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Phoenix Recognized as One of 10 Best Cities Taking Climate Action in 2017Phoenix Recognized as One of 10 Best Cities Taking Climate Action in 2017<div class="ExternalClassCB51BC2F446541388FA4D525F3A8C934"><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Phoenix wins Award in Cities4ZeroWaste in C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>More than 90 cities applied to awards program </em></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p style="text-align:justify;">Phoenix was one of ten cities honored today at the <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20617/3/">C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards</a> ceremony, which recognizes the world's most inspiring and innovative cities taking major climate action. Phoenix was one of two cities to win the <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20952/6/"><strong>Cities4ZeroWaste</strong></a> award for its <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/17466/9/">Reimagine Phoenix Initiative</a> introduced as a necessary step to divert 40 percent of waste away from the landfill by 2020 and zero waste by 2050.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The fifth-annual awards ceremony took place at the <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20953/10/">North American Climate Summit</a> in Chicago. The awards honor 10 sustainability projects from around the globe that represent the most ambitious and innovative efforts taken by mayors to shape the future.  </p><p><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/17466/11/">Reimagine Phoenix</a> aims to lead a reduction in waste sent to landfills while saving money for the city and its citizens. With a population of four million people, the Phoenix area is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. adding about 150 residents every day. Reimagine Phoenix also focuses on creating an awareness of the importance of lessening our impact on the environment.</p><p>"Phoenix aims to be a global leader in sustainability, and we've set ambitious goals. Our Reimagine Phoenix Initiative pushes us to keep collaborating with businesses and the academic community to find innovative solutions to divert waste," said <strong>Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton</strong>. "This international recognition is a testament to the meaningful progress Phoenix has made that is not only good for the environment and our community, but also good for our economy."</p><p>Since Reimagine Phoenix was launched, the Public Works Department has explored a variety of new and exciting methods to increase diversion which is currently at 30 percent. Phoenix's goal is to become a leader in diverting trash from landfills through the development of a robust circular economy.</p><p>                  <img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/AWARDS17_WINNER_CITIES5.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:600px;" />  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Given the increasingly important role U.S. cities must play in driving climate action, this year each of the five award categories has one winner from a U.S. city and one winner from elsewhere in the world.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This year's winners in the five categories are:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Cities4Energy: <strong>Chicago, Copenhagen</strong></li><li>Cities4Mobility<em>:</em><strong>New York City, Dar es Salaam</strong></li><li>Cities4ZeroWaste<em>:</em><strong>Phoenix, Auckland</strong></li><li>Cities4Action: <strong>Fort Collins</strong>, <strong>Mexico City</strong></li><li>Cities4Tomorrow: <strong>Washington, DC, Wuhan</strong></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">"Nowadays, our worldwide philosophy should be 'Think local, act global'. The winners of the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards are evidence of the stunning innovation and disruptive progress by cities around the world to shape the century ahead" said <strong>Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40</strong>. "These projects should be considered blueprints that other cities can adapt to accelerate their own efforts."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Cities are helping nations reach the goals they set under the Paris Agreement, including in the U.S. Because cities share common challenges, each of these winning projects has the potential to improve lives around the world – while also improving our odds in the fight against climate change. Congratulations to all the winners," said <strong>Michael R. Bloomberg,</strong> <strong>C40 President of the Board and U.N. Secretary General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change</strong>.</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, who then identified <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20954/12/">25 finalists</a>. Sustainia partners with C40 each year to produce <em>Cities100</em>, a publication that showcases 100 of the best urban climate solutions from around the world. An expert jury panel comprised of former mayors, climate experts, and others, selected the winning urban sustainability projects based on excellence in urban planning and dedication to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving resiliency.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">C40 has captured images from the winning city projects. Phoenix images are <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20955/13/"><strong>here</strong></a>, and are free to use.    </p><p>For more information about Reimagine Phoenix visit <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/17466/14/">Phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine</a>.</p><p><strong>#ReimaginePHX on social media:</strong></p><p>Twitter: <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20956/15/">@TalkingTrashPHX</a> Facebook: <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20957/21/">PHXPublicWorks</a> Instagram: <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20964/22/">talkingtrashphx</a></p><p>For more information on the Awards and the winning projects visit: <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20617/23/">http://www.c40.org/awards</a>.</p><p>For details about the North American Climate Summit: <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20953/24/">https://northamericanclimatesummit.splashthat.com/</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Follow the C40 Cities Awards with #C40Awards and the North American Climate Summit with #ChicagoCharter.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">- ENDS -</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Notes</strong>:</p><p><strong>About the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group </strong>C40 Cities 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 Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo; and 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://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20619/25/">www.c40.org</a>, follow us on Twitter <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20958/26/">@c40cities</a> or Instagram <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20959/27/">@c40cities</a> and like us on Facebook at <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20620/28/">http://www.facebook.com/C40Cities</a>.</p><p><strong>About Bloomberg Philanthropies </strong>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://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20621/29/">bloomberg.org</a>  or follow us on <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20622/30/">Facebook</a>, <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20623/31/">Instagram</a>, <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20624/57/">Snapchat</a>, and Twitter <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1356034/4079153/20625/58/">@BloombergDotOrg</a>.<br></p></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br></p></div>12/5/2017 7:00:00 AMBrenda Yanez, 602-501-0620 (media only)Customer Service602-262-6251