The City of Coral Springs was selected as one of 24 cities in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to participate in the Cities Forward program through 2025. Cities Forward is a collaborative initiative between the U.S. Department of State, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, Resilient Cities Catalyst and the Institute of the Americas.

Selected from 129 applicants, Coral Springs was chosen for its commitment to urban sustainability, resilience and inclusion. Through the program, cities in the United States are paired with another city in LAC to share local expertise and global perspectives. Coral Springs has been paired with Freeport, Bahamas. The City plans to work closely with their sustainability representatives to share ideas and projects that will strengthen sustainability efforts.

“Sustainability is a local and global endeavor, and our selection for this program out of hundreds of applicants is a testament to our innovative and collaborative approaches,” Coral Springs Sustainability Manager Andrea Lemaitre said. “I look forward to working with the four prestigious host organizations, representatives from Freeport, Bahamas, and other program participants to build strong relationships within the sector, learn and share best strategies and bolster Coral Springs’ interests.”

Launched at the Cities Summit of the Americas, the Cities Forward program was developed to support cities’ sustainability projects. Sustainability experts hope to solve critical urban challenges related to sustainability, inclusivity and resiliency.

Coral Springs’ participation aligns with the City’s strategic goal to be an innovative, high-performing and sustainable organization. It also supports the Sustainability Action Plan launched in 2022 to emphasize the commitment to enhancing sustainability through a multi-dimensional approach, including viewing sustainable practices through a global lens. See more information about the City’s sustainability efforts at