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C40 Cities Award finalists tackle energy, resilience, climate action

The climate change vulnerability assessment of Belo Horizonte, Brazil (above) is a finalist for this year's C40 Cities Awards. (Ronaldo Almeida/

The 35 finalists for the fourth annual C40 Cities Awards proposed initiatives that range from urban mobility to inclusive growth to increased reliance on renewable energy.

Auckland, Belo Horizonte and Yokohama are among the muncipalities from six continents to make the final round, according to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

The winners in ten categories will be announced December 1 at a ceremony in Mexico City to be held in conjunction with the biennial C40 Mayors Summit. Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa focused their proposals on weaning themselves from fossil fuels. Sprawling Houston wants to introduce a new metro system while Addis Ababa plans to expand its light-rail system.

A few cities were selected for mulitiple ideas. New York City is vying in two categories with proposals that address resilience and social inclusion. The awards are sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD, a China-based manufacturer of electric vehicles and batteries. C40 Cities received 160 applications from 75 countries. The ten categories recognize municipal efforts around climate-action plans, energy-efficient buildings, solid waste, transportation, sustainable communities and the impact of climate change on social equity.

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