Call for applications: The Prize for Cities - Inclusive cities for a changing climate

The Prize winner and finalists exemplify qualities to be emulated. They apply big ideas to critical urban problems, demonstrate life-changing impact on people’s lives and on the communities they live in, and have ripple effects on institutions, the wider city and other cities.
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The WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities is the premier global award celebrating and spotlighting transformative urban change. The Prize is awarded to projects or initiatives based on their contribution to sustainable urban transformation in their cities.
 
Sustainable urban transformations are deep social, economic, and environmental shifts in the way cities look, feel, and function. They impact multiple dimensions, including physical structures, institutions, mindsets, behaviors, daily practices, and financial flows. They take a variety of forms, pathways, and involve a diversity of actors and communities.
 
The Prize seeks to inspire urban change-makers across the globe by elevating trailblazing initiatives and telling impactful stories of sustainable urban transformation. The Prize was awarded for the first time in April 2019 with the generous support of Stephen M. Ross.
 
What kinds of initiatives or projects does the Prize award?
 
The Prize winner and finalists exemplify qualities to be emulated. They apply big ideas to critical urban problems, demonstrate life-changing impact on people’s lives and on the communities they live in, and have ripple effects on institutions, the wider city and other cities.
 
This Prize cycle invites submissions for the theme “Inclusive cities for a changing climate” – initiatives and projects that how to live and thrive in a changing climate by tackling both the climate crisis and urban inequality, including those that:
  • Protect lives and livelihoods threatened by the changing climate
  • Increase accessibility without increasing the carbon footprint
  • Fuel innovation and economic opportunity without polluting byproducts
  • Shift traditional models of behavior and daily practices
  • Use new data, knowledge, governance and / or finance
  • Tackle potentially negative effects of climate policies
 
In what languages can I apply?
 
The Prize accepts submissions in Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish. Please use the submission form in your language of choice.
 
Application Deadline: May 7, 2020
 

Wastewater irrigation in urban agriculture. Ghana. (credits: IWMI Flickr Photos / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

Illustration Photo: Wastewater irrigation in urban agriculture. Ghana. (credits: IWMI Flickr Photos / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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