Mayor Caldwell Hosts Second Annual Climate Mayors Summit in Honolulu

Summit convenes more than 50 U.S. mayors to share city climate solutions, discuss partnerships and reinforce commitment to honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals

 

June 27, 2019 – Honolulu, HI – Today, Honolulu Mayor Kirk W. Caldwell, in partnership with Climate Mayors and C40 Cities, hosts the second-annual Climate Mayors Summit, a convening of the Climate Mayors network to discuss solutions and challenges in cities’ work to combat the climate crisis.

The one-day Summit, which takes place ahead of the upcoming 87th Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors in Honolulu, gathers more than 50 U.S. mayors and industry leaders to discuss the increasing role of cities in fighting climate change, and share their learnings on issues ranging from renewable energy deployment to the financial risks of climate change.

“The climate crisis is redefining what it means to be a mayor all across our country, and Hawaiʻi is becoming a hub for serious discussion between business, policy makers and nonprofit organizations about what’s possible in the 21st century,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “Honolulu is on the leading edge of the renewable energy revolution, and it’s an honor to host this summit and learn from dozens of leading mayors who are pioneering solutions in their own cities. We are truly all in this together.”

Cities are home to over half of the world’s population – a number projected to increase significantly in the coming decades – and it is estimated that cities account for about seventy percent of global carbon emissions. This, combined with environmental rollbacks and climate inaction under the current federal government, has catalyzed a growing movement among U.S. cities to take ambitious and comprehensive steps to reduce carbon pollution and fight the climate challenge at a local level.

Seeing firsthand the impacts of the climate crisis in their communities, mayors are at the forefront of climate action in the United States. In light of the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Climate Mayors recognize the urgent need to dramatically reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and transition to a clean energy economy. As the Chair of Climate Mayors, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is helping to lead the way, announcing a citywide Green New Deal plan earlier this year.

“Cities are on the frontlines of the climate crisis — and if Washington won’t act to preserve our planet, mayors will,” said Mayor Garcetti. “No matter what happens on the national level, Climate Mayors will keep doing our part to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and enact policies that strengthen global health, protect our most vulnerable residents, and create a green economy that works for everyone.”

“From investing in low-carbon transit to strengthening energy efficiency in buildings, cities large and small have a role to play in fighting climate change,” said Co-Chair and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. “I’m looking forward to convening with a diverse group of Climate Mayors this week to collaborate on creating a healthy, sustainable planet from the bottom-up.”

“In Boston and in cities everywhere, we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. From rising sea levels to extreme heat and weather events, we know firsthand what is at stake,” said Co-Chair and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who hosted last year’s inaugural Climate Mayors Summit. “By addressing this challenge, mayors can build a stronger, healthier world – not just for future generations, but for our residents now. I look forward to the conversations ahead and building on solutions that meet the urgency of what is at risk for our communities.”

In addition to hosting discussions around city climate solutions, the Climate Mayors Summit will unveil the latest progress of the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative, a joint partnership with the Electrification Coalition and Sourcewell that works to help cities accelerate electric vehicle deployment. By leveraging the collective buying power of cities, the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative helps reduce the cost of electric vehicles and EV charging infrastructure to advance low-carbon transit options in U.S. cities.

The Climate Mayors Summit is being held one day ahead of the 87th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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About Climate Mayors

Climate Mayors, founded in 2014, is a diverse network of U.S. city leaders who have committed to fighting climate change. In response to the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, the network’s ranks swelled to more than 400 U.S. mayors from across the country who have committed to taking ambitious action to meet each of their cities’ current climate goals, while working together towards achieving our national Paris targets. Climate Mayors is founded and Chaired by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Co-Chaired by Mayors Madeline Rogero (Knoxville), Sylvester Turner (Houston) and Martin J. Walsh (Boston).

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