Launched in June as part of Bloomberg's American Cities Initiative, the American Cities Climate Challenge is a $70 million program focused on accelerating efforts in twenty cities to address climate change and promote a sustainable future for residents. Building on the America's Pledge initiative, which aims to keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement, the two-year program will provide participating cities with new resources and access to cutting-edge support designed to help them meet or beat their near-term carbon reduction goals.
To that end, Charlotte will receive a package of technical assistance and support valued at $2.5 million to help it achieve its goals, including funding for a climate advisor who will facilitate the development of high-impact policies, training for senior officials designed to help them implement their climate plans, and support for citizen engagement efforts. The city will use the support to upgrade municipal fleets to electric, increase community-wide access to public transit by an average of 41 percent, modernize development ordinances to address sprawl, and create new financing programs for energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.
"Charlotte has always been a city of reinvention and ambition," said Charlotte mayor Vi Lyles. "Working toward a sustainable and resilient community will help create economic opportunity for everyone through affordable housing, accessible transportation, and a clean-energy workforce."