Philadelphia, February 3, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday to attend the fifth biennial C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Mayors Summit, which will take place February 4th-6th. Hosted by the City of Johannesburg and delivered in collaboration with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), this event brings together C40 Mayors from around the world to advance urban solutions to global climate change through individual efforts as well as international engagement and collaboration.
“Increasingly, cities are pursuing sustainability policy, not just because it increases quality of life for residents, but because it increases competitiveness and resiliency in the global marketplace,” said Mayor Nutter. “In Philadelphia, Greenworks incorporates plans to address everything from increasing tree cover, to reducing building energy consumption and growing green infrastructure solutions. I am excited to participate in the C40 Summit and look forward to exchanging ideas with mayors from around the world about how we can work together to develop strategies for achieving deep carbon pollution reductions and addressing climate change.”
Also attending the Summit with Mayor Nutter is the City of Philadelphia’s Director of Sustainability, Katherine Gajewski. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS) coordinates the implementation of Greenworks, Philadelphia’s comprehensive sustainability plan. Five years into the implementation timeline, working toward the goals outlined in Greenworks continues to be an effective approach to advancing sustainability across City departments and citywide. In 2013, MOS reported that work on 95% of the 166 initiatives is underway or complete. The most recent progress report can be found online at www.phila.gov/green.
Ms. Gajewski said, “Cities are increasingly working together to share best practices and develop solutions. I look forward to contributing to the international dialogue on this critical issue and to bringing ideas back to inform our sustainability and climate planning work in Philadelphia.”
During the Summit, Mayor Nutter will speak at a plenary session on Building Adaptable and Livable Cities and Katherine Gajewski will present on building energy efficiency. Both will participate in a series of sessions over the course of the Summit on issues like advancing the urban climate change agenda; creating healthier cities by linking growth, prosperity and livability; and transportation and infrastructure. Mayor Nutter also serves on President Obama’s The State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.
Travel and accommodation expenses are being provided for participating cities by C40.