On August 24th, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago joined the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of mayors and city officials that have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, track progress, and enhance resilience to climate change.
Also on August 24th, President Obama announced new actions to bring renewable energy and energy efficiency to households across the country. The President’s announcement included a goal of having at least 100 U.S. cities sign the Compact by the end of November, and mentions Chicago as one of the U.S. cities currently signed on to the agreement.
The Compact establishes a common platform to capture the impact of cities’ collective actions through standardized measurement of emissions and climate risk, and consistent, public reporting of their efforts. Through the Compact, cities are:
- Increasing their visibility as leaders responding to climate change;
- Demonstrating their commitment to an ambitious global climate solution, particularly as nations convene around a new climate agreement in Paris in December 2015;
- Encouraging direct public and private sector investments in cities by meeting transparent standards that are similar to those followed by national governments;
- Building a consistent and robust body of data on the impact of city action; and
- Accelerating more ambitious, collaborative, and sustainable local climate action.
Click here for more information about the Compact of Mayors and read the White House Fact Sheet on the President’s announcement to increase uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Reprinted from the Chicago Sustainability News email bulletin of 4 Sept 2015.