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Congratulations to Vancouver for being named both the Global Earth Hour Capital and the People's Choice winner for the Earth Hour City Challenge! Vancouver's successful public engagement was confirmed by the range of contributions received via social media and on the People’s Choice platform, with the city receiving the most public recognition of its sustainability actions of the 17 finalists cities. Read more about why Vancouver was named the Global Earth Hour Capital below.
EARTH HOUR CITY CHALLENGE
The Earth Hour City Challenge initiative was created by WWF in 2011 to celebrate cities that are taking innovative actions towards creating greener, cleaner and more sustainable cities to live in, while inspiring other cities to do the same.
In 2013, Vancouver in Canada was named the first ever Global Earth Hour Capital.
Vancouver was the unanimous victor in the Earth Hour City Challenge for its ambition to become a global leader on climate-smart urban development The city’s overall holistic and strategic approach to climate action – specifically its impressive transportation strategy, solid actions on the impact of food and a progressive neighbourhood energy plan – were seen as evidence of how Vancouver aims to play an active role in the global transition towards a 100% renewable future within the next few decades. Vancouver was also received the People’s Choice Award for the most number of votes in the public campaign.
Also in the running for the title were finalists Forlì in Italy; New Delhi, India; Oslo, Norway; Uppsala, Sweden; and San Francisco, USA.
A total of 66 cities from participating pilot countries accepted WWFs challenge and submitted their plans for low carbon development and strategies for dramatically increasing the renewable energy use. The EHCC jury of experts unanimously cast their votes for Vancouver as the first ever Global Earth Hour Capital in 2013. Also in the running for the title were finalists Forlì in Italy; New Delhi in India; Oslo in Norway; Uppsala in Sweden; and San Francisco in the USA.
The following 17 finalists from the six pilot countries were selected by WWF.
With more than 70% of the world’s CO2 emissions generated by cities, the Earth Hour City Challenge was created to mobilize action and support from cities in the global transition towards a climate friendly one-planet future
The challenge invites cities to submit inspiring and credible urban development plans that dramatically increase the city’s use of renewable energy. The plans and relevant data are submitted via an internationally recognized carbon reporting platform for cities, managed by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. Outreach and support to cities is provided in collaboration with ICLEI while the final plans and data are reviewed by an international jury.
The jury will review development plans for building, transport, energy and food systems – solutions that will make a city greener and cleaner while improve living standards for residents.
The international jury will be looking for cities that have already recognised the climate challenge and started to measure and report their emissions. Awarded cities will also be busy launching innovative, participation based and ambitious initiatives, taking the city closer to a 100% renewable and sustainable economy. Or advancing the low carbon agenda, with pace and a clear strategic connection between actions and targets. In order to level the playing field, the panel will take into account differences in resources and starting points; the Earth Hour City Challenge is not about having the most hi-tech plans, but about commitment and innovative thinking focusing on solutions that promote attractive, one-planet lifestyles.
Jury members confirmed:
- Gino van Bergin, Secretary General of ICLEI
- Conor Riffle, Head of CDP Cities
- Simon Giles, Senior Principal Intelligent Cities, Accenture Global, Accenture
- Martha Delgado, General Director of the Secretariat of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate
- Dan Hoornweg, Professor and Jeff Boyce Research Chair, Faculty of Energy Systems and Engineering, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
- Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary
- Pietro Laureano, Architect and Urban Planner, is a UNESCO Consultant
- John F. Cook, Executive Director, US-Mexico Border Mayors Association
- Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)
In 2014 the City Challenge is open to cities in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Korea, Sweden, The Netherlands, the United States and South Africa. If your city deserves global recognition for its effort to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce climate impact, then register for 2014 participation information here.