World’s 26 Best Climate Projects Compete For The 2019 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards

C40 and Bloomberg Philanthropies Announce City Finalists, Recognizing the World’s Most Impactful Efforts by Mayors to Tackle Climate Change 

Today, C40 and Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the 26 city finalists for the 2019 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards. Representing the most ambitious and impactful projects by mayors to tackle the global climate crisis, the sixth annual C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards celebrates the best projects across seven categories that define this year’s theme – The Future We Want:

1.    The future we want is resilient 
2.    The future we want relies on green mobility 
3.    The future we want runs on renewable energy
4.    The future we want engages all citizens
5.    The future we want breathes clean air
6.    The future we want requires transformative change
7.    The future we want uses green technologies

The winners of the 2019 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards will be announced at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen on 10 October. Those chosen will have demonstrated ambitious climate action while ensuring better, longer lives for the greatest number of people – they will be formidable examples of what leadership looks like in building an innovative, resilient, and inclusive future. 

“Congratulations to every city that has been selected as a finalist of the 2019 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards,” said Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40, Anne Hidalgo. “The urgency of the climate crisis facing the world means that we need to be constantly recognising the best ideas in how cities can tackle climate change. Every one of these projects deserves to be closely studied by mayors and city leaders around the world. I wish each city the very best of luck.”

“Cities have a crucial role to play in the global fight against climate change, and these awards recognize cities that are leading the way,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, C40 Board President, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action, Founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Mayor of New York City 2002-2013. “The finalists have developed bold and innovative projects to clean the air and water, expand renewable energy, promote low-carbon transit, and attack the climate crisis head-on. The health of our children and the stability of our planet depend on this vital work.”

Finalists for the 2019 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards were selected from projects that will be featured in Cities100, which showcases 100 of this year’s most forward-thinking and inclusive climate action projects from around the world. Cities100 is a collaboration between C40 and Nordic Sustainability and is funded by the Danish philanthropic association Realdania.  

“The projects in this year’s Cities100 report clearly demonstrate that cities are acting fast and are doing their utmost to create livable, resilient cities for millions of people,” said CEO at Realdania, Jesper Nygård. “Urgent action is needed if we want to bend the curve for the climate crisis. We pay tribute to the great diversity of projects submitted, emphasising the fact that local action and multiple approaches are necessary to limit the increase in global average temperature to 1,5 °C. This is why we must also help more cities and smaller municipalities stepping up to the climate agenda.”

2019 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards Finalists:

Category: Resilience 

Portland, Oregon, USA – Crystal Springs Watershed Restoration
Medellín, Colombia – Avenida Oriental Green Corridors
Quezon City, Philippines – Quezon City's Socialized Housing Program
National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, India – “Jal Swaraj” Safe Drinking Water Initiative

Category: Green Mobility

Bengaluru, India – “Tender SURE” Urban Street Design for People
Bogotá, Colombia – “Muévete Mejor” Business Network for Mobility
Kolkata, India – Low Carbon Commute Transition

Category: Renewable Energy

New York City, USA – Efficiency, Electrification and Renewable Energy Mandate
London, UK – Zero Carbon Requirement for New Development
Cape Town, South Africa – Small-Scale Energy Generation Program
Seoul, South Korea – Solar City Expansion

Category: Engaged Citizens

Los Angeles, USA – L.A.’s Green New Deal
Paris, France – Sustainable Food Waste Collaboration
Barcelona, Spain – Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality and Climate Justice
São Paulo, Brazil – Sustainable Street Markets and Gardens Program
Accra, Ghana – Informal Waste Collection Expansion

Category: Clean Air

London, UK – Ultra Low Emission Zone
Copenhagen, Denmark – Cycle Superhighways
Stockholm, Sweden – Onshore Power Supply in the Port of Värtan

Category: Transformative Change

New York City, USA – Fossil Fuel Divestment
San Francisco, USA – CleanPowerSF
Vancouver, Canada – Climate Emergency Response
Milan, Italy – Food Waste Strategy

Category: Green Technologies      

Hong Kong, China – District Cooling System
Paris, France – Cool Islands to Combat Heat Waves
Guangzhou, China – Expansive Bus Electrification

For more information on the Awards and the projects of the Finalist cities, visit: www.c40.org/awards.

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