Nine mayors and two council members are taking part in the international climate talks, called COP21, in Paris. This group, the Local Climate Leaders Circle, includes mayors of Atlanta
, Chula Vista
, Des Moines
, Grand Rapids
, Salt Lake City
, and West Palm Beach
, and councilmembers from Santa Monica
and King County
The cities represented are all signatories to the Compact of Mayors, under which cities conduct greenhouse gas emission inventories, develop climate action plans and report on their progress.
To spotlight the range of actions that local governments can take to make a difference, new Local Climate Leaders Circle Profiles are being released. Each city’s briefs identifies its current emissions and other parameters and the city’s commitment to emission reductions. In addition, each brief discusses achievements to date and action plans to reach their targets.