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Paris Global Earth Hour Capital 2016
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Congratulations Paris!

Paris the City of Lights took home the title Global Earth Hour Capital in WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge 2016 among stiff competition.
The international jury was extremely impressed with Paris and saw the city as a role model for climate action in cities around the world. The jury specially noted Paris' ambitious vision and successful engagement of key stakeholders on its journey toward sustainability.

Paris hosted last year’s historic global climate summit and has shown strong climate leadership, creating a model for other city governments to replicate. In addition to creating an effective centralized Climate Agency, ensuring clean vehicles, extending public transportation and developing waste-to-fuel conversion, Paris has also incorporated a regular review process to ensure that the city is on track to meet its sustainability goals as well as the current and future needs of its citizens.

Selected from a shortlist of 18 national winners, Paris impressed the international jury with its innovative actions, long-term vision and willingness to collaborate and share knowledge capital with cities around the globe. 

WWF, with the support of Accenture, selected 1-3 finalists per country who were then evaluated by an international jury of experts.  The jury analyzed actions and commitments reported by these cities, and identified one sustainability leader per country for the National Earth Hour Capital Awards. From among these progressive cities, one was awarded the title Global Earth Hour Capital 2016. All finalists gained the status of National Earth Hour Capitals. These inspiring cities will be presented at an Award Ceremony in Quito, Ecuador during the United Nations Habitat lll conference in October 2016. 

National Earth Hour Capital 2016 
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Boulder, USA
Chiangrai, Thailand
Edmonton, Canada
Hue City, Vietnam
Jakarta, Indonesia
Lappeenranta, Finland
Montería, Colombia
Murcia, Spain
Paris, France
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Quito, Ecuador
Rajkot, India
Santa Rosa, Philipines
Shenzhen, China
Singapore, Singapore
Tshwane, South Africa
Umeå, Sweden

Three of the participating countries were pilot countries whose cities did not participate in the finalist selection.




 
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We Love Cities 2016
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Congratulations Bogor! Winner of We Love Cities 2016 and the most lovable city in the world!

Bogor, Indonesia won the competition with a landslide victory. Bogor clearly has an amazing ability to reach out to its citizens and to rally their support. And as we all know, public engagement is key if cities are to succeed in achieving their sustainability goals. Bogor is prioritizing energy efficiency and preserving its resources, and is shaping up to be a city worth watching out for! #WeLoveBogor

WWF's We Love Cities campaign invited people across the globe to show their support for the impressive efforts 46 impressive cities are making towards sustainability. Between April 26 - June 26, people were encouraged to vote for their favorite cities, share what they loved about them via photos and videos and to submit suggestions on how cities could become more sustainable. #WeLoveCities
 
 
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Earth Hour City Challenge Digest 2016
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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.

 

Earth Hour City Challenge 2016 Finalists

WWF, together with Accenture, have selected 41finalists from among the 125 participating cities. These entries will now be reviewed by the high-level international jury that has been tasked with the selection of one national winner per participating country. The jury will also award the title Global Earth Hour Capital 2016 to one city that has exhibited extraordinary leadership in develooping innovative solutions for tackling climate change and reducing the ecological footprint of our urban lifestyles.

The list of national and global winners will be made public on June 22nd. The EHCC awards will be presented in Ecuador this coming October in conjunction with Habitat lll, United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.

The finalists of 2016 are:

Brazil: Belo Horizonte, Recife, Rio de Janeiro
Canada: Edmonton, Saanich, Vancouver
China: Shenzhen
Colombia: Bogotá, Cali, Monteria
Ecuador: Quito
Finland: City of Lappeenranta
France: Bordeaux, Paris,Toulouse
India: Coimbatore, Pune, Rajkot
Indonesia: Balikpapan, Bogor, Jakarta
Malaysia: Melaka, Penang Island, Petaling Jaya
Philippines: Makati, San Carlos, Santa Rosa
Singapore: City of Singapore
Spain: Murcia, Palma de Mallorca
South Africa: Cape Town, Tshwane
Sweden: Eskilstuna, Lund, Umeå
Thailand: Chiangrai, Thungsong
USA: Boulder, Burlington, Evanston
Vietnam: Huế City

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Girls, Shanghai, China
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Cape Town, South Africa. Global Earth Hour Capital 2014
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Will your city inspire the world?

Over 125 cities from around the world have participated in this year’s Earth Hour City Challenge. Entries have now been reviewed, and 41 cities have been identified as finalists for further review by the high-level, international jury. These cities deserve recognition for their commitment to taking a leadership role in the transition toward a climate-friendly, one-planet future.


Earth Hour City Challenge in short

With more than 70% of the world’s CO2 emissions generated by residents in cities, the Earth Hour City Challenge has been created to mobilize action and support from cities in the global transition towards a climate friendly one-planet future. The challenge invites cities to report ambitious commitments and big win climate actions, in terms of GHG reductions as well as the co-benefits they provide  in relation to food, water and energy security challenges. Running now is the fifth round of WWFs international city challenge. 


How the challenge works

Cities are invited to report relevant data, plans and actions via an internationally recognized carbon reporting platform for cities, CarbonnClimate Registry, cCR, managed by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. Outreach and support to cities is provided in collaboration with ICLEI and the final plans and data reviewed by an international jury.
The international jury 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. 
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    Hybrid car with wind turbine in the background against a blue sky

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