SALT LAKE CITY — Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Vicki Bennett, director of Salt Lake City’s Department of Sustainability, will participate in the inaugural North American Climate Summit in Chicago on Monday and Tuesday.
The summit will bring together municipal leaders from across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe to discuss climate change and specific commitments local leaders have made to the Paris climate agreement. The summit is hosted by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and C40 Cities.
During the two-day summit, Biskupski will also sign the Chicago Climate Charter, a first-of-its-kind international charter on climate, which among other things, commits signatories to “incorporating the realities of climate change and its impacts into local infrastructure and emergency planning through strategies of adaptation and resilience.” The charter acknowledges the critical role cities must play to uphold the principles of the Paris agreement, which the Trump administration withdrew from earlier this year.1 comment on this story
On Tuesday, Biskupski will join Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante and Paris Mayor Anne Hildalgo on the panel “Cities Adapt — Tackling Climate Impacts.” Biskupski will discuss Salt Lake City’s plans to address the impacts of rising temperatures, including the impact on the region’s air quality and watershed. She will also discuss the city’s clean energy plan, Climate Positive 2040, which will transition the city to 100 percent renewable energy by 2032.
Biskupski and Bennett will also join mayors from Milwaukee and Portland, Oregon, on a second panel, “Cities4Energy.” Panelists will discuss energy efficiency strategies in combating climate change.