- Bloomberg Philanthropies launched the $70 million American Cities Climate Challenge on Friday, an initiative that will select 20 mayors to participate in a two-year program designed to combat climate change. The announcement marks the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement.
- The challenge is open to the 100 most populous U.S. cities, but only cities that have signed the We Are Still In declaration will be eligible. The selected “Leadership Cities” will be provided a number of resources to help reach the Paris Agreement target, including a support package of $2.5 million, a “Climate Advisor,” data resources, leadership development resources and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
- Applications for the challenge open on June 19 and close on July 13. Applications will be reviewed and cities will be visited through September, and winners are slated to be announced in the fall.
Considering Bloomberg’s frequent contributions toward advancing local leadership, this will not be the last time we see such a significant investment from him or the philanthropic organization. In a recent open letter on philanthropy, Bloomberg said, “As cities of all sizes grow in both population and power, Bloomberg Philanthropies will continue finding new ways to help them. And here in the U.S., we will continue driving progress from the bottom up by supporting leaders in both parties who respect facts and data — and who have the courage to use them.”