UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has named the next rounds of winning cities in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge. Winning cities, of which half have now been selected, will be awarded with resources and technical support to help achieve ambitious climate goals.
Mayor Bloomberg joined Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto in West End Overlook Park on October 21 to announce Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington D.C. as the latest of winning cities. Just last week, in Los Angeles on October 17, Bloomberg joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) President Rhea Suh at the Griffith Park Observatory in recognizing Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and Portland as the second set of selected cities for the Climate Challenge. These cities join Seattle and Atlanta, which were announced in September.
“The response to our Climate Challenge was overwhelming,” said Bloomberg. “Cities all across the country put forward thoughtful and innovative proposals. Selecting the ones with the most ambitious goals – and the most realistic plans for reaching them – was not easy. With Washington asleep at the wheel, cities need to step up in the fight against climate change – and these cities are leading the way,” added Bloomberg.