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Mayor’s Voices: Washington, DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray

In this exclusive address, Mayor Gray talks about his reasons for joining C40, announced Tuesday, and the opportunities the new membership brings: “I’m proud to join with Mayor Bloomberg and the cities of the C40 so we can do the right thing — do our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plan smartly for...

In this exclusive address, Mayor Gray talks about his reasons for joining C40, announced Tuesday, and the opportunities the new membership brings:

“I’m proud to join with Mayor Bloomberg and the cities of the C40 so we can do the right thing — do our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plan smartly for the change that is coming. We owe it to current and future generations to plan for their safety and for a strong and resilient economy.”

As the capital of the United States, Washington, DC has demonstrated a commitment to climate-friendly infrastructure, including green building practices, renewable electric power purchasing, and a world-class public transit system. Mayor Gray is committed to moving aggressively toward finalizing and implementing the city’s Sustainable DC and Climate Action Plans.

Watch the video below, or click here.

To read the city’s press release on joining C40, click here.

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C40 News Team
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.