Climate Ready DC, a plan created in partnership with the global architecture firm Perkins+Will, propelled the nation’s capital to recognition by Bloomberg Philanthropies as one of the world’s most inspiring and innovative cities in the world for major climate action. Washington, D.C. was named a recipient in the adaptation plans & programs (Cities4Tomorrow) category at the fifth annual C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards ceremony, held at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago.
“A summer of widespread flooding and devastating hurricanes—together with a succession of ferocious wildfires in California—demonstrate how critical it is for cities to prepare for what could be cataclysmic outcomes from climate change. Climate Ready DC underscores D.C.’s readiness to respond to threats and build resilience into our civic infrastructure and other life-essential systems,” said Jon Penndorf, FAIA, senior project manager and a sustainability leader at Perkins+Will. Penndorf, along with colleagues Amy Thompson, Janice Barnes, and Doug Pierce, played lead roles in creating the climate adaptation plan.
For Climate Ready DC, the District’s Department of Energy and Environment partnered with climate science and technical experts, including Perkins+Will, to assess the risks that climate change poses to infrastructure and public facilities, and identify 77 actions the District can take to reduce these risks.
The C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards honor ten sustainability projects, selected from 174 entries from 92 cities around the globe. An expert jury panel comprising former mayors and climate experts selected the winning urban sustainability projects based on excellence in urban planning and dedication to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving resiliency.