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Reimagine Phoenix Initiative Nominated for Prestigious International AwardReimagine Phoenix Initiative Nominated for Prestigious International Award<div class="ExternalClassCA819AB284174950AD1AB1B34CCF1710"><p></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Reimagine Phoenix Initiative Nominated for </strong><strong>Prestigious International Award</strong></p><ul><li><em>Phoenix's Reimagine Phoenix initiative included in shortlist for C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies</em><em><strong> </strong></em><em>Awards - 25 of world's most innovative and impactful efforts by mayors to improve sustainability and resiliency of cities. </em><em> </em></li></ul><ul><li><em>Reimagine Phoenix also included in Cities 100, a prestigious publication showcasing </em><em>100 of the best urban climate solutions from around the world.</em></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Sept. 18, 2017</strong> – Phoenix is one of 25 finalists announced today for the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards 2017. The Reimagine Phoenix initiative – which advances the City's goal to achieve a 40 percent diversion rate (recycling more instead of landfilling) by 2020 and zero waste by 2050 -- has been judged one of the most ambitious and innovative sustainability efforts by mayors of C40 cities around the world.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Phoenix has been shortlisted in the Cities4ZeroWaste category.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The fifth-annual <a href="http://www.c40.org/awards">C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards</a> will celebrate the best projects across five categories: building energy efficiency and clean energy; sustainable transportation; reducing waste; climate action plans and adaptation plans and programs. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Phoenix has authored one of the best sustainability comeback stories in the nation over the past six years, and this international recognition is another sign of our incredible progress," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "We've set very ambitious goals for ourselves, so there's no slowing down now. Phoenix will continue to create new opportunities and new services to help Phoenix residents recycle and divert waste away from our landfills – which benefits us, our environment and our economy."  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Earlier this week, the city of Phoenix also announced the overall city waste diversion rate increased to 30 percent in fiscal year 2016-17. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">These major strides are a result of Phoenix's combined efforts including new waste diversion tools at key city buildings, ecostations in city parks to provide residents easier access to recycling and public outreach and education. Public-private partnerships and diversion activity by city departments including a major boost from the Water department's biosolids program also play a major role in helping Phoenix move towards 40 percent waste diversion by 2020. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Being recognized as a finalist for this prestigious award is a testament to the important steps Phoenix has taken to improve our waste reduction and recycling programs," said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. "Phoenix will continue to search for innovative ways to conserve our resources, save money and reduce the need for more landfills as we strive to reach our diversion goal."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The winners of the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards 2017 will be announced in Chicago, at the North America​n Climate Summit in December.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">C40 received 174 applications from 92 cities, which were assessed by a selection committee of urban sustainability and climate change experts at C40 and Sustainia, to identify the finalists. </p><p>For more information about Reimagine Phoenix, visit <a href="/publicworks/reimagine">phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine.</a></p><p>For more information on the Awards and the projects of the Finalist cities, go to: <a href="http://www.c40.org/awards">www.c40.org/awards</a>.</p><p>                                                          <img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Reimagine_CMYK_notag_vert.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:232px;height:193px;vertical-align:middle;" /><br></p><p><strong>About the Phoenix Public Works Department</strong></p><p>Public Works handles the proper collection and disposal of trash and recyclables for more than 350,000 households. The department also handles the maintenance of city-owned properties, such as City Hall and the Calvin C. Goode Building and the purchase and maintenance of city-owned vehicles. Public Works is committed to creating a sustainable Phoenix through positive resource management. In 2013, the department launched its waste diversion initiative, <a href="/publicworks/reimagine"><strong>Reimagine Phoenix</strong></a>, with a citywide goal of diverting 40 percent of trash from the landfill by the year 2020. To learn more about Reimagine Phoenix visit <a href="/publicworks/reimagine">phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine</a>. Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/talkingtrashphx?lang=en">@TalkingTrashPHX</a> or Instagram @talkingtrashphx and like us on Facebook <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1347840/3232601/20638/13/">https://www.facebook.com/PHXPublicWorks/</a></p><p><strong>About the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 11th year, connects more than 90 of the world's greatest cities, representing 650+ million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes; three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. C40's work is made possible by our three strategic funders: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Realdania. To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit <a href="http://www.c40.org/">www.c40.org</a>, follow us on Twitter @c40cities or Instagram @c40cities and like us on Facebook at</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/C40Cities">http://www.facebook.com/C40Cities</a>.</p><p><strong>About Bloomberg Philanthropies</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg's charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2015, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars. For more information, please visit  <a href="http://www.bloomberg.org/">bloomberg.org</a>  or follow us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bloombergdotorg">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/bloombergdotorg/">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://www.snapchat.com/add/bloombergdotorg">Snapchat</a>, and Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/bloombergdotorg">@BloombergDotOrg</a>.</p><p> </p></div>9/18/2017 7:00:00 AMBrenda Yanez, 602-262-5099 (media only)Customer Service 602-262-7251