Mayors' Institute on Climate Change

Regional Plan Association and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability hosted the first Mayors' Institute on Climate Change on September 3-5, 2008. The Institute brought together the mayors of Babylon NY, Bridgeport CT, Kearny NJ, New Rochelle NY, Parsippany-Troy Hills NJ and Stamford CT, for a series of discussions ranging from stormwater management to energy efficiency, and from transit-oriented development to green site designs. The keynote speech was delivered by Rocky Anderson, former Mayor of Salt Lake City, whom Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced.

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Combating Climate Change:
A Leadership Imperative

Michael R. Bloomberg
Mayor, New York City

On Earth Day 2007, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg released PlaNYC, a comprehensive sustainability plan for the City's future. PlaNYC puts forth a strategy to reduce the City's greenhouse gas footprint, while also accommodating a population growth of nearly one million, and improving our infrastructure and environment. PlaNYC is widely recognized as one of the most successful sustainability
plans in the nation.

Introduction: Bob Yaro
President, Regional Plan Association

Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson
President, High Road for Human Rights

Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson, founder of High Road for Human Rights, served as Mayor of Salt Lake City from 2000-2008. Anderson gained international renown for his Salt Lake City Green Program, a comprehensive eff ort to improve the sustainability and reduce the environmental footprint of Salt Lake City's municipal operations. Rocky was named by Business Week as one of the top twenty advocates in the world on climate change and served on the Newsweek Global Environmental Leadership Advisory Committee. He now is a leading advocate of tackling climate change as a human rights issue.

Introduction: Armando Carbonell
Chairman, Department of Planning and Urban Form, Lincoln
Institute of Land Policy

The Mayors' Institute on Climate Change is hosted by Regional Plan Association and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. It is made possible by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, JPMorganChase, and the Leon Lowenstein Foundation.