Boston continues its long track record of reducing emissions while preparing for sea level rise, extreme temperatures and storms. Each year, Mayor Walsh has seen Boston of the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy be one of the top two cities in the country in terms of energy efficiency, highlighting programs such as the Renew Boston Trust, Boston`s Energy Performance Calibration Program and the upcoming Community Choice Electricity program. The city is also implementing climate solutions to make Boston`s most vulnerable communities more resilient to the effects of climate change. Climate Ready Boston and Boston Resilient Harbor are the city`s efforts to strengthen Boston`s 47-mile coastline against rising sea levels and storms, while improving public access to the waterfront and grasslands. These goals are supported by Imagine Boston 2030, Boston`s first urban plan in 50 years, which helps ensure that climate plays a role in urban planning and growth. This meeting will show how alliances with several stakeholders encourage cooperation and commitment to both an immediate green recovery and long-term action for climate change. Heads of state and government from Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Latin America will also discuss how national and non-state climate change measures can be better integrated into UNDP and ultimately promote greater climate ambitions. Cities and partners associated with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate – Energy share a long-term vision for combating climate change. Together, we are working towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program was developed under the direction of the conference, which, for the first time in U.S. history, allows cities, counties and states to obtain specific grants to fund energy efficiency projects.
This program has been one of the top priorities of the mayors` 10-point plan and the Mayors` MainStreet Recovery Program. The Obama administration acted earlier this year to distribute $2.8 billion for EECBG, which is included in the stimulus package (ARRA) that will benefit hundreds of U.S. cities. Mayors are on the front line when it comes to the impact on human behaviour – from their work on recycling to public health initiatives, they change human behaviour every day. This is one of the many reasons why 1,066 mayors continue to attend the conference of U.S. mayors and, in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol, are abhorred to reduce CO2 emissions in their cities below 1990 levels. Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels was the founder of the movement. Click on the link below to see a list of all the U.S. cities where mayors have signed the mayors` agreement on climate change. Vinis said it was particularly important for smaller cities like theirs (169,000 inhabitants) to define climate policy, although the impact could be relatively small.
Eugene has just released its climate change plan 2.0, which promotes the city`s current goals of reducing fossil fuel consumption by 50% by 2030 from 2010 levels and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 7.6% per year by 2100. The plan, which must be approved by the City Council, also includes contacting municipal organizations, businesses and the University of Oregon to work together to reduce energy, as well as an action group to ensure that low-income and minority communities receive climate benefits. U.S. Mayors Report on a Decade of Climate Leadership was published on the eve of COP21 in Paris, where 35 United States.