World Resources Institute honors C40 Chair Mayor Bloomberg for global environmental leadership

The World Resources Institute (WRI) yesterday celebrated its 30th anniversary at a “Courage to Lead” dinner held in New York City. At the event, WRI honored the philanthropic work of C40 Chair New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Stephen Ross, chairman, CEO and founder of Related Companies and Jonathan Lash, president of Hampshire College and WRI’s former president were also honored for their leadership.

Before delivering the keynote speech, Mayor Bloomberg was introduced by preeminent author and historian Michael Beschloss as a “transforming leader.” He described the Mayor’s remarkable accomplishments across a range of sectors, including his “moving forcefully” to advance environmental and sustainability in New York and beyond.

In his own speech, Mayor Bloomberg explained that cities are central in creating a more sustainable world, especially because the majority of the world’s population now resides in urban areas. As he noted, “The world is moving into cities, and we are in a desperate race for time.”

As C40 Chair, Mayor Bloomberg, works with Mayors across the globe to take meaningful action toward addressing climate change on a local level. C40, ICLEI, and WRI recently released the Pilot Version 1.0 of the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC).

The Mayor’s philanthropic foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, also partners with WRI to increase sustainability and improve public health by increasing global road safety through WRI’s EMBARQ center.

The “Courage to Lead” event video can be viewed here and WRI’s press release can be read here.