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Mayor Sendzik joins Compact of Mayors working together to address climate change

Mayor Sendzik joins Compact of Mayors working together to address climate change

The City of St. Catharines has joined a global initiative to address climate change through the Compact of Mayors. At its meeting on Nov. 30, City Council endorsed a motion for Mayor Sendzik to join the Compact of Mayors and pledged the City’s intent to be a part of the global solution to address climate change.

“As Council meets this week, world leaders are meeting in Paris to set new targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change – one of the greatest challenges of our time,” stated Mayor Walter Sendzik. “It is widely recognized that cities have an important leadership role to play in addressing the local impacts of climate change. I’m proud that the City of St. Catharines has joined on to be part of the global solution to climate change.”

The Compact of Mayors is a coalition of progressive city leaders working to address climate change by pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, tracking progress and preparing for the impacts of climate change. Launched at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit and led by former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, the Compact of Mayors sends a strong signal that cities around the world are committed to lead in the response to climate change.

The City of St. Catharines has demonstrated its commitment to corporate and environmental sustainability in its new Strategic Plan with specific goals and objectives to lead in environmental protection and to 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.

The City of St. Catharines will be represented in a delegation of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative at the COP21 conference taking place in Paris and the city’s support for the Compact of Mayors will be carried to the conference.

“Council has recognized that we must take action to protect the natural environment for future generations of our community to enjoy, and also to be a part of the global solution. Joining the Compact is an opportunity for St. Catharines to further demonstrate our commitment to environmental sustainability and our vision to be the most dynamic, innovative sustainable and livable city in North America,” said Mayor Sendzik.

The Compact of Mayors sets requirements for cities to meet over several years related to climate change adaptation and mitigation.  City staff will prepare a report on the full details of participation in the Compact of Mayors for future consideration in line with the Strategic Plan and Sustainability Strategy. For more information about the Compact of Mayors visit www.compactofmayors.org.