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Call for entries: Canadian cities invited to join the One Planet City Challenge

TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WWF is inviting cities in Canada around the globe to join the One Planet City Challenge, a biennial competition that recognizes and rewards cities for their work to power a more sustainable, low-carbon, climate-resilient future.

Cities are home to more than half our planet’s population and generate 70 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions. They are also hubs for creativity and ambition, and inspiration to other cities around the globe. Innovation in infrastructure, housing, energy and transportation at the municipal level can help advance global climate efforts, including the goals set forth by the Paris Agreement.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of WWF’s international challenge to cities.

How it works

  • Cities are invited to report relevant data, plans and actions via the world’s leading carbon-reporting platform for local governments and regions, carbonn® Climate Registry, cCR, managed by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. 
  • Entrants will be evaluated by an international jury of experts, on areas ranging from urban planning and transportation, to consumer behavior and energy systems.
  • The deadline for cities to apply is September 29, 2017.
  • One Planet City Challenge finalists will be announced during the spring of 2018.
  • The most ambitious cities will be recognized as national winners, and, from among these, one city will be crowned the global winner of the One Planet City Challenge.

For further details on how to apply within Canada, visit http://www.wwf.ca/events/challenge.cfm

To learn more about the international campaign, visit the One Planet City Challenge website.

About the One Planet City Challenge

Formerly known as the Earth Hour City Challenge, the One Planet City Challenge was created in 2011 to shine a light on cities working towards a climate friendly, one-planet future. It has since engaged over 320 cities across five continents to date, awarding national and global winners for their remarkable efforts to move the needle on sustainability. The first-ever global winner, Vancouver, was recognized in 2013. National city winners from Canada include Edmonton (2014 & 2016) and Vancouver (2015).

About World Wildlife Fund Canada

WWF-Canada creates solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that nature, wildlife and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife. For more information, visit wwf.ca.


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