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.
More and more cities are making public engagement a key tactic in delivering their climate change strategies. The recent C40 Cities Mayors Summit in Sao Paulo featured a session on this topic, with panelists from New York, Tokyo and Seattle. Here, Emma Berndt, director of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) Outdoor Lighting program, which was originally developed and executed by the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), shares her observations on the discussion that took place.
Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director at WRI, has a great about his experience at the C40 Cities Mayors Summit in Sao Paulo and the importance of accurately measuring greenhouse gas emissions from cities. C40 and ICLEI announced during the Summit their plan to jointly develop a new GHG accounting and reporting program.
New greenhouse gas emissions data collected from C40 cities can help drive innovation, Nigel Topping, Chief Innovation Officer at the Carbon Disclosure Project, told the C40 News Team. CDP released a report during the Summit showing how cities are leading in implementing climate change strategies.