The Alliance for a Sustainable Future

             

The Alliance for a Sustainable Future

A partnership of C2ES and The U.S. Conference of Mayors

U.S. cities and businesses are exploring how to prepare for climate impacts and how to address the emissions that are the cause – by improving energy efficiency and deploying more clean energy and transportation.

Both see sustainability as a smart strategy for the future.

That’s why The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) formed the Alliance for a Sustainable Future: to bring cities and businesses together to play a more significant role in shaping sustainable communities and achieving climate goals.

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“Cities are our nation’s economic powerhouses, making them a key proving ground for policies to increase energy efficiency, deploy clean energy, and foster clean transportation.”

- Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, Alliance Co-Chair


 

Cities and businesses are each doing their part to demonstrate climate leadership.

Cities are leading by:

Companies are leading by:

  • Investing in clean energy projects
  • Reducing emissions throughout the supply chain
  • Setting an internal carbon price
  • Helping customers reduce their carbon footprint.

 

Together, cities and businesses can accelerate the momentum toward a more sustainable, low-carbon future. The Alliance for a Sustainable Future creates a framework for mayors and business leaders to develop concrete approaches to reduce carbon emissions, speed deployment of new technology, and respond to the growing impacts of climate change.

Goals of the Alliance

  • Inform and engage mayors, city officials, and business leaders so that strategic opportunities can be identified and explored;
  • Empower local leaders to contribute to the design and implementation of state climate plans and other supporting federal, state, and local initiatives;
  • Build new public-private partnerships; and
  • Raise the profile of city and business contributions in accelerating sustainable development, resilience, and climate action to help implement international commitments.  

City and business leaders in the alliance will identify barriers to action and share research and analysis on climate and sustainable development solutions. By building crucial links between cities and companies, the alliance aims to spur innovative partnerships.

The alliance will also identify local, state, and federal policies, support action, and explore how those policies can produce new partnerships among cities and the business community.

In the first year of work, the Alliance will produce a suite of case studies and insights that highlight how cities and businesses are working together to reduce emissions and increase resilience. The Alliance Steering Committee has identified three action areas representing substantial opportunities for city and private sector action:

  • efficient buildings
  • low-emission vehicles/transportation
  • low-carbon electricity.

These areas present emerging opportunities for cities and businesses to leverage their purchasing power and increase their influence the local market. Success requires business engagement and finding complementary state and federal action.

The Alliance for a Sustainable Future was formed in June 2016. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski are the chair and vice chair of the Steering Committee, which consists of founding sponsors JPMorgan Chase & Co., Duke Energy, and AECOM, and the mayors of Austin, Des Moines, New York City, and West Sacramento.

At the alliance’s first public event Sept. 21, 2016, at Climate Week NYC, a panel of city and business leaders discussed ways cities and the business community can work together to reduce carbon emissions.

Read more about the Alliance for a Sustainable Future

For more information, contact C2ES Director of Sustainability and Engagement Amy Morsch.

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