2020-2021 World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center Prize for Cities Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, 29 June, 2021 - 09:30 to 10:30
Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Thursday, 3 June, 2021

2020-2021 World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center Prize for Cities Awards Ceremony

Details: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 9:30am - 10:30am Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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Join us to honor the 2020-2021 WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities finalists with an interactive event spotlighting their unique journeys of urban transformation and featuring our jury of urban leaders and visionaries. ​​​​Selected from a pool of 262 submissions from 54 countries, one grand prize winner will receive $250,000 and each runner-up will receive $25,000.

The ceremony will feature all five finalists, members of the distinguished Prize for Cities Jury, and award-winning master of ceremonies Femi Oke:

  • Profiles of each finalist and their unique approaches to tackling climate change and inequality 
  • Fireside chat on the future of cities post-COVID
  • $250,000-grand prize presentation by Stephen Ross
  • Update from 2018-2019 Prize winner, SARSAI
  • Insights from the Prize Jury on why urban changemakers are more important than ever

Prize Judges

Chosen for their outstanding impact addressing climate change and urban inequality, the finalist projects are:

As urban leaders look for new solutions, these projects show what’s possible when cities, communities, NGOs, universities and businesses work together to create solutions for people and the planet. Join us for this interactive event to celebrate and explore these transformative projects and announce the grand prize winner.

COVID-19 Relief

COVID-19 has disrupted cities everywhere. Community groups, businesses, and governments are tasked with responding and rebuilding from the pandemic – while still striving to make cities more equitable and resilient for everyone. From India to Kenya, many projects and organizations that submitted to the Prize for Cities are responding to COVID and utilizing their unique approaches to find new ways forward.

Find out more about how projects are responding and support relief efforts at