MAYOR WALSH ACCEPTS TOP LEADERSHIP ROLE FOR INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE GROUP
Mayor Walsh Elected to C40 Cities Climate Leadership Steering Committee for North America
BOSTON - Thursday, March 3, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) Steering Committee, the governing body that provides strategic direction for the network of cities on the front line of preparing for and helping prevent climate change. He will serve on the steering committee as the representative for all North American C40 cities.
"Boston has made significant progress on climate action," said Mayor Walsh. "I'm proud and determined to build on and expand that legacy in this new leadership role."
Boston joined C40 in 2014 and has accomplished much in two years - from the release of the updated Greenovate Climate Action, which sets a clear road map to achieve Boston's greenhouse gas reduction goals of 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050, to receiving an international award for community engagement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.
Read more about Boston's C40 "Smart Cities and Smart Community Engagement" award and why Boston was chosen as the recipient, read hereand here.
As a member of the C40 Steering Committee, Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston will represent C40 in regional forums as well as on the global stage, helping to make the case for urgent and ambitious climate action as cities take on an increasingly important role in delivering global climate goals.
"Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston has been officially elected as the new North American Steering Committee member. Mayor Walsh will work alongside our existing Steering Committee member Mayor Garcetti of Los Angeles to represent the 14 North American members," said C40 Chair and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes. "The Steering Committee is confident and looks forward to Mayor Walsh's leadership in C40's efforts to steer this organization and actively represent North America and C40 as a whole in the global climate change arena."
About the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40):
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 10th year, connects more than 80 of the world's greatest cities, representing 600+ million people and one-quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens. To learn more about the work of C40, please visit www.c40.org.