SOURCE: U.S. Conference of Mayors

U.S. Conference of Mayors

September 20, 2016 12:02 ET

The U.S. Conference of Mayors & C2ES to Hold Inaugural Public Forum of "Alliance for a Sustainable Future" to Address Growing Urgency of Climate Change

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 1:30 - 3 pm

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - September 20, 2016) - In a new partnership, The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) have jointly launched the Alliance for a Sustainable Future to strengthen cooperation between cities and businesses committed to meeting climate and clean energy challenges.

On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, USCM and C2ES will present the Alliance's first public forum to examine ways cities and the business community can work together to reduce carbon emissions and meet state and national climate and energy goals. Baltimore (MD) Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Santa Fe (NM) Mayor Javier Gonzales and Elizabeth (NJ) Mayor Chris Bollwage, and Josh Sawislak, Global Director for Resilience, AECOM, will be participating in the discussion. The event, to be held from 1:30 - 3:00 pm, is free and open to the public, and is hosted by NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street (at the corner of Houston Street), 2nd Floor, New York, NY.

The meeting will take place during Climate Week NYC 2016, which runs from September 19 -25. During the first United Nations General Assembly post Paris -- and with the U.S. elections just eight weeks away -- Climate Week NYC 2016 will gather leaders from business and government to demonstrate how continued investment in innovation, technology and clean energy will drive profitability and lead toward net zero emissions.

As we move forward with the landmark Paris Agreement and implementation of the Clean Power Plan, cities and businesses are playing a vital and growing role in building a more sustainable, low-carbon future. The newly formed Alliance creates a framework for mayors and business leaders to develop concrete approaches to reduce carbon emissions, speed deployment of new technology, and implement sustainable development solutions. By building crucial links between cities and companies, the Alliance aims to spur innovative public-private partnerships and expedite solutions.

The Growing Urgency of Climate Change: How Cities and Businesses Build a Sustainable Future

Baltimore (MD) Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Santa Fe (NM) Mayor Javier Gonzales
Elizabeth (NJ) Mayor Chris Bollwage
Daniel A. Zarrilli, Senior Director, Climate Policy and Programs, Chief Resilience Officer, NYC Office of the Mayor
Josh Sawislak, Global Director for Resilience, AECOM
Bob Perciasepe, President, C2ES
Tom Cochran, U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

NYU Wagner | 295 Lafayette Street, Second Floor | New York, NY 10012-9604

About the U.S. Conference of Mayors: The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at

About the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES): The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to forge practical solutions to climate change. Our mission is to advance strong policy and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy, and strengthen resilience to climate impacts. Learn more at

About NYU Wagner: NYU Wagner prepares public service leaders to translate ideas into actions that have an effective and lasting impact on the public good. We ensure that students learn critical analytic skills and frameworks, understand the distinct context in which they're working, and take full advantage of the connections and opportunities within New York City. Ranked eleventh nationally among all schools of public affairs, NYU Wagner has been teaching rigorous methods of management, policy, and planning for over 75 years. We offer Master of Public Administration, Master of Urban Planning, Executive Master of Public Administration, and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs. For more information, visit

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