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Mayor John Tory, Elected 2014

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Cities are at the forefront of experiencing a host of climate impacts, including coastal and inland flooding, heat waves, droughts, and wildfires. As a result, there is a widespread need for municipal agencies to understand and mitigate climate risks to urban infrastructure and services – and the communities they serve – according to a new report released by C40 and a group of leading cities.

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Today, C40 announced the 35 finalists competing in ten urban climate action categories for the fourth-annual C40 Cities Awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD. The winners will be announced on December 1, 2016, at a ceremony in Mexico City, held alongside the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit.

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The C40 is an exceptional organization that brings together leadership from major cities around the world to take real and lasting action on climate change. From the very beginning, when I was asked as Mayor of Toronto to join the Board of the C40 in 2005, I knew Mayor Livingstone had an idea that was going to make a massive difference. Mayors of large cities that hold statutory responsibilities for large-scale infrastructure such as transportation systems, regional energy production, social housing, water and solid waste management can have a tremendous impact on both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and taking steps to address and forestall the sometimes devastating impacts of the climate change that has already begun. Bringing these mayors together — and through them the hundreds of millions of people they represent- remains an extremely powerful and effective mechanism towards halting climate change.

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Sharing good practice in city green funds is one areas of focus for C40’s Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network.  Following webinars featuring the cities of Amsterdam, London and New York, the Network recently hosted Julia Langer, Chief Executive of Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF). Julia presented the Fund’s fascinating work of using a small endowment to create, demonstrate and de-risk new financial products and financing strategies in order to mobilize private capital for sustainable infrastructure, and help Toronto achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets.

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Cities can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and cultivate a new fuel source by managing methane emissions from landfills, Lawson Oates, Director of Toronto’s Environment Office, told the C40 News Team. Methane is 21-times more potent than carbon dioxide as a GHG, making urban waste management efforts all the more important. And through creative planning and resource allocation, many cities can address the methane issue head on, turning a problem into an asset.

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