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SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 10, 2019) — At the 2019 C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, Mayor Ron Nirenberg today joined Mike Bloomberg to release the American Cities Climate Challenge Playbook – a strategic brief to accelerate and deepen climate action in cities.
The Playbook informed by actions that San Antonio already is working on through the American Cities Climate Challenge, provides a roadmap for cities to reduce citywide emissions and create healthier more resilient communities.
If the 100 largest U.S. cities took on the strategies outlined in the Playbook, their total combined emissions would drop by 28.5 percent, meeting their share of the U.S. national target of reducing emissions by 26-28 percent by 2025 – the goal set under the Paris Agreement. This work would result in carbon reductions of 224 million metric tons, the equivalent of taking 47.5 million cars off the road for a year, or shutting down 57 coal fired power plants for one year.
“It is our collective responsibility to prepare for a future that is projected to have hotter temperatures, longer droughts and more intense rain events,” said Mayor Nirenberg. “When it comes to climate action and adaptation, our borders do not stop at the city limits or county line. I am deeply grateful for the ongoing support from the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge that is helping spur municipal leaders to act and create significant momentum by pursuing a common goal.”
“Through the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, 25 major U.S. cities have taken ambitious action to fight climate change, and they’re already seeing strong results,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, C40 Board President, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action, Founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Mayor of New York City 2002-2013. “Now, our Climate Action Playbook will help spread their successes to other cities across the U.S. and the world, drawing on the proven policies and programs that are reducing emissions, strengthening infrastructure, and improving public health.”
As a part of the American Cities Climate Challenge, San Antonio is working with world-class experts from leading organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and C40, to meet climate goals. The nine cities that presented the playbook – Austin; Boston, MA; Honolulu, HI; Los Angeles, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; San Antonio; Seattle, WA; and Washington, DC – are all among the 25 winners in the Climate Challenge.
Next week, the San Antonio City Council will consider the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, which is a framework for implementing policies that will lead to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Some of the strategies outlined in the Playbook include: initiatives to set benchmarking and performance policies for building energy use; improve public transit speed, reliability and user experience; expand urban pedestrian & micro mobility access; procure renewable energy for municipal demand; and promote EV adoption through infrastructure and education.