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Climate Change Summit Coming to Chicago

Mayors around the world will head to Chicago in December 2017 to report how their cities plan to reduce their carbon footprints and reduce emissions. All participants have pledged to meet or exceed standards set by the Paris Climate Agreement, even if their home countries no longer support the agreement.

The inaugural Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy’s North American Climate Summit has the backing of C40, a group of 91 international cities fighting to reduce climate change. C40 reports that 91 percent of C40 cities in the U.S. plan to expand their existing climate actions through the transportation, building, waste and water sectors. The summit will help define how cities can combat climate change at the local level.

Chicago will provide summit guests with a good role model. The city received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2017 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award and has pledged to make all buildings in the city operate on 100 percent renewable energy by 2025. Plus, Chicago office buildings are number one in energy efficiency in the 2017 National Green Building Adoption Index.

 
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