Houston

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Mayor Sylvester Turner, Elected 2016

Houston in our Blog

Today, C40 announced the 35 finalists competing in ten urban climate action categories for the fourth-annual C40 Cities Awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD. The winners will be announced on December 1, 2016, at a ceremony in Mexico City, held alongside the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit.

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new report shows that city action is revving the engine of the early electric vehicle market. The report – born from a collaboration between C40, the International Council on Clean Transportation, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and the 11th Hour Project –catalogues actions cities, states and regions are taking to promote electric vehicle in an effort to better understand which practices are linked to electric vehicle sales.

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At the City Climate Leadership Awards ceremony in New York in September, the C40 News team interviewed representatives from several of the winning cities. The interviews, which were also syndicated on Denmark’s largest TV network, gave the winners an opportunity to share the successes of their projects, the impact cities can have in a global context, and what it means to be part of C40.

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced last week that the city of Houston will convert 165,000 streetlights to low emissions LED lights – making it the largest project of its kind in the US. Replacing the lights will reduce the city’s streetlight energy usage by 50 percent, cut municipal greenhouse gas emissions by five percent and save the city an impressive $28 million.

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Seoul, Houston & Rio de Janeiro were featured last week on CNN International’s mini-series The City, as part of the network’s ongoing collaboration with the C40. The series profiles the sustainable future of five C40 cities on five different continents and features C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg discussing how cities are leading the way in addressing the risks that climate change poses.

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Ten cities from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) gathered in Houston to discuss the challenges and opportunities of reducing emissions from each of their city’s private sector building stock during the first meeting of C40’s “Private Sector Building Energy Efficiency Network.” The workshop, held on March 5-7, took place in conjunction with an Urban Land Institute (“ULI”) Forum on real estate, technology and sustainability.

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This week, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the winners of the Mayors Challenge, a contest launched last June to award $9 million to five US cities that come up with innovative ideas for solving major problems and improving quality of life. Out of a pool of more than 300 competitors, three C40 cities — Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia — took home $1 million each to put their ideas into action.

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This week the Financial Times (FT) released its annual Urban Ingenuity Magazine, marking the end of a year-long process with the announcement of the 2012 FT/Citi Ingenuity Award winners. These were selected from a group of finalists including C40 cities Houston, Paris and Tokyo. The awards—honoring a winner and runner-up in the categories of education, energy, healthcare and infrastructure—accepted entries from municipalities, community groups, charities and businesses proposing original solutions to urban problems.

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Last week, Mayor Annise Parker announced the Challenge award-winners, including special recognition for Brian Yeoman, C40-CCI City Director in Houston. According to Mayor Parker, the Challenge was a success with more than 375 buildings and their tenants participating, representing 75 million square feet. Additionally, Houston placed fourth (up from seventh last year) in a national ranking of cities with the most LEED certified buildings.

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Houston boasts 14 LEED-certified buildings, including Texas’s first LEED-Platinum skyscraper, 717 Texas. LEED-Platinum is the highest-ranking a U.S. building can receive under the commonly-used US Green Building Council system. ura Spanjian, Sustainability Director for the City of Houston, spoke on today’s session on Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings. Here’s some more information on some of the interesting work Houston is doing right now to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker has been honored for her city’s innovative work to improve the energy efficiency of the city’s public and private building stock. The C40 City mayor received a first place award in the large city category of the 2011 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Walmart.

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Continuing its groundbreaking sustainability efforts, Texas’s largest city has launched a major city-wide electric vehicle program called “Houston Drives Electric.” Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) Cities Program, which is now a fully integrated partner with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), power producer NRG Energy’s eVgo program and charging station manufacturer ECOtality are moving this car-dependent city toward a more sustainable transportation network.

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