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In World Cup Spotlight, Rio Scores Goals on Urban Environment & Sustainability

With the World Cup now underway, all eyes are on the cities of Brazil playing host to the epic, international football competition. But there’s more to celebrate, according to C40 Chair, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes. His city recently took the opportunity to mark World Environment Day, with trademark exuberance. Engaging citizens, businesses, NGOs…

Johannesburg the First C40 City to Issue Green City Bond

Johannesburg recently issued its first green city bond, making it the first C40 city to tap into this innovative financing mechanism. Green city bonds raise funds from fixed income investors to support city government projects that mitigate climate change. Executive Mayor of Johannesburg Mpho Parks Tau applauded the historic moment: “This clearly demonstrates investor confidence in the…

Shenzhen Joins C40 & Marks 2014 China National Low-Carbon Day

Earlier this week, Shenzhen joined C40 as our first mainland Chinese city with Megacity member status China. The move brings the total number of C40 member cities to 68. By joining C40, Shenzhen, home to 10.6 million people and the second largest port in China, will have the opportunity to share the challenges and successes it has faced in…

Research Spotlight: New Publications Highlight 10 Cities Delivering Best in Class Climate Action Reporting

In this next installment of the C40 Research Spotlight series, we hear from our very own Ava Zekri, Measurement & Reporting Manager, on exciting new reports that have been developed with some of our key research partners. – Seth Schultz, C40 Director of Research, Measurement & Planning What climate risks does the city of Melbourne…

Mayors Voices: ‘Taking Actions Today Can Ensure a More Sustainable Tomorrow’ says Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

I recently joined the Steering Committee of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. I also recently celebrated the installation of what will be the largest single-rooftop solar power system in Los Angeles county at Forever21: a 5.1 megawatt system that when fully functionally this fall will displace 13 million pounds of carbon dioxide – the…

Mayors Voices: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Boston has been a leader in climate action for a long time. In 2007 Boston became the first U.S. city to adopt green building zoning requirements. That same year, the City of Boston adopted aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals—25% by 2005 and 80% by 2050—and launched its triennial climate action planning process to address both…

Mayors Voices: Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen on Joining the C40 Steering Committee

I was very honoured when I learned that Copenhagen had been elected to represent the 19 Innovator cities in the C40 Steering Committee. C40 plays a great role in making the world’s cities more sustainable. The fact that we are now represented in the C40 Steering Committee is a big recognition of Copenhagen’s efforts to…

Bus Rapid Transit Comes to Downtown Chicago

A guest post from Christopher Ziemann, Chicago Bus Rapid Transit Project Manager Transportation has always been essential to Chicago’s economic success. The city was established at the junction of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River and is currently the transfer point of half of all trans-continental goods. With the second-largest public transportation system in the…

Research Spotlight: Conor Riffle, Director of Cities and Data Product Innovation at CDP

Welcome to the second installment of Research Spotlight, a new series launched to feature C40’s dynamic Research programme. In this post, we hear from C40 partner, CDP Cities, on an exciting new development. – Seth Schultz, C40 Director of Research, Measurement & Planning Have you ever wanted to sift through the climate change data from C40 cities? Today is…

Basel to Host the Global Infrastructure Basel Summit and C40 Finance Network Meeting

Basel to host the Global Infrastructure Basel Summit and C40 Finance Network meeting APRIL 17, 2014 Email Twitter Facebook A guest post by Basel Mayor Guy Morin The City of Basel is looking forward to hosting the annual Global Infrastructure Basel Summit on 21-22 May 2014, and, as co-chair of the C40 Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network, a dedicated…

Houston Drives EV Green Changes with Perseverance and Partnerships

This post is authored by Margo Evans, Marketing Director, Smith & Associates and Founding Member of Smith Sustainability Group, Lisa Lin, Sustainability Manager, City of Houston, and Jedediah Greenfield, Public Information Officer, City of Houston. Sustainability is a critical element of the City of Houston’s planning. Over the next 15 years, this fourth-largest city in…

Mayor Paes: IPCC Report Highlights Need for ‘City Diplomacy’ to Spur Climate Action

Editor’s note: Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes is the current C40 Chair. C40 welcomes further definitive evidence from the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the impact that humanity is having on climate change, and the potential consequences to our way of life. The latest IPCC report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, showed that many…

Expert Voices: Arnoud Molenaar, Manager, Rotterdam Climate Proof, City of Rotterdam

In the last few months, Rotterdam has met a series of milestones to make the city more climate resilient. Most recently, the city, together with all partner cities in the C40 Connecting Delta City (CDC) Network, is proud to have published the third volume of the C40 Connecting Delta Cities (CDC) book, ‘Resilient Cities and…

Expert Voices: Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

How megacities are becoming central players in the fight against climate change In November 2012, superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast, claiming dozens of lives and causing billions in damages to the US economy. Lower Manhattan at night, otherwise a hub of around the clock activity, was dark, silent, and flooded. That image, reminiscent…

Waste Management a Priority for C40’s African Cities

Ricardo Cepeda-Marquez, the Director of C40’s Solid Waste Initiative, finds C40’s African cities taking action — and eager to share knowledge to improve solid waste management. Following a successful C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, the Director of C40’s Solid Waste Initiative, Ricardo Cepeda-Marquez and C40 Africa Regional Director Hastings Chikoko met with three of C40’s…