11 Cities Win Climate Change Awards

When faced with growing flooding concerns throughout its neighborhoods, Copenhagen implemented a sweeping network of drains to channel stormwater into underground basins and canals. That project, dubbed the Copenhagen Cloudburst Management plan, was one reason the city won an award this week at a C40 climate conference in Mexico City. C40 is a global network of cities working on climate change. All winners were recognized in a ceremony Thursday for projects centered around sustainable design, resiliency and social equity. Portland, Oregon, the only U.S. city to receive an award, was recognized for its ambitious 2015 Climate Action Plan, a blueprint for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. Under the plan, the number of residents traveling primarily by public transit, bikes or walking is expected to rise 50 percent, and the number of electric vehicles is set to increase to 8,000.

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