NRDC and Partners Win Ashden Award for Heat Action Plans

The winners of the 2020 Ashden Awards have been announced this week. NRDC is deeply honored to have received on behalf of esteemed partners for the award for Cool Cities for our work on Heat Action Plans and Cool Roofs. We are honored to be among the 11 winners from the UK and developing countries for proven climate solutions that can drive a green recovery from coronavirus.

The winners were announced in a video celebration featuring films of the organizations in action. Watch the celebration here with Dr. Tejas Shah from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation explaining the groundbreaking Heat Action Plan and Cool Roofs Program.

Ashden CEO Harriet Lamb said:

“There’s growing momentum for a green recovery from coronavirus, one that escapes the failures of the past and propels us toward a low-carbon future. This new future is within our reach, as long as we back radical climate solutions. This year Ashden has uncovered outstanding pioneers worldwide. Our award winners are bringing clean energy to the world’s poorest people and creating sustainable buildings and transport. They are protecting our rainforests and tackling the impact of deadly heatwaves.”

The Ashden Cool Cities Award, sponsored by K-CEP and Climateworks, emphasized the link between the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis because “those already disadvantaged are most at risk”. That is why the Ashden finalists include organizations helping the most vulnerable. Ashen also highlights another link between the two emergencies and theme for the finalist: “How all of us, whatever our wealth or status, can come together to create change that benefits everyone.”

NRDC is deeply humbled to share the Ashden award with the many partners who contribute to effective Heat Action Plans and Cool Roofs Programs. We congratulate all of our partners and their unique roles.

Many cities, states and institutions around India also contributed to the effectiveness of Heat Action Plans, including public and private hospitals, urban health centers, link works, 108 ambulance response services and more. Several international experts also contributed to the Heat Action Plans and Cool Roofs, including deep expertise from the University of Washington, Mount Sinai Icahn School of Public Health, and Georgia Tech Institute of Technology, as well as, NYC Cool Roofs, National Ocean and Atmospheric Agency, Global Heat Health Information Network, Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, the Climate Development and Knowledge Network, among others.

As climate change continues to fuel brutal heat waves worldwide, effective public health response strategies are more important than ever before. Drawing on the strengths of government leadership, efficient interagency coordination, scientific expertise, robust communication programs, effective community engagement, strong action on heat preparedness can deliver lifesaving benefits—especially in building back better after the coronavirus.

Ashden Video: https://www.ashden.org/winners/natural-resources-defence-council

CNN Innovative Cities: https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/09/24/ahmedabad-cool-roofs-inno...

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Anjali Jaiswal

Senior Director, India, International Program

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