City Climate Innovation Challenge

Landmark program to help cities pilot and scale innovation.

Innovative businesses and cleantech startups can leverage the private-sector skills and investment that cities need.

To unlock the full potential of urban innovation we need closer coordination between all stakeholders.

We work with selected cities to identify startup and corporate solutions to be piloted in innovation “sandboxes” along with access to pilot funding for select startup solutions, technical support, data analysis, peer-to-peer learnings, and convenings with key private sector companies.

Our First Challenge - City Climate Innovation Challenge for Zero Emissions Delivery (ZED Challenge)

The explosion of e-commerce and related goods movement has led to an increase in air pollution, urban traffic congestion, and greenhouse gas emissions in cities across the United States. While major delivery fleets have announced pledges to deploy zero emission vehicles—and many startup and corporate innovations have entered the market—the progress to move toward zero emissions has been slow.

The ZED City Challenge is spurring the move to zero emissions delivery by seeking and deploying technology and policy innovations among a national multi-city cohort that is committed to advancing transformative climate solutions.

The Cohort

In January 2024 we announced the cities joining our anchor partners of Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Santa Monica. They are Louisville, KY; Miami-Dade County, FL; New York City, NY; Oakland, CA; Portland, OR; and Washington D.C. LACI will help these cities to develop solutions accelerating the move to zero emissions delivery, reducing emissions from predominantly dirty, diesel trucks moving goods from first mile to last mile–which predominantly impact low income, disadvantaged communities.

The inaugural cohort is supported by funding from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, MUFG Bank, State of California, U.S. Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, and Wells Fargo.

55 million

combined metropolitan population of the nine participating cities and counties

3 Anchor Cities

Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Santa Monica

6 Cohort Cities & Counties

Louisville, KY; Miami-Dade County, FL; New York City, NY; Oakland, CA; Portland, OR; and Washington D.C.

3 Partners

LACI, C40, and Climate Mayors

Through the Zero Emissions Delivery City Challenge, we are taking LACI’s proven model and putting it forward to help cities innovate, deploy, and scale what works. By working with cities to accelerate the move to zero emissions delivery vehicles and technologies, we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion, and enhance the overall livability of urban environments.

Matt Petersen

President and CEO