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first_imgThe Carbon War Room, a non-profit organization that harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to implement market-driven solutions to climate change, today announced the first wave of cities selected to participate in the Green Capital Global Challenge.Participant cities were selected from across the United States, Canada and Europe, after the Carbon War Room received an overwhelmingnumber of applications from cities around the world.  They include:  Atlanta, Babylon (New York), Burlington(Vermont), Charleston (South Carolina), Chicago, Gainesville (Florida), New York City, Portland (Oregon), San Francisco,Washington D.C., Toronto, Vancouver, London, Birmingham (England), and Copenhagen.”In this time of uncertainty around the ability and resolve of governments to lead the planet to low-carbon prosperity, it is up to businesses and cities to step up and assume responsibility,” said Sir Richard Branson, Co-Founder of the Carbon War Room.  “Mayors are the entrepreneurs of the civic world who realize their pivotal role in the fight against climate change.”Many participating mayors around the world echoed Sir Branson’s sentiments, citing this as a tremendous opportunity for their cities to engage in a healthy competition that will be a key step in moving many of their pioneering initiatives forward – ranging from green building initiatives and renewable energy programs to achieving full carbon neutrality.  Moreover, all mayors agreed that this is an initiative that will reduce energy costs, create green jobs that will improve their economic competitiveness, and, most importantly, improve the quality of life of their citizens.  “These cities are committed to taking immediate action to be a part of a movement that will create jobs, help local economies thrive, and green cities around the world,” said Jigar Shah, Chief Executive Officer of the Carbon War Room.  “These cities, along with many others that applied for the first wave, have pioneering sustainability visions, but they cannot do it on their own.  The Carbon War Room is committed to working with them to create the mechanisms that will allow cities and the private sector to work together to make these visions a reality.””We were inspired by the quality and quantity of nominations in the selection process,” said Peter Boyd, Director of Operations of the Carbon War Room.  “We will be working hard alongside the first wave of cities to help connect them with the private capital they need to improve energy efficiency of their buildings, and create jobs in their cities.”Launched by the Carbon War Room during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the ‘Green Capital – Global Challenge’ is a two year program that seeks to mobilize capital and resources into city-led energy efficiency initiatives that will culminate in a review of results achieved in London, during the summer of 2012.By the end of this year, the Green Capital – Global Challenge will look to engage with a second wave of cities to further promote energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.  The next round of nominations for cities looking to join in the Challenge will close 15th September 2010.  Today’s announcement follows closely behind the ‘Creating Climate Wealth’ summit hosted by the Carbon War Room last week in Washington, D.C.  Working in close concert with entrepreneurs and “intrapreneurs” from the government, nonprofit, and corporate communities, the Summit was designed to identify the policies, market frameworks, and programs that will clear the barriers to wealth creation in the new low carbon economy. Though the Green Capital Global Challenge was already well under way, responding to the challenges and opportunities of improving energy efficiency in the built environment was one of the many topics explored by attendees.About the Carbon War RoomThe Carbon War Room harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to implement market-driven solutions to climate change. The War Room’s unique approach focuses on bringing together successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, policy experts, researchers, and thought leaders to focus on market-driven solutions. For more information, visit www.carbonwarroom.com(link is external).SOURCE The Carbon War Room. WASHINGTON, April 28,2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

first_img The 2016 African Women’s Cup of Nations winner becomes the second African signing for Reva’s side following the acquisition of South Africa defender Bambanani Mbane in January. She also swells the number of Africans in the Minsk squad to six after Nigeria’s Ogbiagbevha, Cameroon’s Alvine Njolle, Cote d’Ivoire’s Nadege Cisse, and the South Africa duo of Letago Madiba and Mbane. Read Also:Two local coaches shortlisted for Super Falcons job Wogu will seek to earn her competitive debut when Minsk face Isloch-RGUOR in the Belarusian Women’s Super Cup on March 29. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Wogu sealed her move to the Belarusian giants from Nigeria Women’s Premier League side Rivers Angels after a medical and agreeing to personal terms with Volodymyr Reva’s team. Having completed her first professional switch, the 21-year-old will become the latest Nigerian to join the Belarusian Women’s Premier League, teaming up with compatriot Emuidzhi Oghiabekhva. Her arrival speaks volumes of the Blues and Whites’ ambition as they bid to maintain their domestic dominance in Belarus and go past the quarter-final in the 2020 Women’s Champions League season.Advertisement Belarusian champions Minsk have secured the services of Nigeria international Chioma Wogu on a two-year deal. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Best Cars Of All TimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body11 Movies That Changed The Way We Think Of CGI Forever Loading… last_img read more