Houston and Philadelphia Finalists for “The Mayors Challenge”

By Adam P. Newton, February 26, 2013, Charity & Community, Events & Fun, News

The Mayors Challenge FinalistsTwo of our favorite cities – Houston, TX and Philadelphia, PA – are finalists for the Mayors Challenge, conducted by The Bloomberg Foundation and The Huffington Post. According to The Mayors Challenge homepage, “Cities have become the new laboratories of democracy, and there are promising policy experiments happening all across the country. … In this new contest, readers can vote on their favorite idea from the 20 finalists in the Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life.”

In Houston, Mayor Annise Parker and the Office of Sustainability have developed the “One Bin for All” campaign. This program hopes to provide every Houston residence with curbside recycling service that combines trash and recycling into one simple bin, instead of the usual setup with the various items separated into multiple bins. With this single bin, the trash and recycling are brought to a state-of-the-art facility where everything is sorted accordingly. The idea is to eliminate the question, “Can I recycle this?” so that people aren’t frustrated by the recycling process. With this pioneering recycling program, the City of Houston would take care of the separation process for its citizens, reduce the materials sent to landfills, and make a very unique push for sustainability.

For the City of Brotherly Love, Mayor Michael Nutter has proposed the “Philadelphia Social Enterprise Partnership” (PSEP) as a way to encourage forward-thinking individuals across his city to develop inventive answers for a variety of city concerns. As the Philadelphia, PA Mayors Challenge page states, “PSEP has three core elements: (1) reframe challenges as opportunities for innovators; (2) bring the best ideas to Philadelphia to be developed and challenged with city government at the table; and (3) create a system that allows city government to serve as the testing ground for these new solutions.”

What can residents of Houston, TX and Philadelphia, PA do to participate in this content to ensure that their city wins the opportunity to pursue its engaging, innovative ideas?

  1. Learn about the Mayor Challenge in Houston and Philadelphia.
  2. Vote!
  3. Share the Mayor Challenge with your Friends and Social Networks. Use the hashtag #1Bin4All in Houston, TX or #PSEP in Philadelphia, PA and link to the appropriate video and site for your city.

With voting for The Mayors Challenge open through March 6, it’s easy to support your city as your mayor works to foment positive change for everyone! We are truly proud of the efforts being made in both these cities, and we encourage everyone to go vote!

Image courtesy of The Mayors Challenge homepage.

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Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Adam P. Newton never acquired the charming accent that most life-long Texans possess in spades, but he’s OK with that. Adam currently creates and curates online content for Bounce Energy. He also spent several years as a freelance music journalist, and in 2011, he self-published a collection of short stories entitled "If This Parking Lot Could Speak."

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