating City Equity (ACE) Project




Project Vision

ISUH will undertake a global learning exchange to identify how equity drives sustainable development in cities worldwide. 

By 2024, ISUH aspires to develop an international framework and accelerate learning so that cities may implement to promote equity within sustainable urban development.

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Strategic Objectives:


  • Identify and assess tools, elements, processes, policies, and factors that have led to equitable sustainable urban development decisions and outcomes 
  • Leverage national and global networks to facilitate knowledge sharing across borders 
  • Equip cities and grassroots organizers with tools to implement their own equity-driven sustainable urban development strategies 
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Expected Outcomes:


  • Establish a uniform framework for evaluating equity-driven strategies 
  • Increased knowledge by sustainable urban development practitioners 
  • Online platform to aid implementation and evaluation 
  • Long-term improvement of equity citywide 
  • Clearer narrative, international awareness and discourse that integrates equity as a key dimension of sustainable development decisions 

Equity is the fair distribution of resources to all population groups within and between communities on a national and global scale. There is currently a limited understanding of the processes and elements that lead to sustainable and equitable urban development. Equity must be made visible and actionable within sustainable development discussions and decisions, however, there is little evidence and a lack of information on how to make sustainable development an engine for improved equity and social justice. 

Responding to the needs of equity within sustainable urban development in the United States, ISUH will activate its national and global networks and facilitate knowledge sharing across borders. This project aims to accelerate the exchange of global knowledge on the drivers of equity in sustainable urban development and the implementation of practices found to be most catalytic in cities. 

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Project Funding

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Support for this project was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

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Our Project Team

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Giselle Sebag, MPH, LEED AP - Project Co-Director



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Carlos Dora, MD - Project Co-Director



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Mariana Gomes, MSc, MBA - Project Lead



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