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Mayor Kasim Reed to Participate in International Climate Change Conferences in Washington, D.C.

Post Date:05/04/2016 3:30 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Keith Reed, Deputy Press Secretary
404-330-6272, office
404-617-1568, cell
ktreed@atlantaga.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2016

News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed to Participate in International Climate Change Conferences in Washington, D.C.

ATLANTA –The City of Atlanta announced today that Mayor Kasim Reed will participate in the Going Green Conference and Climate Action 2016 in Washington, D.C. May 4 and May 5, respectively. Taking place just two weeks after governments traveled to New York to sign on to the historic Paris Agreement, the Climate Action 2016 meeting encourages all levels of government, the private sector, civil society, academia and the public to share best practices to promote sustainability.

In close cooperation with the Climate Action summit, the European Union is organizing the Going Green flagship climate action event to highlight and promote the green economy as an opportunity for economic growth, innovation, and climate action. Both events feature international speakers and leaders, including European Union Ambassador to the United States David O’Sullivan, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Montreal, Canada Mayor Denis Coderre.

“I am proud to represent the City of Atlanta in global climate discussions aimed at unlocking innovation and investment, sharing best practices and solutions, and helping make our communities more resilient,” said Mayor Reed. “I believe cities are leading the effort to address climate change, and Atlanta is at the forefront.”

Mayor Reed will speak on a panel titled “Smart Cities and Communities: The Backbone of Climate Actions” at the Going Green Conference on May 4 where he will share lessons learned from his commitment to implement technology in the City of Atlanta which will improve services and increase efficiency.

On Thursday, May 5, Mayor Reed will participate in the Compact of Mayors’ 2016 Climate Action Summit to discuss political leadership on climate change. During a session on “The Role of Elected Leaders in Climate Implementation,” Mayor Reed will discuss his engagement with the local business community to make the City of Atlanta a climate leader while also improving the local economy.

The City of Atlanta is implementing strategies to reduce emissions and to proactively working with Atlanta’s business and civic communities to support innovative and effective initiatives. Currently, Atlanta ranks number one in the country with 100 million square feet of building space committed to reducing energy and water usage over all participating cities in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge.

The City of Atlanta also launched Solar Atlanta, its first solar energy program, which will install solar panels on 28 municipal buildings, reducing energy consumption by as much as 40 percent. Other programs include an electric-vehicle fleet program, the$250 million investment to develop the 300 acres surrounding the Bellwood Quarry into the largest park in Atlanta, and the ConnectAtlanta plan which will guide the next 25 years of transportation policy and investment in ways that advance Atlanta’s larger vision of creating a more modern, vibrant and sustainable city.

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

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