Cities with a mayoral pledge or formal city council action to curb carbon emissions are making progress on their goals, with two-thirds reporting quantifiable reductions in emissions from city operations and one-third for citywide emissions. So says the US Conference of Mayors climate survey released on Earth Day.
The survey findings were based on responses from 282 mayors representing cities of all population sizes and from all regions.
Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Actions in America’s Cities, is the latest of three reports on city-led efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climatic events.
Other primary findings include:
• Forty percent of all cities (282 respondents in the survey) are now working with their citizens to develop a climate adaptation plan;
• More than three-quarters of all cities in the survey now have plans in place to respond to power outages;
• For cities with such plans that experienced a power outage (in the last 5 years), one half modified their energy emergency response plans, with another 10 percent adopting an entirely new response plan;