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January 10, 2017

Mayor Bowser’s Trip to Mexico City C40 Summit!

Tue Jan 10, 2017 at 03:01:05 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

All sustainability organizations and advocates are invited to DCEN’s monthly networking opportunity. This will be the first of two climate focused briefings in January/February.

On January 18th at NOON, join the DC Environmental Network for a special climate briefing on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s recent trip to Mexico City to participate in the C40 Mayors Climate Summit. This briefing will include comments from Tommy Wells, Director of the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), and other individuals who were part of the District of Columbia’s summit delegation.

At the summit, Mayor Bowser joined more than 60 mayors and deputy mayors from all over the world, as well as hundreds of urban and sustainability leaders, who are committed to taking meaningful action on climate change. From the District’s press release:
“Speakers at the C40 Mayors Summit include nearly 40 mayors from the world’s largest and most influential cities; business leaders of Fortune 500 companies; elected officials at all levels of government; prominent non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders; internationally-renowned climate experts; and celebrity activists.                                                        ‘

[Mayor Bowser, 3rd from right, taking the stage with other global climate focused Mayors!]

“This summit signifies DC’s commitment to the Paris Agreement and to securing a future for our city in the face of climate change,” said Mayor Bowser. “Under our Sustainable DC plan, the District is investing in green infrastructure and spurring economic growth. We are also implementing more sustainable improvements in living standards for our citizens by planning a dense, connected city that is prepared to withstand climate impacts. Our participation in the Summit is an opportunity to both strengthen ties abroad as well as ensure the continued resilience and vitality of the District in light of climate threats.”
DCEN greatly appreciates Mayor Bowser’s commitment to being a global climate leader and believe District agencies are working hard to protect District residents from climate change impacts. The fact that the Mayor took the time to participate in the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City is something we can and should be proud of. We are excited to offer the opportunity to get briefed on what occurred in Mexico City to DCEN participants. Our panelists, who also attended the C40 Mayors Summit, include:
Tommy Wells, Director, Department of Energy and Environment
Bill Updike, Chief, Green Building and Climate Branch, Department of Energy and Environment
Brendan Shane, Regional Director for North America, C40 Climate Leadership Group
Mayor Muriel Bowser (Invited)
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