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Ten Cities Receive Inaugural C40 and Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards

Today, ten winning cities were announced for the C40 and Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards. The inaugural event took place this evening in London at The Crystal, the home of Siemens sustainable cities initiative. The cities represent the strongest project entries in each of ten sustainability and leadership categories. Projects for consideration were culled from both the C40 members and the 120 cities profiled in the “Green City Index.” The 29 finalists were announced earlier this month.

Winning Cities

The independent, seven-member judging panel — consisting of former city Mayors, architects and representatives of the World Bank, C40 and Siemens – had difficult choices to make but agreed on the ten winning city projects in the following categories:

  • Bogota (Urban Transportation)
  • Copenhagen (Carbon Measurement & Planning)
  • Melbourne (Energy Efficient Built Environment)
  • Mexico City (Air Quality)
  • Munich (Green Energy)
  • New York City (Adaptation & Resilience)
  • Rio de Janeiro (Sustainable Communities)
  • San Francisco (Waste Management)
  • Singapore (Intelligent City Infrastructure)
  • Tokyo (Finance & Economic Development)

Citizen’s Choice Award

The good news for the other finalist cities is that the awards process for 2013 doesn’t end here. C40 and Siemens announced the “Citizen’s Choice Award” that will allow the general public to vote for the project they believe should have won an award. The votes will be tallied at the City Climate Leadership Awards website and a winner will be announced in November. Voting starts today atwww.cityclimateleadershipawards.com.

For more details on the winning projects in each city, see the full releasehere.

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally.

Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world.

The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.

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