Boston receives international award at climate talks
December 3, 2015
BOSTON - Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the City of Boston received an international award today at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) for its leadership in tackling climate change, through the Greenovate Boston Initiative. The award for "Smart Cities and Smart Community Engagement" was announced by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) at their third-annual award ceremony at the global climate talks in Paris.
"I am proud that our efforts in Boston are being recognized on the global stage," said Mayor Walsh. "This award is a well-deserved honor for our entire community for our shared commitment to leaving a better Boston for the next generation."
The C40 Cities Awards, sponsored in part by Bloomberg Philanthropies, provide global recognition for cities demonstrating top policies and programs that reduce emissions and improve sustainability. The City of Boston's "Smart Cities and Smart Community Engagement" award recognized community engagement and participation in the City's 2014 Updated Climate Action Plan through Greenovate Boston.
Greenovate Boston is a community-driven movement to get all Bostonians involved in reducing Boston greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050, as outlined in the City's Climate Action Plan. By laying out steps that all Bostonians can take to reduce the causes of and to prepare for climate change, the Climate Action Plan gives the Boston community a framework for building a greener, healthier, and more prosperous city. To learn more about Greenovate Boston, visit http://www.GreenovateBoston.org.
"We're honored to be recognized as a climate leader for our work with Greenovate Boston, especially on a global stage," said Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space Austin Blackmon who attended the award ceremony in Paris. "We have a lot to learn from other cities for their innovative and ambitious climate solutions. And that's exactly why we're here -- to share and learn."
In addition to the award, the City of Boston celebrates its compliance with the Compact of Mayors -- an important measure in achieving its climate commitments by providing a more transparent platform for Boston's climate progress. By fully complying with the Compact of Mayors, Mayor Walsh reinforces Boston's commitment of being a leader in tackling climate change.
The Compact of Mayors is the world's largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change by pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, tracking their progress, and preparing for the impacts of climate change. The Compact was launch at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit by U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, under the leadership of the world's global city networks including C40.
To learn more about Boston's commitment to the Compact of Mayors, read: http://www.cityofboston.gov/news/Default.aspx?id=20330
About the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40):
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 10th year, connects more than 80 of the world's greatest cities, representing 600+ million people and one-quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes; three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. C40's work is made possible by our three strategic funders: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Realdania. To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit www.c40.org, follow us on Twitter@c40cities and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/C40Cities.
For more information on the Awards and the projects of the Winning cities, go to: http://www.c40.org/awards