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Vancouver Wins Canada’s WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge

The international expert jury has voted, and the results are in: Vancouver is the Canadian champion of WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge.  Our city is now in the running with five other country finalists chosen from 66 city entrants for the top prize of 2013 global Earth Hour Capital.

Vancouver, as the Canadian winner, is vying for top honours with country finalists in India, Italy, the U.S., Sweden, and Norway which are taking the most innovative action on climate change. From the six country winners, a global champion will be announced March 19, in Malmo, Sweden by an international jury led by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Choosing Vancouver as Canadian winner, the jury noted “Vancouver’s holistic and long-term vision on urban development, the effort toward local city food systems, and ambitious targets for government performance.”

“Being named the Canadian winner of WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge is a strong validation of our efforts to be the greenest city in the world by 2020,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “In Vancouver we’re demonstrating that building a greener city fosters a strong local economy, and we look forward to learning from and competing with other cutting-edge cities from around the world in the final stage of the Earth Hour City Challenge.”

Photo Credit: Stephen Hui

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