Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that Atlanta and Seattle have been awarded the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge.
Georgia Institute of Technology School of Public Policy Regents and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems Marilyn Brown was instrumental in efforts to win the Challenge for Atlanta.
“Atlanta's Better Building Challenge, Energy Benchmarking, and 100% Clean Energy goals were among the many initiatives hailed as evidence of the city's leadership in climate readiness and mitigation. With the new funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Atlanta will continue to launch innovative pilot projects and policies, and I'm hopeful that some of these will engage Georgia Tech students and faculty,” she said.
Bloomberg praised the both cities for their commitment to reducing air pollution and city-wide emissions creating programs aimed at reforming their transit and building sectors. As a winner, Atlanta is accepted into a two-year acceleration program with access to new resources and cutting-edge support that will help the city meet or beat their near-term carbon reduction goals, technical assistance and a support package that is valued up to $2.5 million per city.
Bloomberg lauded Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkin for their commitment to ambitious climate action and securing a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment and economy for their citizens.
The School of Public Policy is a unit of the Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.
Click the link to read the article on the American Cities Challenge: https://www.bloomberg.org/press/releases/seattle-and-atlanta-first-winners-american-cities-climate-challenge/