Brazil treelined Rua Gonalo de Carvalho-clicrbsdotcombrThe Mayor’s Challenge is a contest run by Bloomberg Philanthropies to find the best ideas bubbling out of our cities–from data mining to turning foreclosed houses into urban farms.

New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg is funding the best ideas of local governments using the competition  that will result in the winner taking home $5 million and four runners-up getting $1 million each.

For instance, Phoenix, Arizona, wants to create 15 “smart energy districts” that will work on integrating smart grids, renewable energy, cool roofs and urban agriculture

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