An international jury of experts will be looking for cities that have already recognized the climate challenge, and begun to measure and report their emissions. Awarded cities will also show a commitment to innovative, ambitious and participation based initiatives that bring the city closer to a 100% renewable and sustainable future. How cities are advancing the sustainability agenda at pace, and demonstrating a clear, strategic connection between actions and targets will be critical factors in the evaluation process
In order to level the playing field between cities with very varying starting points, the panel will take into account differences in resources related to level of ambition. The Earth Hour City Challenge is not about rewarding cities for the most impressive, hi-tech plans, but about commitment and innovative thinking that promotes attractive, one-planet lifestyles, and provides solutions to the challenges of food, water and energy security.