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Join the millions of people shaping the future of sustainable cities all over the world.
Vote for your favorite city, share what you love about it and tell us your ideas for making it even better. The winner of the We Love Cities Award will be announced during a global awards ceremony.

Join the millions of people shaping the future of sustainable cities all over the world.
Vote for your favorite city, share what you love about it and tell us your ideas for making it even better. The winner of the We Love Cities Award will be announced during a global awards ceremony.

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE CITY

Click on the flag of one of the 21 participating countries to get started.

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TWEET, TAG & SHARE

Add your voice! Every Instagram and Tweet counts as a vote when you use your favorite city’s hashtag.

WHY WE LOVE CITIES

Over half the world’s population now live in cities, and they generate over 70% of our climate footprint. But cities also offer an immense opportunity to create better places to live while contributing to a healthier planet in the process. Through better transport, green buildings, harnessing the power of nature, wasting less and loving more, cities can lead the way to a climate-friendly future.

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to get around

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power of nature

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green buildings

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We love
clean living

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We love
good food

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We love to get around

Our participating cities are transforming the way people travel. For sustainable cities, improving the way people get around also means reducing the amount of energy we use. Transportation accounts for 25% of global energy use so cities are

finding ways to change that. Car-free and car-restricted areas, electrification, more public transport, promoting cycling and pedestrian-friendly streets are just some of the better ways to travel that will lead to a healthier environment.

We love the power of nature

Our participating cities love the power of nature and are becoming hotspots for renewable energy solutions. Right now, city dwellers are responsible for over 70% of our planet’s energy-related carbon emissions. But by becoming trailblazers for renewables, cities have

the opportunity to change that. From solar water heating, geothermal heating, biogas, wind farms, solar electricity and smart grids, renewables don’t affect the air we breathe, our water supplies and our climate system. And that means healthy, happier people.

We love green buildings

Our participating cities are at the forefront of improving the places that we live and work. Buildings define the character of our cities. But it’s not just about what they look like, it’s about how they work too. Buildings use one third of the world’s energy, and in bigger

cities they account for up to 80% of carbon emissions. By championing new designs, incentives and standards, cities are leading the way to more energy-efficient homes, and inspiring a global trend where new buildings become energy producers rather than energy consumers.

We love clean living

By wasting less and loving more, our participating cities are leading the way to smart waste solutions. Like turning waste into resource. Biogas, district heating, compost, fertilizer, irrigation, and recycled goods all come from waste and

waste water. And making these resources creates jobs too. By minimizing and trapping waste for material and energy, smarter urban waste management improves the economy, the environment and promotes clean living – all at the same time.

We love good food

From top restaurants to cool street stalls, food is a big part of what defines a city. It’s also becoming a big part of the sustainability journey. Climate-smart food procurement and the promotion of more veggie based diets addresses food’s climate

impact as well as health issues; urban farming is improving food security; while hospitals and schools are recycling packaging and composting leftovers so nothing goes to waste. The more cities use the power of food, the better cities will become.

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OUR JOURNEY TO BETTER

Three steps to making our most lovable cities more sustainable.

Vote, celebrate & share ideas for improving your favorite city

Last day to vote is June 30th & the winning city will be announced at the end of the campaign.

Each city will receive your ideas for making it even better

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EXPRESS YOUR LOVE

Your photos, videos, votes and ideas count! And the city with the most of these wins.

Use your city's hashtag on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Visit the city’s page and click the vote button

Submit an improvement suggestion

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Common questions

Here are the answers.

What is the We Love Cities campaign? Answer

We Love Cities is a social media campaign that allows people across the world to express support for sustainable urban development by voting on their favorite finalist from WWFs One Planet City Challenge and posting improvement suggestions for these cities. The One Planet City Challenge is the world’s largest and longest running city challenge. You can read more about it here. With the We Love Cities campaign we aim to:

  • Inspire and raise awareness for the sustainability progress being made in cities.
  • Give the general public an opportunity to celebrate, vote and upgrade their city through making suggestions to decision makers.
  • Reward communities and strengthen the bond between the public and decision makers.

Does the number of votes a city receives in the We Love Cities campaign have an influence on the selection of the national and global winners of the One Planet City Challenge? Answer

No. The We Love Cities campaign has no influence on the jury selection of winners in the One Planet City Challenge. The jury process is completely based on the data reported by the cities on the platform carbonn® Climate Registry, the internationally recognized reporting platform for the One Planet City Challenge.

Why are there no cities from my country involved? Answer

The cities profiled here are all finalists in WWF’s biennial One Planet City Challenge..
If your country is included in the One Planet City Challenge but your city is not profiled here, either your city chose not to participate in the Challenge or it participated but didn’t make it past the expert jury’s pre-selection process. In either case please encourage your mayor or public officials to inspire the world by developing and reporting really ambitious climate action plans next year.

Some of these cities do not look very sustainable at all, why are they included? Answer

The inclusion of cities in the campaign does not mean that they are certified as sustainable. WWF believes that no city in the world can currently be called a 100% sustainable city, and all our cities and communities still have a long way to go before they can claim that all their residents live high quality lives while equitably sharing our planet’s biological capacity to sustain them. But there are cities that are taking strong sustainability actions that, if they continue, can play a significant role in driving the transition towards a renewable energy-based and sustainable future.

 

These actions need to be highlighted and celebrated so they can inspire other cities with similar challenges to replicate them. The One Planet City Challenge has recruited cities from across the globe, all of whom have their own particular local circumstances and varying capabilities to act on climate change and sustainability issues. Thus, the pre-selection process has taken these local aspects into consideration and has put forward cities that have begun developing ambitious actions and strategies.

Will my vote really make a difference to improving sustainability in a city? Answer

Your vote and all suggestions received for improving cities will be passed directly to the city representatives. In previous campaigns city representatives were highly appreciative of the feedback they received from the public and noted that they would act to be responsive to their citizens.
Your vote will also be a signal to the cities that they are receiving positive acknowledgement for taking action on climate change and sustainability and this in turn encourages and challenges them to do even more to improve the lifestyles of their most important stakeholder – you!

Why are the themes picked so important? Answer

As meeting places, creative hotpots and centers of financial, social and technical innovations, cities can drive progress in many areas. We wanted to focus on the areas where the biggest social benefits and climate wins can be made: transport, energy, housing, waste and food.

 

For example, cities can achieve huge emission reductions and increase quality of life through strategies such as car-free and car-restricted areas, electrification, expanding public transport, promoting cycling, making the city more compact and pedestrian-friendly, and developing areas where sustainable transport is available. Climate-smart food procurement and promotion of more veggie-based diets addresses food’s climate impact as well as health issues.

 

Closed-loop solutions and cradle-to-cradle approaches minimizes waste and taps it for material and energy. Smarter urban waste management can improve the economy, the environment and people’s quality of life simultaneously. Cities can refurbish buildings and support local renewable energy. They thereby free themselves from fossil fuel dependency and protect their economy against future energy costs.

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