City of Houston

Houston’s Climate Action Plan Will Aim at Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mayor Sylvester Turner will announce the initiative in the Global Climate Action Summit

Kelly Dowe, Director of Finance for the City of Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston City Council Member Amanda Edwards and Houston City Council Member Jack Christie attended a press conference held at City Hall where Turner presented his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018.
This file photo shows Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (center) at an event held at City Hall. Turner will announce Thursday the City’s Climate Action Plan.

Houston’s Climate Action Plan entails bringing together stakeholders from across the community to develop a variety of cost-effective energy efficiency, renewable energy and transportation measures that will reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and uphold the goals of the Paris Agreement, the City announced Thursday.

Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is participating in the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, said in a news release that Houston has “a lot at stake,” and added that “every Houstonian needs to get involved and share their vision for a more sustainable and resilient Houston.”

To design the plan, the City is partnering with the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), a regional sustainability research institute,  and with C40, a global non-profit that works with cities to develop and implement plans to mitigate carbon risk.

The target completion date for the plan is December 2019 and its publication will allow the City to start in 2020 with a defined path forward to reduce carbon emissions and continue to lead global cities in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The plan is funded by CenterPoint Energy and the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation.

You can learn more about the plan by visiting this website.

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