Pittsburgh Wins Second Place in International Climate Challenge Cup at COP26

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 10, 2021) The City of Pittsburgh has won second place in an international competition called the Climate Challenge Cup as part of COP26. The award was presented to Mayor William Peduto and Chief Resilience Officer Grant Ervin in the “Achieving Net Zero” category for the Marshall Plan for Middle America today in Glasgow, Scotland.   

The Climate Challenge Cup is a new international competition showcasing transformative civic research partnerships between research bodies, civic organizations and local communities to combat climate change. It brings together knowledge and experience from across the United Kingdom and United States to create a network of innovators helping affected communities adapt to climate change or achieve net zero.   

There were 12 project finalists from around the United Kingdom and United states in two categories. The City of Pittsburgh was the only organization to be a finalist in both categories.  

The Climate Challenge Cup is supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in partnership with the City of Glasgow, The Young Foundation, MetroLab Network, UK Science and Innovation Network, Innovate UK, University of Glasgow and Vertigo Ventures.   

A full video of the awards presentation is available here, with Mayor Peduto and Chief Ervin’s remarks near 2:12:00 mark.


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Molly Onufer
Communications Director
Mayor's Office