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Climate Change Challenge: Bloomberg To Spotlight Key Cities


By Greg Zimmerman Green

Michael Bloomberg has announced a new $70 million program called American Cities Climate Challenge to expedite progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while growing cities’ economies.

In the absence of federal action on climate change, Bloomberg Philanthropies will select 20 mayors who demonstrate the strongest leadership and commitment to climate change mitigation. These cities will participate in a two-year program to significantly reduce emissions and tackle climate change. The program will focus specifically on buildings and transportation, which account for 90 percent of citywide emissions. To be eligible, mayors must sign the We Are Still in declaration by June 19, 2018.

Selected cities will receive a $2.5 million technical assistance and support package, including: a climate advisor to help pass high-impact policies; data, design, and innovation resources to help city officials deliver programming; leadership development support; and rapid-response grants to accelerate the results.

The announcement of the American Cities Climate Challenge made on June 1 coincided with the one-year anniversary of the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Signatories of the agreement committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent from 2005 levels.

The first round of applications will open June 19 and will close on July 18. Winners will be announced in the fall. Visit bloomberg.org/climatechallenge for details on timeline, eligibility, and partners.

This Quick Read was submitted by Greg Zimmerman, executive editor, Building Operating Management. Read his cover story profiling Northwestern University’s vice president of facilities management, John D’Angelo.

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