Climate Week NYC will host global awards for sustainability and innovation

22 August 2014

NEW YORK: On September 22, 2014 Climate Week NYC will host two important awards that will show with numbers and facts, how initiatives for climate change are an opportunity for both citizens and entrepreneurs.

Climate Week NYC is a chance for high-profile leaders from politics, business and civil society to come together to find new solutions for tackling climate change, but it is also a time to celebrate important milestones in innovation and sustainability through ceremonies and awards.

One event that will be spotlighting urban low carbon leaders, is the City Climate Leadership Awards, which is jointly organized by the network of 40 green 'megacities' C40, and the global engineering and technology services company Siemens.

Cities and organizations committed to bold climate actions are competing in ten different categories in the Awards, including finance and economic development, energy efficient built environment, air quality and intelligent city infrastructure. Now in its second year, the Awards are also an opportunity for cities to showcase their scalable projects for a low carbon, people-oriented city.

Then on the evening of September 22, the high-level Equator Prize 2014 award ceremony will take place as part of events in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Summit. For the 7th year, 25 community organizations will be nominated in an Academy-style presentation, which will reward best practices aimed at local biodiversity and ecosystem-based solutions to climate change.

A Technical Advisory Committee will judge the projects considering their impact, sustainability, innovation and transferability. Great attention will also be given to the empowerment of women and social inclusion. Each winning community will then receive US$5,000, while US$15,000 will be shared in special recognition prizes in categories like sustainable land management and disaster risk reduction. Speeches and awards will also be punctuated by musical performances.

For a full list of Climate Week NYC events, please visit

Wherever you are in the world, get involved by following the conversation on social media using #CWNYC.

You can also see our Climate Week NYC media resources for press releases, contacts and more info.

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By Ilario D'Amato

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