Green Branding 101 for Cities

Marc Stoiber offers suggestions for bolstering a city's green image by looking at several cities across the globe that have found success at marketing their own sustainable urbanism programs and initiatives.

Although the word sustainability is somewhat ubiquitous in the planning vocabulary of cities these days, certain places seem to come up again and again as beacons of successful green urbanism. There are, of course, the usual suspects: Portland, Curitiba, Vancouver, and many Scandinavian cities such as Copenhagen. Why are some cities so successful at branding themselves as eco-visionaries while the green reputations of others never seem to rise to the forefront of public consciousness?

According to Marc Stoiber, green branding efforts in many cities have thus far been sporadic and unimpressive. Stoiber concludes that the secret to successful green branding is "bold marketing as much as visionary infrastructure," and offers three takeaway points as recommendations for those wishing to improve their reputation as leaders in the realm of sustainability.

Full Story: How Cities Can Crack the Code to Successful Green Branding


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is the only comprehensive ranking and listing of graduate urban planning programs available.
Starting at $24.95

City Map Posters are in!

Available in 9 different cities.

NEW! Get the "Green Bible"

Understand the complexities of planning at the local level while preparing for the AICP* exam. Find out why this edition is included in the APA's recommended reading list.