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World Cities challenge Earth Hour Capital

January 17, 2013

17 finalists from Canada, India, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the USA have been selected from a pool of 66 entrants for Earth Hour City Challenge – an initiative organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to promote cities worldwide to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

ICLEI collaborates with WWF in the challenge by mobilizing cities to join the competition and enabled them to report through carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) – the world’s largest database on local climate adaptation and mitigation actions.

ICLEI member cities Vancouver (Canada), Coimbatore (India), Delhi (India), Siena (Italy), Arendal (Norway), Oslo (Norway), Stavanger (Norway), Malmö (Sweden), Stockholm (Sweden), Chicago (USA) and San Francisco (USA) are among the finalists.

“Cities are already aware of the need for measuring, reporting and verifying their actions in order to advance climate action globally. ICLEI is pleased to support the Earth Hour City Challenge as an excellent model of partnership with civil society to motivate and reward local governments for their achievements,” says ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin.

Mr. Van Begin and Martha Delgado, First Vice President of ICLEI Global Executive Committee and General Director of the Secretariat of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate Change, are among the international jury of experts selected for identifying cities with outstanding plans for low-carbon development.

Some of the innovative plans taken by local governments to improve urban environments and citizens’ quality of life include implementing congestion charges, developing solar energy hubs, integrating sustainability into public procurement processes, and refurbishing old buildings.

The finalists are now under evaluation by WWF and Accenture. The result will be presented at a conference in Malmö, Sweden, on 19 March 2013.