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City of Charlotte joins climate champions

The Climate Challenge is part of the Bloomberg American Cities Initiative, designed to help cities achieve critical near-term goals

Charlotte joins the 18 other winning cities in the challenge
Charlotte joins the 18 other winning cities in the challenge

The US city of Charlotte has been named as the nineteenth winning city in Bloomberg’s American Cities Climate Challenge.

Charlotte joins the 18 other winners announced this year: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Saint Paul, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington, DC.

Cities tackling climate change

Launched in June, the American Cities Climate Challenge is a $70 million-dollar programme that will accelerate efforts in 20 winning cities to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for residents.

Through the Climate Challenge – which is part of Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative – Charlotte is accepted into a two-year acceleration programme that will provide new resources and access to cutting-edge support to help meet or beat its near-term carbon reduction goals.

“Charlotte has always been a city of reinvention and ambition”

Alongside Charlotte mayor Vi Lyles, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action, Michael Bloomberg, highlighted the city’s innovative and ambitious climate action plan for the Challenge, which is designed to reduce air pollution and citywide emissions from the transportation and buildings sectors – two areas that are on average responsible for 80 per cent total of all citywide emissions and over which mayors have significant authority.

Bloomberg recognised mayor Lyles’ commitment to ambitious climate action and securing a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment for Charlotte residents.

“Charlotte took on our Climate Challenge with an ambitious plan to tackle emissions from their buildings and transportation network, and we’re glad to support mayor Lyles and her team as they work to build a healthier and stronger future,” said Bloomberg.

“Charlotte has always been a city of reinvention and ambition,” said mayor Lyles. “Working toward a sustainable and resilient community will help create economic opportunity for everyone through affordable housing, accessible transportation and a clean-energy workforce.”

“Charlotte took on our Climate Challenge with an ambitious plan to tackle emissions from their buildings and transportation network”

Winning cities of the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge will be provided robust technical assistance and a support package to help them achieve their carbon reduction goals.

These resources include a philanthropy-funded team member to facilitate the development and passage of high impact policies, training for senior leadership to assist with implementation of their proposed climate plans, and citizen engagement support to maximise community buy-in.


Actioning climate plans

Cities will work with Bloomberg Philanthropies and partners to implement their specific climate plans. Charlotte will use the support from the Climate Challenge to upgrade municipal fleets to electric vehicles and increase community-wide access to public transit by an average of 41 per cent.

Charlotte also plans to implement policy shifts, modernising the development ordinance to address sprawl, and creating new financing programmes for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

The Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge builds on the America’s Pledge initiative, which aims to keep the US in the Paris Agreement, and underscores Mike Bloomberg’s dedication to climate action investments that translate city commitments into tangible climate achievements.


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