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About Sorocaba

About the City

Land area (km2)



586,594 (2010)

Population growth rate

Percentage of the city's territory which is urban

Population density (hab / km2)

Rate of population density change over last decade




Main economic activity

Sector 2: services

Community type

City municipality

About the Local Government

Official name


Official name in English


Number of municipal employees

Annual income in USD

Annual expenditure in USD

Mayor or senior elected representative

Municipal Commissioner or senior appointed representative

City vision and mission statement




Urban systems, infrastructures and services managed by the Local Government

ICLEI Membership

Member of regional/national/global initiatives

Original vision and practise

Description of relevant existing development policies

Current sustainability strategy and/or action plan


Description of sustainability policies in the local community

Case studies

Relevant past and current projects



Current review process of existing policies , plans, strategies and activities

At a glance

% with access to electricity

% with access to district heating

% with access to district cooling

% served by municipal water system

Water consumption per inhabitant

% served by municipal wastewater drainage system

% served by municipal solid waste collection system

Solid waste generation per inhabitant

% of municipal area served by separate waste collection for recycling

% living in informal settlements

Public transportation modes available

Modal split

Public transportation network coverage of urban area

Energy profile

Community's final energy consumption by economic sector according to GPC

Energy consumption per inhabitant

Percentage of local government operations of community final energy consumption

Local government operations of final energy consumption by sector of activity according to IEAP

Community final energy consumption evolution through time

Further information on energy profile

For more information on the city's GHG emission reporting, visit their profile on the carbonn Climate Registry.

Municipal Plan for the Conservation and Recovery of the Atlantic Forest

In 2014, the City implemented the Municipal Plan for the Conservation and Recovery of the Atlantic Forest, with the aim of preserving the existing forested areas in the city, restoring important environmentally degraded parts, and interconnecting green spaces in order to create a biodiversity corridor and ensure greater stability of the local ecosystem. 

The Municipal Plan sets the implementation strategies and actions to occur by 2020, which includes: planting of seedlings along the banks of water bodies, the improvement of tree canopies in public parks, the promotion of private gardens, and the creation of incentivized special protection areas.

Low-carbon Mobility

Integrabike Program (completed between 2012 -2013), allows people to borrow public bikes for transport with the bus card. The Intergrabike has 19 stations and 152 bikes, which can be used by anyone over 18 that has the bus card. In turn, the free-of-charge public bike Program, coupled with the installment of 115 kilometers of cycling paths, has strengthened low-carbon urban mobility, while improving urban air quality, livelihoods and the city's green economy. 

For more information on the city's mitigation action reporting, visit their profile (page 2) on the carbonn Climate Registry.

GCC tracking for Sorocaba
Step I
Step II
Step III

GreenClimateCities methodology - Legend

GreenClimateCities Methodology - Sorocaba

Urban LEDS

Lessons learned and replication 

The following lessons have aided Sorocaba in its Urban-LEDS actions, such as:

  • Setting targets and deadlines in municipal plans is very important to guide actions aimed at promoting biodiversity and transforming them into permanent public commitments;
  • The participation of the local community is essential to the development, dissemination and implementation of the plan;
  • Partnerships with universities in the surveying, analysis and monitoring of the most important areas for conservation, and the establishment of techniques for the recovery of areas, adds technical quality and assists in the training of qualified professionals to work in the area;
  • The growing of seeds and plants is carried out by the local government in partnership with universities, NGOs and prisons, lowers costs and ensures a greater environmental range.


Urban-LEDS process / GreenClimateCities methodology implementation

Urban-LEDS MoU with ICLEI (name of document, date)

Memorando de Entendimento, April 23, 2013.