Ohio Cities Selected as Cities Climate Challenge Winners

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CINCINNATI (AP) – The Ohio cities of Cincinnati and Columbus are two of 20 cities selected as winners in a climate challenge program established by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The organization’s Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge is a $70 million program to accelerate cities’ efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for residents. Cincinnati and Columbus were two of seven cities announced Monday in the latest round of winners selected.

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ releases say the Ohio cities were selected because of their innovative and ambitious climate action plans to reduce air pollution and city-wide emissions with projects aimed at reforming their transit and buildings sectors.

The 20 winners of the challenge will receive technical assistance and a support package valued at $2.5 million per city to help them achieve their carbon-reduction goals.