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Chattanooga, Memphis, and Nashville selected in Bloomberg Sustainable cities cohort

Sustainable cities

Chattanooga, Memphis, and Nashville are among 25 cities selected by Bloomberg American Sustainable Cities to access federal funds to combat climate change.  

Launched in March 2024, Bloomberg American Sustainable Cities is a three-year initiative to turbocharge 25 U.S. cities’ efforts to leverage historic levels of federal funding to proactively build low-carbon, resilient, and economically thriving communities. 

Building on the longtime leadership of U.S. cities to confront the crisis of climate change which disproportionately impacts disadvantaged communities, the $200 million Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative will provide deep support to selected cities to pursue transformative solutions in the buildings and transportation sectors through partnerships with PolicyLink, Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University, and Natural Resources Defense Council.  

The initiative aims to ensure the participating cities – collectively representing more than 10 million people – can leverage and implement federal funds to advance local projects, especially in disadvantaged communities historically overburdened by pollution.  

The cities selected for Bloomberg American Sustainable Cities will receive support from Bloomberg Philanthropies to bolster city capacity in driving progress on climate mitigation and promoting equitable outcomes. Potential projects in the 25 cities include developing affordable energy-efficient housing, increasing access to clean energy, investing in electric vehicles and infrastructure, and more.