Energy Efficiency - November 1, 2018
More cities named to Climate Challenge
A new round of cities has been added to ten previously announced winners of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. The additions are Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. These cities join Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. as seventeen of the total 20 cities to be named winners of the Challenge.
Launched in June, the American Cities Climate Challenge is a $70 million-dollar program that will accelerate efforts in 20 winning cities to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for residents. Through the Climate Challenge, which is part of Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative, the chosen cities are accepted into a two-year acceleration program that will provide them with new resources and access to cutting-edge support to help meet or beat their near-term carbon reduction goals. According to a statement from Bloomberg Philanthropies, these resources include a philanthropy-funded team member to facilitate the development and passage of high impact policies, training for senior leadership to assist with implementation of their proposed climate plans, and citizen engagement support to maximize community buy-in.
Speaking at a ceremony to announce the latest winners in Minneapolis on Oct. 29, Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for climate action, said, “With Washington asleep at the wheel, cities are more important than ever in the fight against climate change. And they are driving America forward.”
The Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge builds on the America’s Pledge initiative, which aims to keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement. Bloomberg will continue to announce the winners of the Climate Challenge on a rolling basis this year, highlighting the ongoing, ambitious, and impactful actions cities are taking every day to address the growing threat of climate change.
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