It Takes a City: Collaborative Climate Action Planning

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
CM | 1.25
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You'll learn about:

  • Be able to start a conversation with other non-state actors about collaborative climate action planning initiatives

  • Understand the existing context of collaboration between cities and other non-state actors on climate action

  • Understand the need for financing for city climate action

Cities that collaborate with other non-state actors set more aggressive emissions reduction targets, and are better prepared to manage climate-related risks. This suggests that collaboration helps cities aim higher on their climate actions than they would alone, and can make them more resilient in the face of climate change.

The economic opportunity from collaboration for both cities and businesses is substantial: The emergence of the low-carbon economy represents an enormous economic opportunity. In 2016, 75% of the 533 global cities disclosing to CDP identified the potential to develop new businesses and industry sectors linked to climate change. The CDP cities 2016 report, "It Takes a City" including data that cities disclosing to CDP are seeking a combined US$26 billion worth of investment from the private sector for climate-related projects.  Cities in North America are particularly interested in financing.

The format of the session will be a panel discussion facilitated by Katie Walsh (CDP cities) with examples from the City of New York, City of Atlanta and City of Cambridge. City representatives on the panel will discuss how their cities have approached collaboration with other non-state actors and key city needs such as financing for sustainability initiatives.


John Lee , NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability , New York , NY (see bio)
Jairo Garcia , City of Atlanta - Office of Sustainability , Atlanta , GA (see bio)
Bronwyn Cooke , Cambridge , MA
Katherine Walsh , CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) , New York , NY (see bio)