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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez Participates in the Compact of Mayors to Tackle Climate Change

As Part of the World’s Largest Coalition of City Leaders Addressing Climate Change, Miami-Dade County Pledges to Take Action in Advance of UN’s Climate Conference in Paris

MIAMI (November 06, 2015)

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has committed to the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making their communities more resilient to climate change and regularly reporting their progress publicly.

By participating in the Compact of Mayors, Mayor Gimenez will reinforce his commitment to climate action by taking stock of greenhouse emissions and the current effects of climate change in the County, creating an action plan including clear and ambitious reduction targets, and implementing a common system of measuring those emissions and monitoring climate risks.

“The Compact of Mayors reinforces our county’s commitment to its people and its businesses,” said Mayor Gimenez. “Through this commitment, we are continuing our work to make Miami-Dade County a place where people want to live and where businesses want to invest. The actions we take at a local level will have a global impact, and building resilience to improve the lives of all and of generations to come remains one of my top priorities.”

Recent research shows that if every local government  in the world took action in accordance with the Compact of Mayors—particularly by targeting their building energy, transportation, and waste sectors—they could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of cutting the world’s annual coal use by more than half.

Miami-Dade County’s commitment to the Compact builds on years of efforts to combat climate change. The County is a member of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact. GreenPrint is the County’s community-wide sustainability plan.

About the Compact of Mayors 
The Compact of Mayors is a global coalition of mayors and city officials pledging to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate change, and to track their progress transparently. The Compact was launched in September of 2014 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg. The Compact was activated under the leadership of the global city networks—C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)—and with support from UN-Habitat, the UN’s lead agency on urban issues. In the lead-up to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, the unity and ambition among cities through the Compact of Mayors will inspire world leaders to follow suit and forge a global climate deal in Paris.