New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Chair of the C40, announced yesterday the addition of 70 electric vehicles (EVs) to the City’s fleet, making it the largest municipal clean-air vehicle fleet in the US. To spur the take-up of EVs by New York residents, the City also launched the Drive Electric NYC website, to provide facts about EVs, including a map of charging stations located throughout the city.
In this interview with the C40 News team during the Sao Paulo Summit, Dr. Rohit Aggarwala discusses a new focus at the C40 on data and accountability. Watch the full video with Dr. Aggarwala, special advisor to C40 Chair New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Last Thursday, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the initial Partners of the Better Buildings Challenge at the Clinton Global Initiative America conference in Chicago, a C40 City. This challenge is part of the White House-led Better Buildings Initiative to increase private sector investment in building energy efficiency and reduce energy use in buildings by 20 percent by 2020 to save money, create jobs, and improve our environment. The focus and potential of the Better Buildings Challenge is to spur job creation in the construction and building industries.
In this exclusive interview with the C40 News Team during the Summit in Sao Paulo, Mayor Mike Bloomberg talks about why the role mayors and cities play is critical to combatting the impact of global climate change: “Cities are on the front line because federal and national and international organizations aren’t doing anything.”