C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg joined The Climate Group yesterday in launching Climate Week NYC, a program of meetings, demonstrations, lectures and exhibitions that harness the City’s will to address climate change through local action -- and global collaboration.
New York City has taken a major step forward in its plan to give residents access to thousands of bikes throughout the city, an emissions-free transportation solution that will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Cities are home to more than half the global population and are engines of the global economy, representing innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Now, as global concern over the impacts and risks of climate change intensifies, cities are being recognized for their position at the vanguard of climate change action. Scientific American has devoted its September issue to cities and the future of green innovation in the world’s urban centers, exploring many of the solutions that the C40 is forging and supporting.
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.