Supporting Sustainable Cities
As we face the dual challenges of rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing the climate crisis, sustainability and equity must be central components of our recovery strategy. Nowhere is this more critical than in cities, which are home to the majority of the world’s population and have acutely felt the impacts of climate change. Cities have long been hubs of innovation and inspiration towards solving the world’s toughest challenges, making urban centers uniquely positioned to lead on climate and sustainability issues. In the U.S. and around the world, Bloomberg Philanthropies supports and collaborates with mayors and local partners to ensure cities have the resources they need to raise their ambition, share learnings, and make progress in the transition to a sustainable, healthy future.
America is All In will work across sectors to bolster existing U.S. climate goals and align them with science-based targets, accelerating institutional and regional climate action and enabling the Biden-Harris administration to present to the global community a new, ambitious, and achievable national target of reducing emissions at least 50% from a 2005 baseline by 2030.
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is a network of nearly 100 major cities around the world collaborating to share knowledge and drive action on climate change. C40’s efforts have committed to science-based targets to curb emissions in sectors that have proven to be some of the greatest urban contributors to the climate crisis: buildings and transportation.
The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is an international alliance of more than 10,000 cities and local governments, spanning over 130 countries and six continents, working to meet and exceed the goals of the Paris Agreement. Focused on equipping cities with the data and technical guidance they need to fight climate change, GCoM’s initiatives center around generating data-based solutions, bolstering cities’ access to climate finance, and supporting climate research and innovation.
Launched in 2018, the American Cities Climate Challenge provides powerful resources and support to 25 of the largest U.S. cities to help them set and reach ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The American Cities Climate Challenge provides cities with best-in-class technical support from a team of seasoned sustainability experts, who equip city leaders with strategies for decarbonizing the buildings sector and promoting low-carbon, equitable transportation.
Top photo: An electric bus on a road in Kolkata, India. Photo credit: Subrata Biswas/AP Images for C40 Cities