Established in 2009, the Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative (PCSI) is a collaborative dialogue which aims to foster long-term sharing of urban sustainability strategies between communities across the Asia-Pacific region. Cities across the Asia-Pacific region face a number of daunting and conflicting challenges: to cut energy use, reduce environmental degradation, develop effective, public-private strategies for climate change adaptation, while building thriving, livable cities that enhance both long-term economic development and quality of life for their residents.

To address the diverse challenges of creating livable, resilient cities, PCSI organizes activities focused on identifying local solutions to global problems through seminars, conferences, and student activities. PCSI’s guiding principles are to showcase and share solutions that emphasize livability for urban citizens and to ensure that the cities of today and tomorrow are designed, built, and governed around the needs of all its inhabitants.

About the Organizers

Established in 2009, PCSI is a joint program of the Asia Society and the Urban Land Institute, created in partnership with the Centers for International Business (CIBER) of the USC Marshall School of Business and UCLA Anderson School of Management, as well as with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. Additional support for PCSI comes from  our sponsors and leading global organizations from North America, Asia, and beyond.


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The Urban Land Institute is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines, with offices around the world including Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong, and Frankfurt.



Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with headquarters in New York and centers in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Sydney, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and Washington, DC.

For more information, contact: Emily Peckenham, Sustainability Program Manager at Asia Society Northern California: epeckenham (at) asiasociety.org