For the first time, Climate Week NYC, now in its 10th year, is giving you the opportunity to tell New York City why climate action is your business too. Buy a window vinyl here.
Corinna and Theresa Williams are climate pioneers who founded Celsious, an environmentally-friendly laundromat in Brooklyn, six years ago. This year for the first time, to mark the tenth Climate Week in the New York City, Climate Week NYC is partnering with businesses from across the five boroughs to raise awareness of climate action – and Celsious are leading by example.
Taking place 24 – 30 September, Climate Week NYC is the largest event of its kind in the world. Last year over 140 events took place, as well as a series of major moments that brought together leaders from the political, business and sustainability spheres. It’s a week where some of the most significant announcements and commitments to climate action will be made. But it’s also one of the most prominent opportunities for the public to engage with, and better understand, how their actions can make a difference too.
“I think it’s really important to let people know about all the little things that can make a difference to climate change,” Corinna tells us. Celsious is the first business to support Climate Week NYC as part of a new initiative to get New Yorkers involved. Climate Week NYC chose to make Celsious the first company to join the campaign in recognition of their innovation, community engagement, and their commitment to pushing the boundaries of what businesses can do to make a difference.
The laundromat has installed energy-efficient machines that use less water and power, which massively reduces the environmental footprint of their business. But they’ve also brought in a number of smaller changes too. Each customer is provided with a jar of environmentally-friendly detergent – this not only cuts down on packaging on all sides, but bulk-buying cuts down on the impact of transportation too. Celsious also provide a range of climate-safe options for more specific requirements, such as dry-cleaning, and they’ve taken great lengths to locally and responsibly source all of the products in their café.
“This year we want to open up Climate Week NYC to anyone and everyone,” explains Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group, the international non-profit organization that has been running the event since it launched in 2008. “We are really excited about the reaction from businesses, big and small, who want to be part of the biggest climate action event of the year.”
Businesses wishing to support Climate Week NYC are asked to make a $60 donation to support the week and provide details of what they are doing to support climate action. In return, Climate Week NYC provides a window decal to showcase their involvement, as well as official listing on the Climate Week NYC online guide to sustainable businesses and other support through social media channels.
There are other ways that businesses, community projects and other groups can take part too. “We’re looking to host an event at Celsious,” comments Teresa. “There’s a really strong community here, we’re all so close knit and supportive of each other, and so it’s a really great way of bringing that together.”
Event registration for Climate Week NYC opened last month, and interest has significantly increased compared to the previous year. “This is the first year that we’re getting involved,” Corinna tells us. “I guess that’s why we’re so excited, to find out more about what’s happening and what we can get involved with.”
The mission of the scheme is to promote across the city, and around the world, some of the most accessible steps that companies can take to combat climate action.
“Prior to launching this today we’ve heard from restaurants and shops, all the way to major mobile phone companies and high street banks, all of which have made changes to how they run their business and want to spread the word to their community about what they’re doing,” Helen Clarkson comments.
“New York City hosts the largest Climate Week in the world for a reason. New Yorkers, and visitors to New York, are passionate about the impact that our everyday activities are having on the planet. By bringing businesses from across the city together in this way, we hope to amplify what is happening so that we can inspire others to do the same.”
Let your customers, clients, community and the world know that you support Climate Week NYC and climate action by purchasing a Climate Week NYC 'Climate Action is our Business' window sticker.
Today, Saturday 16th June 2018, Climate Week NYC is launching its 100-day countdown. The event, which is the largest climate week in the world, launches on 24 September 2018, with an Opening Ceremony to be held at the The Times Center, in Manhattan. Climate Week NYC is endorsed by the UN, and coincides with the United Nations General Assembly. Previous speakers at our Opening Ceremony include Tim Cook, Tony Blair, Christiana Figureres and California Governor Jerry Brown.
Climate Week NYC will host many events around New York City from 24 – 30 September. In addition to sustainability leaders and CEOs from some of the world’s largest organizations, the week will also bring together political leaders, with significant announcements and commitments anticipated to attract global attention.
Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive of The Climate Group, commented: “Climate Week NYC is about taking the high level commitments made by policy makers and industry leaders and applying them, at every level, into the real world. By bringing together the most influential figures delivering climate action, alongside hundreds of events that seek to engage the public and business communities, we will be able to translate the objectives of the Paris Agreement into something that we can all play a part in delivering. This is all about stepping up and making things happen.
“This will be the place where business and government leaders come together to turn pledges into action, in order to keep warming well below 2 degrees Celsius. Bringing people together in New York, with its own strong record of delivering climate action, is of even greater importance against the backdrop of political uncertainty that we now see on this issue from the US Federal Government. This is a great opportunity to show the strength of the community that are saying ‘We Are Still In.’”
Registration has now opened for organizations, businesses and community groups to register official Climate Week NYC events. Last year over 140 events took place across the week and this year it is expected that even more New Yorkers will take part.
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The 10th Climate Week NYC will shine a spotlight on businesses and governments from around the world as they deliver - at a greater scale than ever before - the Paris Agreement on climate.
Join key US and international actors at the inaugural Climate Week NYC Hub, as we come together behind a message of ‘stepping-up’ – collectively taking climate leadership to the next level.
More details will be launched shortly, but save the date for an essential and inspiring day of climate action discussions and networking - hosted by The Climate Group. The Hub will combine high level panel sessions, deep dive workshops and thought leadership round tables - convening a diverse audience of senior delegates and speakers.
We have a range of bespoke opportunities to position organizations within the Hub. To find out more about sponsoring Climate Week NYC or hosting an event in the Hub, contact Danielle Bidos, Sponsorship and Business Development Manager.