The Earth Hour City Challenge initiative has been created to celebrate cities that are taking amazing steps forward in creating a greener, cleaner and more sustainable city to live in, while inspiring other cities to do the same.
We love finalist cities33 finalists from 14 participating countries are now selected from among the 163 entrants in this year’s Earth Hour City Challenge. An expert jury will review the actions and commitments reported by these cities and ultimately identify one sustainability leader per country for the National Earth Hour Capital Award. One of these cities will also be awarded the title Global Earth Hour Capital 2014 for outstanding sustainability efforts at a ceremony on 27 March in Vancouver, Canada.
WWF invites people all over the world to join in the global celebration of these loveable cities. Visit the We Love Cities campaign and join us by showing your support for the impressive efforts our 33 finalists are making towards sustainability. Vote for your favorites, share what you love about them via photos and videos. And submit suggestions for how cities can become more sustainable.
2014 FinalistsBelgium: Antwerp, Brussels Capital Region, Ghent
Brazil: Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo
Canada: Edmonton, North Vancouver, Surrey
Colombia: Medellín, Monteria
India: Cochin, Coimbatore, Hyderabad
Indonesia: Semarang, Bogor
Mexico: Mexico City, Municipality of Aguascalientes
South Africa: Cape Town, Durban
South Korea: Seoul, Suwon
Sweden: Eskilstuna, Stockholm, Växjö
Thailand: Khunhan, Muangklang, Nongsamrong carbonn
USA: Boulder, Chicago, Cleveland
Visit Carbonn Cities Climate Registry for more information on what these cities are doing to develop sustainably and to transition toward a 100% renewable energy future.
How the challenge worksCities are invited to report relevant data, plans and actions via an internationally recognized carbon reporting platform for cities, carbonn Cities Climate Registry, managed by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. Outreach and support to cities will be provided in collaboration with ICLEI and the final plans and data reviewed by an international jury.
The international jury will review development plans for building, transport, energy and food systems – solutions that will make a city greener and cleaner and improve living standards for residents. This year 163 cities from 14 countries participate in the Earth Hour City Challenge.
Earth Hour Capitals 2013Last year's Global Earth Hour Capital 2013, as well as six national capitals and the People’s Choice Award were presented at the Earth Hour City Challenge and Award Ceremony in Malmö, Sweden on March 19, 2013. A number of impressive initiatives were highlighted in profiles of country finalists in a People’s Choice campaign where people around the world were invited to vote for their favorite among these cities.
Christiana Figueres, member of the international jury for the WWF Earth Hour City Challenge, recognized the participation of all cities involved in the challenge at the Award ceremony 2013. City-level response is integral in the fight against climate change and cities that engaged in the Earth Hour City Challenge are leading the way in policy implementation.
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