The District received another accolade for its innovative long-term commitment to combat climate change.
As one of 10 cities honored Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the fifth annual C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards ceremony, D.C. won the Cities4Tomorrow award for its heralded Climate Ready DC plan.
“Cities are helping nations reach the goals they set under the Paris Agreement, including in the U.S. because cities share common challenges, each of these winning projects has the potential to improve lives around the world — while also improving our odds in the fight against climate change,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, who serves as C40 president of the board and the U.N. Secretary-General’s special envoy for Cities and Climate Change. “Congratulations to all the winners.”
The awards ceremony, which took place at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago, highlighted 10 urban sustainability projects from around the world that represent the most ambitious and innovative efforts by cities to tackle climate change.
“We’re proud to receive this important recognition for Climate Ready DC — the District’s down payment on building a more climate resilient city,” said Tommy Wells, director of the Department of Energy and Environment. “We are honored to be recognized among so many leading cities who are taking local action for global results.”
The award comes on the heels of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s announcement on committing to make the city carbon-neutral and climate resilient by 2050.
By joining dozens of other C40 member cities in committing to becoming net-zero, D.C. looks to build on its Sustainable DC and Clean Energy DC goals to cut carbon emissions 50 percent by 2032.
The District’s previous goal was an 80 percent reduction by 2050; now, the city will develop and implement a roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100 percent in that same time frame.
“Washington, D.C., is proud to be one of the many cities across North America — and around the globe — that is making climate change a top priority,” Bowser said. “Today, by making this pledge, we are backing up our DC values with action. It is in the best interest of our country’s safety, economy, and future to take climate change seriously, and we will not let federal inaction hinder our progress.”