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City-Led Clean Infrastructure Projects Can Help Build Back a Stronger America For All

December 8, 2020

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Bloomberg Philanthropies released an analysis for how cities can play a key role in helping America recover from the COVID-19 pandemic while building American infrastructure for the future. The new report outlines how city-led clean infrastructure efforts can collectively advance climate, clean energy, equity and resilience goals.

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Environment

Accelerated Electrification Coupled with Renewables Can Put China on Path Toward Carbon Neutrality

December 1, 2020

BloombergNEF (BNEF) and Bloomberg Philanthropies released “China’s Accelerated Decarbonization” – a new white paper detailing how China could take major steps toward its recently announced carbon neutrality pledge. These will involve the electrification of final energy use in sectors such as industry and road vehicles, coupled with accelerated deployment of renewables.

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Education

New Study: Data Shows How a Hands-On Approach to Digital Classrooms Expands Student Learning and Fosters Success

November 17, 2020

New research released by Global Cities, Inc., a Program of Bloomberg Philanthropies, shows that students can build critical global engagement and competency skills and increase their self-confidence through participating in well-conceived digital classrooms—of particular relevance as the COVID-19 pandemic leads to more learning online. The study is of survey responses from more than 8,500 students, ages 10 to 13 in 47 cities around the world, enrolled in the 2018-2019 Global Scholars program—an interactive, yearlong digital learning program with strong support for teacher development. The analysis shows that students gained key attitudes and behaviors, building blocks needed to become globally competent adults.

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COVID-19 ResponseGovernment Innovation

Presidential Historian and Author Jon Meacham and Mike Bloomberg Speak with More Than 270 City Leaders at Sixth Virtual Convening to Aid COVID-19 Social and Economic Recovery

November 13, 2020

Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian and author, along with Mike Bloomberg, addressed 277 city leaders, including 127 mayors, from 188 cities at the sixth session of the Leading Social and Economic Recovery Series, the latest offering for cities as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Releases New Guide for City Leaders to Help Strengthen Cross-Sector Partnerships

October 29, 2020

Bloomberg Philanthropies released Collaborative Cities: A Guide for Designing, Implementing, and Sustaining Strategic Partnerships through its philanthropic consulting arm, Bloomberg Associates, as part of its efforts to support global municipal leaders and provide resources to help them respond to complex needs. Many city leaders have prioritized cross-sector alliances to tackle challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis. This new guide, led by Bloomberg Associates’ Strategic Partnerships team, shares strategies for building and administering effective collaboration across government, philanthropy, nonprofit, and business and highlights unique experiences in cities.

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Arts

18 Global Cities Selected to Participate in the World Cities Culture Forum’s Leadership Exchange Program Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies & Google Arts and Culture

October 29, 2020

Cultural leaders from 18 cities will take part in the latest round of World Cities Culture Forum’s Leadership Exchange Program. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Google Arts & Culture, it will facilitate collaboration between cities facing common challenges and bring together urban leaders in creative fields to support culture and the global creative economy. Leaders from Amsterdam, Austin, Barcelona, Chengdu, Lagos, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Milan, Montreal, New York, Paris, Stockholm, Sydney, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zurich have been selected to participate in seven collaborative exchanges.

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ArtsArts Innovation and Management

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Flamboyan Arts Fund Partner on Arts Innovation and Management Training Program in Puerto Rico

October 21, 2020

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Flamboyan Arts Fund announced their collaboration on the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) Puerto Rico program. The Flamboyan Arts Fund is a partnership between Flamboyan Foundation, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, his family, and the Broadway musical Hamilton, which raised $15 million from the show’s run in Puerto Rico in January 2019 to preserve, sustain, and amplify the arts on the island. AIM Puerto Rico will bring together national and local experts to provide 10 Puerto Rico-based nonprofit organizations with bilingual arts management training and tailored consulting services for fundraising, strategic planning, and digital marketing. The program will also include resilience training for responding to natural disasters.

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Environment

Brussels Joins Forces with Bloomberg Philanthropies to Provide Cleaner Air to Residents

October 19, 2020

Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Brussels-Capital Region Government and Brussels Environment announced the launch of the Brussels Clean Air Partnership, a new initiative to tackle air pollution in Brussels, seat of the European Commission. Coinciding with the kick-off of the EU Green Week 2020, this new partnership, alongside Bloomberg Philanthropies’ ongoing work across Europe, supports the European Union’s ambitious goals set out in the European Green Deal to cut pollution levels in cities.

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Government InnovationBloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

American University President Sylvia Mathews Burwell Speaks to 296 City Leaders at Fifth Virtual Convening to Aid COVID-19 Social and Economic Recovery

October 16, 2020

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President of American University and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, yesterday addressed 296 city leaders, including 109 mayors, from 208 cities at the fifth session of the Leading Social and Economic Recovery Series, the latest offering for cities as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative.

The Leading Social and Economic Recovery Series virtually convenes global city leaders monthly through the end of the year. The sessions focus on equitable recovery, building and maintaining resident trust, crisis budgeting and fiscal recovery, and supporting city workforces during a period of profound change and uncertainty.

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Government InnovationWhat Works Cities

Thirty U.S. Cities to Tackle Budget Crises and Advance Equity with Support from Bloomberg Philanthropies

October 14, 2020

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the 30 U.S. cities that will participate in the What Works Cities City Budgeting for Equity and Recovery program, a new effort that will help cities confront budget crises while strengthening their commitment to equity in the wake of COVID-19. The program will help cities develop and implement plans to drive financial recovery and ensure that their budget crises do not disproportionately harm low-income residents and communities of color. It will also provide the opportunity for leaders from the 30 cities to problem solve with a network of peers and produce a set of tactics for other local leaders to follow.

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