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New York City Skyline Goes Green for 10th Climate Week NYC

New York’s most famous buildings will go green on the eve of the Opening Ceremony of Climate Week NYC, Sunday September 23, 2018. 

  • The Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, Madison Square Garden, 1 Bryant Park (Bank of America Tower), One Five One (formerly 4 Times Square), Javits Center Crystal Palace, Pier 17 and the historic Coney Island Parachute Jump all lit up green on Sunday evening to welcome Climate Week NYC 
  • Global political leaders take the stage at the Opening Ceremony of Climate Week NYC on Monday September 24, including Rt Hon Jacinda Arden, Prime Minister, New Zealand, President Jovenel Moïse, Republic of Haiti, and California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. 
  • Climate Week NYC takes place September 24 – 30, with 149 events taking place across the five boroughs of NYC

New York City, Sunday September 23, 2018

New York’s famous skyline was transformed on Sunday evening to celebrate the 10th year of Climate Week NYC, the biggest climate week event on earth. Some of the world’s most iconic buildings, including the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden and One World Trade Center, were lit up green on the eve of the Opening Ceremony – which kicks off the week of varied, exciting events across the city. 

The Opening Ceremony, taking place at 9:00am EST, will feature announcements from heads of state including the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand; President Hilda C. Heine of the Marshall Islands; President Martín Vizcarra of Peru; President Jovenel Moïse of the Republic of Haiti; and California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr

Some of the leading figures from the world of business will also come together to make a series of announcements and commitments in an urgent bid to accelerate climate action and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. This will include Brad Smith, President and CLO of Microsoft; Stephen Badger, Chairman of Mars; Paul Coster, Executive Director of JP Morgan; Robin Chase, Co-founder of Zipcar; and Tony Milikin, Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer for Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer. 

The Empire State Building, official lighting partner for Climate Week NYC, as well as all of the other buildings, lit up green from sundown until 2am Monday. In addition, NYC & Company, who are supporting Climate Week NYC and helped light the skyline green, have provided space for a major marketing campaign across New York City, including advertisement on LinkNYC screens that raise awareness of what people can do to take climate action. 

Climate Week NYC, which takes place during the United Nations General Assembly, is endorsed by the United Nations as well as by the Mayor of New York City.

“We are honored to again welcome The Climate Group and Climate Week NYC for the 10th year,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this month. “Here in New York, we’re taking bold action on climate. Through our ground breaking OneNYC strategy and our ambitious 1.5˚C Plan, we’ve committed our city to hit the highest goals of the Paris climate agreement. We’re divesting from fossil fuels, mandating that our largest buildings cut their emissions, and investing in electric vehicles. Through investments in resiliency and sustainability, we are building a fairer city for all.”

All photo credits to Jordan Danielle

Climate Week NYC Media Portal 

This year we have introduced a Climate Week Media Portal – you can log in here to find all the latest on Climate Week NYC including press releases, as well as agendas, logos, photographs and videos in the lead up and during the week itself. The link to log in to the Portal is here – please email media@theclimategroup.org for password access. 

About The Climate Group

The Climate Group’s mission is to accelerate climate action to achieve a world of under 2°C of global warming. We do this by bringing together powerful networks of business and governments that shift global markets and policies. We focus on the greatest global opportunities for change, take innovation and solutions to scale, and build ambition and pace. We are an international non-profit organization, founded in 2004, with offices in London, New Delhi and New York. Our business campaigns are brought to you as part of the We Mean Business coalition. Visit TheClimateGroup.org and follow us on Twitter @ClimateGroup and Facebook @TheClimateGroup. 

About Climate Week NYC

Climate Week NYC is the time and place where the world gathers to showcase amazing climate action and discusses how to do more. Taking place between September 24-30, in New York City, this is the 10th annual Climate Week NYC, run by The Climate Group in coordination with the United Nations and the City of New York. Climate Week NYC is one of the key summits in the international calendar and has been driving action forward since it was first launched by The Climate Group in 2009. We host government ministers, investors, governors, CEOs and mayors from across the world; they are shaping markets and setting policy to make climate action a reality. Visit ClimateWeekNYC.org and find out more on Twitter #ClimateWeekNYC. 

Climate Week NYC Sponsors and Supporting Partners: 

With thanks to AB InBev, Microsoft, Mars, ROCKWOOL Group, JP Morgan Chase & Co, International Copper Association, Bank of America, National Grid US, Johnson & Johnson, Colgate, Anesco, LeasePlan, Estée Lauder Companies, Orsted, TERI, Essential Costa Rica, IKEA Group, Raw London, Pfizer, Solid Power, S&P Global, The Rockefeller Foundation, WePower, 3Degrees, Lyft, Empire State Building, Event! Merchandising, NYC & Co., The New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency, The New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.

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