Climate scientists tell us we must act now to avoid irreversible ecological tipping points and the worst effects of climate change. Irvine joins the cities of Los Angeles and Petaluma as awardees in the innovative new Cool City Challenge initiative, which invites cities to become early adopters and embark on the ultimate mission of our time: becoming a carbon-neutral City by 2030.
Cool Irvine Launch Event: January 13, 2022
On January 13, 2022 Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan and special guest Congresswoman Katie Porter welcomed over 185 community members and congratulated Irvine for being selected to participate in the Cool City Challenge. During the event, attendees heard from the creators of the Cool City program, Irvine’s Climate Moonshot Team, and several community partners. Participants also had an opportunity to share their input on the Cool Irvine vision and highlighted priorities to help the community become carbon neutral by 2030.
Cool City Challenge: Learn More & Volunteer
Developed and funded by the Empowerment Institute, the Cool City Challenge is a $1 million grant competition among California cities to develop the most innovative pathways to carbon neutrality, including the Cool Block program which requires recruitment of 200 Cool Block team leaders to lead their neighbors through a shared learning program to improve sustainability and quality of life in their own neighborhoods, with an eye toward rapid expansion across the city.