SustainLane's news release as issued on December 9:
Colorado Springs Wins SustainLane?s US City Local Action Challenge
Residents Mobilize for Sustainability
SAN FRANCISCO (December 9, 2009)- SustainLane Media - the nation's leading online green media company?announced today that the City of Colorado Springs scored the most points in The Local Action Challenge (see www.sustainlane.com/hopenhagen for full details). The Local Action Challenge is a national contest that encourages people in cities across the U.S. to think global, act local, and do their part in saving energy while helping their home cities become more sustainable.
SustainLane created the Local Action Challenge
in partnership with Hopenhagen (www.Hopenhagen.org),
an international movement to drive action on climate change at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen occurring this week in Denmark. SustainLane has been reaching out on the local level to connect citizens with their hometown Mayor's wish lists of preferred green actions for their residents. The goal is to make Hopenhagen personal and local, and thus manageable for people, so people can feel a sense of participation and forward momentum. Colorado Springs residents posted the most actions over a three-month period to take first place in the friendly competition between the nation's 50 largest cities.
"I am tremendously impressed, though not surprised, by this honor, as I personally have met so many dedicated citizens," said Mayor Lionel Rivera. "Colorado Springs has made great environmental strides in recent years and momentum for this effort will no doubt strengthen and grow our community?s interest in sustainability. Congratulations to the citizens who chose to participate in this challenge and preserve resources for future generations."
The Local Action Challenge gives local communities a unique opportunity to engage their citizens in on-the-ground action as part of the Hopenhagen movement. Leveraging its relationship with mayors and sustainability directors from the 50 most-populous U.S. cities - forged during its bi-annual U.S. City Rankings
- SustainLane received from cities their top-ten lists of actions they'd like residents to take in order to combat climate change and care for the planet in their own communities.
"Cities need their residents to be part of the solution," said James Elsen, SustainLane Media CEO. "Colorado Springs? citizens answered that call, and are congratulated for finishing first in this challenge. As the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen gets underway this week, we will let them know that there are good people here at home in the US who are acting today on the local level to make changes to improve their quality of life while caring for our environment."
Residents who took their cities' challenge, completed tasks on their city's wish list and uploaded photos of their actions, earning points for their city along the way. They were then entered into weekly drawings to win prizes donated by local green business sponsors. The City of Cleveland was the runner-up in the Local Action Challenge, while Atlanta took 3rd place.