Presentation on theme: "Beyond PlaNYC Hundreds of mayors have publicly committed to significant reductions in their cities' GHG remissions by endorsing the Mayors Climate Protection."— Presentation transcript:
Beyond PlaNYC Hundreds of mayors have publicly committed to significant reductions in their cities' GHG remissions by endorsing the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement However, relatively few mayors have articulated detailed plans for how they will achieve their GHG reduction goals. PlanNYC is most comprehensive to date.
Cities & Sustainable Community Development A small but growing number of cities have integrated sustainable affordable housing and community development policies into comprehensive climate change action plans. Examples: Seattle: Mayor Nickles is the champion of the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and has articulated an ambitious green agenda, including the SeaGreen Affordable Housing initiative Boston: In 2007, Mayor Menino pusshed through a sweeping green building codes
Cities & Sustainable Community Development Denver: recently announced that all affordable housing developments receiving City funds will be required to meet the Green Communities criteria starting in 2010; part of City and County of Denver's official Climate Action Plan San Francisco: In 2005, first to make a commitment to green affordable housing in 2005 (in partnership with Enterprise); mayor recently put forward a visionary green plan for the city
Cities & Sustainable Community Development Other cities have adopted very strong green affordable housing policies in the absence of detailed larger plans for fighting climate change. Examples include Washington, DC and Cleveland. Still other cities are leaders on sustainability overall that are still figuring out how to incorporate green affordable housing in a major way, like Chicago.
Cities & Sustainable Community Development Bottom line: Cities are where a lot of leadership and implementation are taking place Importance of educating mayors and other local officials about the benefits of equitable, green development