In a blog post, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said that the carbon cuts from the cities would put the U.S. back on pace to meet its commitment to the Paris Agreement, which was to cut emissions by 26-28% of 2005 levels by 2025. The Trump administration has said it will take the U.S. out of that United Nations agreement, but cities and states have rallied around the agreement through the “We Are Still In” coalition.
The Bloomberg challenge will see cities tackling a range of strategies to reduce their climate impacts, especially around transportation. Participants like Denver, San Antonio and Honolulu will be expanding public transit access, while cities like Portland, OR and Austin, TX will expand bicycle and pedestrian networks. Others are working to expand electric vehicles, especially in municipal fleets, or enacting stricter building codes that will encourage more energy efficiency.