The Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge is an initiative to reduce emissions in 25 of America’s largest cities.
Recognizing that cities account for more than 70% of global carbon emissions–and that mayors have significant authority over high-emitting sectors: transportation and buildings–the Climate Challenge provides support to cities working to realize their aggressive carbon reduction goals. In particular, with transportation as the largest single sector of carbon emissions in the U.S., implementing projects that reduce reliance on personal vehicles is critical to supporting cities in their fight against climate change.
As a transportation lead, we’re working to at varying levels of engagement with all 25 Climate Challenge cities, providing technical expertise, leading design trainings, and creating open channels of communication between the participating cities and NACTO’s broader network of 81 cities and transit agencies across North America.
Transportation Accelerators Under the Climate Challenge
Building on the City Accelerator Program, we are also partnering with five cities–Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia–to accelerate the implementation high-quality bike or transit corridors. This approach helps each city rapidly develop new transportation infrastructure and the internal procedures to continue building projects once the Climate Challenge ends.
Levels of Engagement