Mayor Bloomberg & Siemens Cities CEO Busch solidify partnership

C40 Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg met last week with the CEO of Siemens Infrastructures & Cities Sector Roland Busch to sign a memorandum of understanding, solidifying a partnership between the two organizations.

The partnership will combine Siemens’ technical expertise with C40’s robust network of cities, enhancing the work of both organizations. The two groups will also jointly bestow 10 annual City Climate Leadership Awards to cities that demonstrate unique commitments to climate solutions.

C40 and Siemens have partnered before — earlier this year Siemens sponsored the Low Carbon Prize, a green energy competition geared toward bright young students, hosted by London Mayor Boris Johnson. Siemens sponsors the winners’ cash prizes and a paid internship with the company, in efforts to continue to cultivate climate solutions that will help London reach its goal of cutting carbon emissions 60 percent by 2025.

The winner of this prize will be announced during an event at the Siemens Crystal (pictured below), an urban sustainability center Siemens opened in collaboration with Mayor Johnson last November. C40 Chair Mayor Bloomberg attended and spoke at “Urban Planning for City Leaders,” an event that coincided with the Crystal’s opening.

The Crystal