Celebrating the Earth Every Day, 24/7

At C40, every day is Earth Day. So instead of coming up with something just for today’s celebration, we instead want to take this opportunity to share some of the actions cities have already taken this year. As the chairman often says, others talk. Cities act. Here’s proof:

• 2013 Sustainable Transport Award Honors Mexico City

PUBLISHED January 24, 2013

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) announced C40 city Mexico City as the winner of the 2013 Sustainable Transport Award. Together with a committee of international transportation and development experts, the Institute recognized the city’s achievements in its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, parking program, cycling and walking infrastructure, and improvements to public spaces.

Mexico City’s BRT system in particular stands out as an example of how effective transit systems can transform cities.


• Mayors Voices: Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia

PUBLISHED January 22, 2013

As Mayor of Vancouver, I'm very excited that Vancouver is joining the c40 - the second city in Canada (after Toronto) to do so. In an age of rising sea levels and extreme weather, there's never been a more important time for cities across the globe to step up and lead on fighting climate change.


• Mayor Bloomberg talks electric vehicles, tackles food waste in his final “State of the City” address 

PUBLISHED February 19, 2013 

In his 12th and final State of the City address, C40 Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg continued to steer the city towards a more sustainable future, introducing plans to ban Styrofoam food packaging, increase the use of electric vehicles, and create more green space.


• EXPERT VOICES: Sam Brooks, Associate Director of the Washington DC DGS

PUBLISHED March 01, 2013

Sam Brooks is the Associate Director of the DC Department of General Services (DGS) and head of its Energy Division

After an 18-month intensive public engagement process, Washington, DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray released the 'Sustainable DC Plan' last week. From creating new jobs to improving transportation options to reducing building energy use, the plan sets forth a bold vision for the District of Columbia’s future.


• Leading the way forward: Progress in Australia

PUBLISHED March 05, 2013

EXPERT VOICES: This guest post was written by Zach Tofias, Director of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group's Sustainable Communities Initiative and the Climate Positive Development Programme

Readers of this blog understand the importance of climate change and the reason to focus on cities. Today more than half the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050 that number will be closer to 75 percent.


• Driving Action: Oslo's Electric Vehicle Strategy Leading the Way

PUBLISHED March 07, 2013

C40 city Oslo has been described as the Electric Vehicle (EV) capital of Europe, and with good reason. There are currently around 2,500 EVs on Oslo’s streets, and that number increases to 5,500 if the city’s urban area is included. The local government hopes to grow those numbers through innovative policy and additional infrastructure.


• More buildings plan green makeovers with Retrofit Chicago

PUBLISHED March 08, 2013

Nine months since its inception, Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative is set to double in size. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday that 18 new buildings will participate in the program, bringing the total area to over 28 million square feet.

The program calls for participants to voluntarily pledge to reduce the energy used per building by 20 percent over a 5 year period – the new participants are projected to save an estimated $5 million per year in energy costs, while reducing electricity use by some 65 million kilowatt-hours. Other benefits of the program include reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generating jobs.