Birmingham has signed a major agreement designed to make it one of the world's top cities, and the first in Britain, leading in the battle against climate change.
The scheme, backed by former US president Bill Clinton and which was signed in San Francisco on Wednesday, will establish Birmingham as a global leader in developing environmentally-friendly homes.
Along with six other cities - Amsterdam, Lisbon, Hamburg, Madrid, San Francisco and Seoul - it will share the £15 million invested by IT firm CISCO Systems to help devise technologies to tackle global warming.
Council officials flew to San Francisco on Tuesday to sign the agreement, which has been hailed as a major coup for the authority.
Coun Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: ''This is an exciting world exclusive, firmly putting the city of Birmingham at centre stage globally in terms of finding new, innovative and very practical approaches to climate change.
"Linking Birmingham to the Clinton Initiative and collaborating with CISCO in this way is an exceptional opportunity to enhance the way in which we tackle growth, place making and development in the most sustainable ways possible."
The Connected Urban Development (CUD) programme, part of the Clinton Initiative, will give Birmingham free access to CISCO developers who will help the city develop "smart" homes and communities.
This will include establishing global best practice on issues such as eco-towns, carbon neutral homes and incorporating environmental factors into planning regulations.