Year in Review: Key Milestones and Moments for the C40 in 2013

2013 was a big year for the C40 as we reached many key milestones, achieved great progress and formed important partnerships with leading global organizations. To capture all of this activity in one place for our readers - and to show the progress the organization has made - we have compiled a year's worth of activity below.

  • We kicked off 2013 by announcing a partnership with the World Resources Institute’s sustainable transport center, EMBARQ, to help C40 cities scale up low-emissions transport solutions.
  • In February we announced the 2014 Mayors Summit, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Later that month, we made the exciting move to appoint four Regional Directors to provide operational support and resources to C40 cities in East Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.
  • In April, our Climate Positive Development Program officially recognized two of Australia’s largest urban regeneration projects – Victoria Harbour and Barangaroo South – for their efforts toward climate positive outcomes.
  • We announced a broad collaboration with Siemens – designed to include both technical expertise and an annual competition recognizing cities for leadership in sustainability.
  • Also in April, C40 released a report showcasing the findings of the Hybrid Electric Bus Test Program, an initiative with the Clinton Climate Initiative.
  • In addition, the C40 announced that the cities of Sao Paulo and Stockholm would lead the C40 Cities Climate Positive Development Program.
  • C40 announced another initiative with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) later in the year, the C40 Risk Assessment Framework, designed to help cities prepare for severe weather and natural disasters.
  • We announced our partnership with the Urban Land Institute, established to help cities invest in energy conservation and green buildings.
  • With our longstanding partner, CDP, we released Wealthier, Healthier Cities, a research report that found that cities investing in climate solutions also experience better public health and stronger economies.
  • As the year headed into the fourth quarter, our collaboration with Siemens on the inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards began heating up: in August we announced 29 finalists and in September we announced the ten winners.
  • We closed out the year with some very exciting news about the C40 organization – Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes was elected as the newest C40 Chair, with outgoing C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed President of the C40 Board of Directors.
  • We recently announced a broadening of our research partnership with CDP.
  • We also appointed a new Executive Director: Mark Watts, formerly a Director of ARUP. And finally, we got an early holiday gift in the form of funding commitments from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Realdania.

Overall, it’s been a wonderful year, and we’re looking forward to an even better one in 2014!