The City of St. Catharines has joined a global initiative to address climate change through the Compact of Mayors. On Nov. 30, 2015, City Council endorsed a motion by Mayor Sendzik to join the Compact and pledge the city’s intent to be a part of the global solution to address climate change.
The Compact of Mayors was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, under the leadership of the world’s global city networks. Through the Compact, cities are:
- Increasing their visibility as leaders responding to climate change;
- Demonstrating their commitment to an ambitious global climate solution, particularly as nations convene around a new climate agreement in Paris in December 2015;
- Encouraging direct public and private sector investments in cities by meeting transparent standards that are similar to those followed by national governments;
- Building a consistent and robust body of data on the impact of city action; and
- Accelerating more ambitious, collaborative, and sustainable local climate action.
The City of St. Catharines has demonstrated its commitment to corporate and environmental sustainability in its Strategic Plan with specific goals and objectives to lead in environmental protection and be prepared for the impacts of climate change. The City also adopted a corporate sustainability strategy called Tending our Garden City in 2011, with detailed goals and strategies for St. Catharines to become a sustainable community.