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34 cities contending for the ‘Earth Hour Capital 2014’ title

5th February 2014

34 cities around the world have received special recognition by the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) for their impressive activities on climate change. The EHCC project aims to strengthen action and support from cities in the transition towards a sustainable future. The EHCC is operated by WWF in partnership with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – and the Swedish Postcode Lottery.  Of 163 entrants, 34 finalists from 14 countries were selected in this year’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC). 21 out of the 34 finalists are ICLEI Members.

Earth Hour

The following 34 cities will contend for the ‘Earth Hour Capital 2014’ title:

  • Belgium: Antwerp, Brussels Capital Region, Ghent
  • Brazil: Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo
  • Canada: Edmonton, North Vancouver, Surrey
  • Colombia: Medellín, Monteria
  • Denmark: Copenhagen
  • Finland: Lappeenranta
  • India: Cochin, Coimbatore, Hyderabad
  • Indonesia: Semarang, Bogor
  • Mexico: Mexico City, Municipality of Aguascalientes, Puebla
  • South Africa: Cape Town, Durban
  • South Korea: Seoul, Suwon
  • Sweden: Eskilstuna, Stockholm, Växjö
  • Thailand: Khunhan, Muangklang, Nongsamrong
  • USA: Boulder, Chicago, Cleveland

An expert jury will now review the actions taken and commitments made  by these cities to combat climate change. They will then select one sustainability leader per country for the National Earth Hour Capital Awards, to be presented at a ceremony in Vancouver, Canada on 27th March 2014.

The European Green Capital Award

Copenhagen, the 2014 European Green Capital, and Stockholm, the inaugural European Green Capital in 2010, have both been chosen as finalists in the 2014 Earth Hour City Challenge, an initiative celebrating cities that are taking amazing steps forward in creating greener, cleaner and more sustainable cities. Since its year as European Green Capital, Stockholm has continued to act as a sustainable role model for other cities and Copenhagen will pursue its aim to inspire other cities towards achieving a more sustainable environment throughout 2014 and beyond, just like Stockholm.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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