Houston Mayor Wins Climate Award

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has been honored for her city’s innovative work to improve the energy efficiency of the city’s public and private building stock. The C40 City mayor received a first place award in the large city category of the 2011 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Walmart.

“Traveling throughout nation and the world, it is the innovation and commitment of U.S. mayors, like the winners being announced today, who are leading the nation toward greater energy independence and lower carbon emissions,” Conference President Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth B. Kautz said in announcing the winners on June 17.

During the recent C40 Cities Mayors Summit in Sao Paulo Brazil, Laura Spanjian, Sustainability Director for the City of Houston, shared with attendees more information about the city’s impressive retrofit program. A core project to retrofit 271 municipal buildings will reduce energy use by more than 30 percent and save millions of dollars each year; since 2007, Houston has worked closely with the Clinton Climate Initiative Cities program, now part of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), to develop and implement this large-scale effort.  

To learn more about the actions C40 Cities are taking to reduce energy usage in buildings, a sector where mayoral powers are strong, read Climate Action in Megacities: C40 Cities Baseline and Opportunities , co-authored by Arup and C40.